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Leading sourcing advisory and benchmarking firm, Alsbridge, Inc., has acquired Outsourcing-Center.com, the most widely read source of research for outsourcing buyers.

The outsourcing marketplace is more complex than ever with new vendors, emerging geographies and innovative technologies like cloud computing radically transforming the landscape. Outsourcing buyers – both novices and veterans – need a reliable source for objective information on the market...

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Cloud Sourcing Summit Brings IT Executives Together to Share Best Practices

Posted by Ben Trowbridge on Thursday, 17 March 2011 20:56
Categories: Strategy

Alsbridge will host the second Cloud Sourcing Summit of the four-city series on April 12, 2011 in Chicago, IL followed by roundtables in Toronto on October 18 and New York City on December 9. The Summit will give IT executives the opportunity to share key lessons learned and discuss practical steps to take advantage of cloud computing...

 

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What do Cloud Computing and the Oregon Trail Have in Common?

Posted by Ben Trowbridge on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 23:48
Categories: Strategy

Cloud Computing is a lot like U.S. Westward expansion in the 1800s. Every person is out for themselves and they will either strike it rich or die trying. Providers are already jockeying for the opportunity to define the standards of Cloud Computing, meanwhile new cloud offerings and companies are popping up everywhere at a rapidly growing pace.

Just like early American pioneers who traveled Westward into uncharted territories, those embarking on the Cloud journey must carefully choose which supplies to take and which to leave, which route they are best suited for, and enlist a trustworthy trail boss in order to successfully reach their desired destination...


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Cloud Services in India a Bit Nebulous?

Posted by Ben Trowbridge on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 22:58
Categories: Strategy

India-based IT services companies, especially the giants such as TCS and Wipro, provide unquestionable value as outsourcing partners for U.S. clients, and will continue to do so for a long time to come. Their globalized services delivery model is well established and is designed to offer the best combination of value, quality and reliability. But does their edge in the sourcing marketplace hold up when it comes to the delivery of cloud services?

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I am so proud to announce that one of our Managing Directors, Chip Wagner, will represent Alsbridge as the sole sourcing advisor on the  “G6” panel for the 15th Annual North American Shared Services & Outsourcing Week conference.

Chip, who has more than 20 years of experience in professional services, IT outsourcing and business process outsourcing, will contribute an unbiased perspective on outsourcing, shared services, and hybrid solutions. 

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Cloud Sourcing: Why is Everyone Getting So Excited?

Posted by Ben Trowbridge on Tuesday, 23 November 2010 00:19
Categories: Strategy

The word ‘cloud’ will take on greater meaning and relevance in the coming year as companies, as well as the general public, become more acquainted with how it will change our lives. Cloud Computing is about to completely change the way IT services are supplied, consumed, and most of all how IT is outsourced.

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Keep Currency Risk from Ruining Your Offshore Outsourcing Agreement

Posted by Ben Trowbridge on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 18:11

The global recession created a volatile market for currencies, understanding how to manage the risks involved can be extremely challenging for companies as well as their providers.

In a typical offshore outsourcing arrangement with a U.S.-based client, the service provider must pay for personnel and non-personnel expenses in one currency (e.g., Indian Rupee - INR), but collect the services fees in another currency (e.g., US dollars - USD) creating a currency risk between the provider’s service expenses and the client’s fees. However, exchange rate fluctuations can be beneficial to the provider, the buyer, or both if an appropriate agreement clause is set in place.

In a recent whitepaper, “Managing Currency Risk in Offshoring Outsourcing” Alsbridge offers several approaches to maximize the economic benefits of a company’s offshore outsourcing agreement...


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Cloud Sourcing: Amazon and Google Help CIOs Transform IT

Posted by Ben Trowbridge on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 18:19
Categories: Strategy

On Nov. 17 at 2pm EST, I’ll be hosting a complimentary eSeminar with Mark Gulling, CIO of MeadWestvaco and Terry Wise, Amazon’s Web Services Director. We are going to cut through all the marketing hype and techie talk to discuss practical next steps for leveraging cloud computing today. I hope you’ll register and join us.  There will be plenty of Q&A during the eSeminar, but I encourage you to share your comments and begin the discussion here...

 

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Successful Contracting in the Cloud

Posted by Ben Trowbridge on Wednesday, 03 November 2010 18:16
Categories: Strategy

A lasting Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO) contract, whether it is traditional or a cloud-based agreement, is one that is fair and based on trust and partnership throughout the contracting process and beyond. As with contracting for traditional ITO services, a detailed understanding of service provision and delivery is vital before entering into a Cloud-based contractual commitment...

 

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Alsbridge Named to Dallas 100

Posted by Ben Trowbridge on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 15:53
Categories: Strategy

I am proud to announce, SMU Cox's Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, recently named Alsbridge to The Dallas 100™, an award which recognizes the fastest growing, privately held companies in the Dallas area.

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