You Need to Know for Successful IT Outsourcing
IT offshore outsourcing sounds great. Wages are 3 to 5 times lower than in the USA. Mind-blowing savings and
ROI can be yours…but there is a BIG catch.
Just take a look at outsourcing’s dark side:
Can Be Dangerous Business!
“Outsource It! A No-Holds-Barred Look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Offshoring Tech Projects” is a remarkably powerful step-by-step guide for technology professionals and business owners.
“The quintessential guide to modern outsourcing, this gem of a book, laced with real-world examples, will appeal to both experts and newbies alike. A must-read for anyone venturing into this territory.”—ManojAndhappilly, Director of Engineering, Motif Investing, Inc.
Offshore outsourcing is an amazing and powerful weapon, but it is also a very complicated tool. If not handled correctly, it can misfire in a major way.
I’m an IT industry vet, seasoned CTO and offshore outsourcing expert, and I’ll be the first one to tell you I’ve learned many lessons the hard way. Those insightful, money and timesaving lessons have been carefully distilled into “Outsource It! A No-Holds-Barred Look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Offshoring Tech Projects.”
Companies outsource for good reasons, but they often live to regret that decision. Organizations often pour considerable resources into offshore outsourcing and expect big benefits and big savings.So why do they oftenexperience losses and both direct and collateral damage?
A failed IT outsourcing engagementcan cost you and your company in the following key ways:
Just like you wouldn’t jump into dark waters from a high cliff, you shouldn’t venture into the murky world of offshore outsourcing without an experienced guide. Offshore outsourcing can provide amazing cost savings and benefits, but only for those who understand how this complex system works.
Nothing replaces experience. My book “Outsource It! A No-Holds-Barred Look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Offshoring Tech Projects” is a step-by-step guide to the world of offshore IT outsourcing. It’s also the result of myhands-on IT and software development experience over a span of 25 years.
I have worked all sides of outsourcing, from working as a freelancer to running outsourcing teams that develop software for clients to buying the services of offshore vendors ranging from freelancers and small companies to multi-billion-dollar companies and more. Having worked in many industries running distributed teams and delivering software in high-paced and high-pressure environments, I truly have seen it all.
Outsource It! A No-Holds-Barred Look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Offshoring Tech Projects” is the definitive guide to offshore IT outsourcing. This pragmatic step-by-step guide was created to be easy to read, easy to understand and achieve results!
This Easy to Follow, Step-by-Step Guide Lights the Way
“Outsource It! A No-Holds-Barred Look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Offshoring Tech Projects” covers ALL PHASES OF OUTSOURCING. My goal was to create a book that would take readers through the entire lifecycle of outsourcing from the initial step, i.e. making the decision whether or not to outsource, all the way through vendor selection, negotiating a contract, managing distributed engagement, monitoring and metrics and more.
With Outsource It! you’ll learn exactly what you need to know to achieve a successful engagement. And you can achieve this level of success without dealing with all the bumps in the road that your competitors are facing.
25+ years of hands on, in the trenches IT experience has been packed into less than 250 pages. This easy to read and follow guide is packed with actionable information; information designed to save you not just money but also protect you from the stress so often associated with offshore outsourcing. Armed with the right information, offshore outsourcing is a game changer. But YOU NEED THE RIGHT GUIDE!
Have to Say About Outsource It!
“I manage several highly distributed development teams, including teams in Russia. Outsource It! is a very pragmatic, easy-to-read “how to” reference, which has practical recommendations for addressing the most common decisions and challenges with outsourced projects. In particular, I liked Nick’s observations about cultural differences between popular outsourcing destinations, as it matched my personal experience, and I could clearly relate to many situations described in his book.”—Kirill Abgarian, Program Manager, R&D, Quest Software
The truth is that it is almost impossible to compete in today’s market unless you have a solid outsourcing strategy. And when you get it right, the results can be staggering.
My career was built on understanding offshore outsourcing, how it works, when and why it doesn’t work and what you need to know to make the most out of offshore outsourcing. Thisexperience and insight has been condensed down into what IT industry professionals feel is the definitive step-by-step, how to manual on offshore outsourcing, “Outsource It! A No-Holds-Barred Look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Offshoring Tech Projects.”
Outsource It! is complete, through and easy to understand. Here is the kind of actionable information you’ll find condensed into less than 250 info-packed pages.
I discuss in detail everything from the risks and rewards of outsourcing to understanding the fine print, and I reveal how much you should outsource, a sample plan for doing it right and best-of-breed sourcing strategies.
What are the golden rules of selecting vendors and what are the warning signs that reveal you should run the other way? The book takes a detailed look at the selection criteria you need to know if you truly want your project to be home run.
Ever thought about the impact of personality? This can make or break a project. Learn about the benefits of “personality magic” and how to finalize your vendor decision.
If you’re going to negotiate, you need to do it right the first time. So what can keep you from getting the outcomes you want? I’ll walk you through the negotiation process and reveals how to create the ultimate “win-win” scenarios.
When you select the right development model, it can translate to a faster workflow and accurate results. And it all boils down to communications. I’ll show you how to really communicate with offshore teams, stay on target, and get the results you want.
Every project has its risks, but how do you keep them at bay? I will guide you down the path of minimizing the cost of failure. You’ll learn how to fix what’s broken and even when it’s necessary to terminate relationships.It’s all about maintaining the spirit of partnership.
I have taken hard learned lessons and created Outsource It! The end result is an easy to use and understand guidebook to the maze-like world of offshore outsourcing!
“If you want to work with outsourcing, Outsource It! is the book you need. All the steps are described, and for each step, a lot of pragmatic tips. If you already work with outsourcing, as I do with offshore projects and freelancers, you will still learn many things.”—Antonio Gomes Rodrigues, Java performance/load testing expert
Here’s a glowing recommendation from entrepreneur, TEDx speaker and well-known author Nick Loper:
Outsource It! is well-written from years of first-hand personal experience and walks the reader step-by-step through the outsourcing process. It covers everything from vendor selection, contract negotiation, communication, and minimizing your risks. There are tons of pitfalls to avoid with outsourcing, but the benefits generally outweigh the negatives, especially with this useful “instruction manual” in hand. – Nick Loper
Still not convinced? Think about the time and resources that you could potentially throw down the drain… that is, if you don’t proceed carefully with your outsourcing strategy. Imagine the horror of explaining to management how and where you went awry. Think about the pain and agony of dealing with outsourced staff that do everything wrong and nothing right.
When I help you navigate the process, these are issues you’ll never have to face.
Reading this book could save you not only time and money, it could also safeguard your most important asset of all… your reputation.