Outsourcing vs. Out-Tasking

This has been an ongoing discussion over the last several years.  A growing number of businesses are taking a new path for their sourcing strategies. Many organizations are adopting a more selective, “out-tasking,” approach.

How do you feel about the new approach to outsourcing?  Is out-tasking just hype, or is this a ripe solution for your organization?

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Loyalty: Most Important Component of a Partnership?

IT leaders devote plenty of time to landing new clients.  But, should their efforts be focused elsewhere?

The National Business Research Institute conducted a study discovering that increasing client retention by just 5% can increase profits by 25-125%, largely by retaining clients who generate repeat business and generate high-value referrals. It also costs more to acquire a new client (or to re-acquire lost clients) than it does to retain existing ones. Plus, client retention can help lead to lower marketing and operational costs, and therefore, boost profits.

What do you say, is customer loyalty the most important component in your client partnerships?

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Data Center Architecture Decisions

We all know virtualization is blending the lines across IT silos, and data center architecture decisions must also change to account for broader implications across the entire IT infrastructure.

Some IT leaders are still choosing servers, transport and storage solutions, which are independent of each other, and from a variety of vendors.  Some say these IT leaders are missing an opportunity to improve efficiencies and lower operating costs in the data center.

What do you think, is this Hype or Ripe?

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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again?

Plenty of companies have tried an outsourcing provider that just didn’t work for them.  In this case, some say you should give up and go in-house.  In a recent CIO.com article, they suggest to try another provider.

The argument is that insourcing previously outsourced work can be very expensive, and often complicated, therefore some IT leaders view re-sourcing to a new vendor as a more viable solution to a services contract that has become too costly or ineffective.

Let’s hear it: Is trying a variety of outsourcing providers Hype or Ripe?

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Forecast for Hiring in Q2 is Optimistic

According to a recent employment and recruiting consultant survey by Manpower, Inc., the forecast for hiring in Q2 looks promising.  They surveyed more than 18,000 employers, and reported that job growth is expected in all 50 states during the second quarter of 2011 and 33 of those states anticipate considerable increases in hiring.

In fact 16% of participants said they expect to increase their staff levels over the next three months.

What do IT leaders think – is the forecast for hiring in Q2 Hype or Ripe?

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Virtualization is Key: Virtualize All Aspects of your Business

Recent Gartner research shows that while 80-90% of enterprises have deployed some kind of virtual technology in their data center, very few have virtualized their entire infrastructure.

What do IT leaders think – does it every make sense to virtualize all aspects of your business?

Is virtualizing your entire infrastructure Hype or Ripe?

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