Evolving through Recession

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Evolving through Recession

Let’s face it: we are in the middle of a recession, and no matter how hard we think otherwise, millions of jobs are at stake, IT projects are restructured, and companies are slashing budgets wherever they can. But while the current global economic climate does not spell “business as usual,” we all know that business must go on. This is an interesting time if…

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How to Work with Filipinos’ Cultural Traits to Achieve Outsourcing Success

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How to Work with Filipinos’ Cultural Traits to Achieve Outsourcing Success

In my previous outsourcing partnerships, I noticed that while there was too much emphasis on processes, methodologies, and product quality, “soft” components of the projects and outsourcing relationships were mostly overlooked, if not completely neglected. This is rather ironic because one of the key points that either break or make outsourcing deals is culture.

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Benchmarking the Philippines’ IT Competitiveness

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Benchmarking the Philippines' IT Competitiveness

Business Week recently unveiled sponsored benchmark of 2008 IT competitiveness Index, where the Philippines ranked higher than most of its counterparts such India, China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Russia. Suffice to say, Philippines has emerged as one of the major players in the global outsourcing industry specifically on the strength of the following indicators…

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The State of Software Development Outsourcing in the Phils.

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The State of Software Development Outsourcing in the Phils.

When it comes to the outsourcing industry in the Philippines, the first thing—if not the only—that comes to mind is the contact center sector. With nearly half a million Filipinos employed, the call center industry is so far the brightest sector in the Philippine economy. Beyond contact centers, the Philippines is also making waves in IT, particularly software development.

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The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing – 2: Why Outsourcing May Not Be for You

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The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing – 2: Why Outsourcing May Not Be for You

Offshore outsourcing is a brilliant business strategy for many businesses. Gartner analysts predict that offshore outsourcing will rise by 8.9% in 2008, and the trend will continue on to 2009. However, it is not (yet) a perfect solution to various business issues and requirements. Before engaging the services of vendors, whether by offshore or onshore outsourcing…

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