Development/Programming Career Articles

Big Changes Coming for IT, Says Gartner Analyst

Technology and organizational changes are coming in every area of IT, and they are going to have a profound impact on virtually all of the 11 million IT professionals around the world—and eventually, everyone, everywhere.

The BPO Problem: Data Integration

Today, Informatica is embracing a broader definition of data integration that includes operational data integration—things like data migration and consolidation, building operational data stores, synchronization among different databases and master data management.

Q&A: Testing is moving away from IT

Sukant Srivastava is vice president of global services for Keane in Boston, where he directs a team that develops global application outsourcing products. In this interview with ADT, he examines the differences between traditional and outsourced testing and why outsourced testing services are a better fit for most companies.

Outsourcing off Los Angeles?

What if you could outsource to a company that offered the cost savings of an India-based outsourcing firm, but whose facilities were just a few hours away?

Offshoring pays off but not as much as you think

Process efficiency, management challenges, the nature of the projects and other factors have a lot to do with the success of offshoring and whether it provides financial benefits. Conversely, offshore providers and the infrastructure that support them are maturing, making offshoring less complex and risky than it was even a few years ago.

It's survey time

Have you been transferred from a corporate position to a service provider as part of an IT outsourcing contract? Here's a chance to make your voice heard.

THINKPIECE: Quality counts, especially in outsourcing

For many companies, outsourcing IT work is seen as mandatory to stay competitive, and even software product companies are offshoring product development and maintenance work to reduce costs. But many experts will tell you that outsourcing software development carries increased risks, most notably, quality.

ADT at Gartner ITxpo: Another vote to endorse offshoring

IT management needs to embrace offshore outsourcing, despite the "genuine threat" of job losses, because the trend is not going to go away, asserted Michael Fleisher, chairman and CEO of Gartner. In his welcoming address to attendees at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2004 in San Diego on Monday, he argued that two popular responses, protectionism and blaming others, including the people of India and China, are doomed to failure.

Report: 150,000 U.S. software jobs lost last year

The U.S. software industry lost 150,000 jobs last year, according to the Cyberstates 2003 report released last week by the American Electronics Association (AeA).

Letter: The real issue

Programmer calls for an end to outsourcing.

Out-sourcing again in Indiana

When companies consider out-sourcing of AD efforts, they often do ‘very simple math,’ a Gartner analyst says.

Outsourcing: An IT fact of life

As pressure grows to do more with less, IT managers turn to an expanding outsourcing industry that promises to build better software at lower costs.

Should you hire an outsourcing advisor?

For organizations that are nervous about making the right outsourcing choice, there are outsourcing advisory firms available to help.

IBM buys PricewaterhouseCoopers unit for $3.5 billion

IBM moved to strengthen its consulting business with the purchase of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ global business consulting and technology services unit. -July 31

Loudcloud agrees to buy rival

Loudcloud Inc., the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based hosting management services provider, last week signed an agreement to acquire smaller MSP rival Frontera Corp., Los Angeles. -Mar. 5, 2002

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