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Excellent resource for strategic business decisions.
on April 16, 2004
I decided to pick up this book with the hope that it could shed some light on the heated offshore outsourcing discussion for me. It did, but not in the "for or against" way I expected. More than anything else, the authors are focused on boiling down the concepts of offshore outsourcing so that readers can apply them to their own situations.
The business model chapter is particularly good and does an excellent job of broadening the definition of offshore outsourcing. Like a lot of other folks, I thought offshore outsourcing typically involved a U.S. company sending customer service or IT to an Indian company. The authors make it clear that that's not the case by going into detail about hybrid delivery models, captive centers, shared services, build, operate, and transfer models, and other business and delivery models.
The authors divide the book into three sections: the first part is an overview of offshore outsourcing, the second part talks about the different areas companies have outsourced (had no idea about human resources), and the third discusses how companies can select a vendor and a country and begin a project of their own if they find that offshore outsourcing is a viable option for them.
Overall, I thought this book was very informative, but don't expect the authors to come out guns a blazing on one side or another of the offshore debate. This is a "comprehensive guide," not a manifesto.