Why Outsource Work?

Why Outsource Work?
Because you don’t have the time to do it yourself.


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ou’ve got a product to develop and you’ve got to get it into the market before your competitor does.
Because you don’t have the money to do it yourself.

Your business is growing exponentially but your resources can’t cope with the growth.
Because you’d rather focus on mission-critical issues.

You’re not interested in frittering away time and energy on non-core functions.
Because you don’t have the skills to do it yourself.

You need the best talent in the world, but it’s scarce out of reach just not available in your country.

In today’s globalized and networked economy, outsourcing has never been so easy or made so much business sense. The question is not “Why outsource?” but rather, “Why not?”

The Convergent Economy

Converging technologies of telecommunication, information technology and media have redefined the way we do business, with electronic commerce and enterprise systems becoming a way of life.
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Correspondingly, there has been a sharp increase in the need for qualified software professionals to manage these functions. Demand exceeds supply, and the dearth of human resources has resulted in increased personnel costs, longer time to market and longer product development cycles.

Chances are, you won’t find these highly skilled people in your own backyard.
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Yet you need them more than ever, now that competition is swooping down faster than business opportunities are taking off. And you realize that without them, your big dreams for a flourishing enterprise could rapidly go up in smoke. But you don’t have to manage all business functions in-house.

Outsourcing provides a neat solution to several of your business problems.

25 Reasons Why Outsourcing Makes Business Sense

When you consider the advantages of outsourcing, you’ll realize there’s a lot to gain by using it as an intrinsic part of your business strategy.

By outsourcing, you can:

  • Reduce overheads, free up resources
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  • Avoid capital expenditure
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  • Improve efficiency
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  • Offload non-core functions
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  • Get access to specialized skills
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  • Save on manpower and training costs
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  • Reduce operating costs
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  • Improve speed and service
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  • Establish long-term, strategic relationships with world-class service providers to gain a competitive edge
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  • Enhance tactical and strategic advantages
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  • Focus on strategic thinking, process re-engineering and managing trading partner relationships
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  • Spread your risks
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  • Provide the best quality services, products and people
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  • Be reliable and innovative
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  • Provide value-added services
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  • Increase customer satisfaction
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  • Avoid the cost of chasing technology
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  • Leverage the provider’s extensive investments in technology, methodologies and people
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  • Benefit from the provider’s expertise in solving problems for a variety of clients with similar requirements.
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  • Focus scarce resources on time-critical projects such as application re-engineering
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  • Obtain needed project management and implementation consulting expertise, along with access to best practices and proven methodologies
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  • Reduce the risk of technological obsolescence and increase efficiency by consolidating and centralizing functions
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  • Keep pace and minimize the impact of rapid changes in applications and standards
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  • Extend the reach to more trading partners quickly and efficiently
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  • Reduce the overall IT management burden while retaining control of strategic decision making.
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    The Outsourcing Institute finds, “Outsourcing is rapidly becoming an accepted management tool for redefining and re energizing the corporation. It challenges today’s executives to rethink the traditional, vertically integrated firm in favor of a more flexible organization structured around core competencies and long-term, outside relationships.”

    Highlights

    Global giants such as IBM, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, AT&T, Fujitsu, Motorola, Digital, Hewlett-Packard Philips, General Electric, IBM, Reebok, Fujitsu, British Aerospace, General Motors and Sears are keeping ahead of their rivals thanks to the competitive advantage conferred on them by some of the best software companies in India.
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    You too can benefit immensely from a successful outsourcing strategy.

    Several convergent forces like an exponential increase of technology in the workplace, electronic commerce, enterprise systems and a sharp increase in internet related new entities are resulting in an increased demand for software professionals. The need is further compounded by the lack of trained programmers in the developed countries, especially United States , Western Europe and Japan.

    Demand exceeds supply, which has led to increased labor costs, longer product development and even longer time to market. A recent Wall Street Journal article related a greater willingness on the part of CIOs to outsource software work that is not mission critical.

  • Reduce your marketing and software delivery costs
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  • Gain access to global buyer base needing software development
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  • Manage your projects online with buyer participation
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  • Neutral marketplace with global choices
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  • Economies of 24 hour X 7 days a week low-cost software development with access to global consulting firms.
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    For instance, Advanced communication technology has allowed global software teams to become commonplace. Some software companies are organizing global software teams to employ the best talent in the world.


    Wireless Router & Security: A Step-By-Step Guide

    Setting up a wireless router is easy.


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    ssentially you turn your cable or DSL modem off and your wireless router on.

    Then, you connect the router to the modem with a cable, and turn the modem back on. You are more or less done.

    The wireless network wizard on your computer will pick up the router and, if your ISP does not have any special requirements, away-you-go, you are on the Internet.

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    For ease of setup and configuration, manufacturers ship wireless routers with all security disabled.

    Therein lies the problem. If you do not take any further steps to secure your router, and a surprising number of people don’t, your network will be wide open to all passersby and strangers. It’s like you’ve hung out a sign, “The door is open. Please come in and help yourself.”
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    The problem is not that strangers will be able to use your router to access the Internet but that, without further protection, would-be intruders will be able monitor and sniff out information you send and receive on your network.

    Malicious intruders can even hop on to your internal network; access your hard drives; and, steal, edit, or delete files on your computer.

    The good news is that it is relatively easy to secure your wireless router.

    Here are three basic steps you should take.

    1. Password protect the access to your router’s internal configuration

    To access your router’s internal setup, open a browser and enter the routers setup URL.
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    The URL will be specified in the manual. The URLs for D-Link and Linksys routers, two major manufacturers of wireless routers, are http://192.168.0.1 and http://192.168.1.1, respectively.

    For Linksys routers, leave the user name blank and type “admin” (without the quotes) in the password field and press enter. To change the password, simply click on the Password tab and enter your new password.

    For other routers, please consult your manual. Alternately, you can search on the Internet with the term “default login for “.

    Don’t be surprised to find quite a number of pages listing default login parameters for many different routers, even uncommon ones.

    2. Change the default SSID (Service Set IDentifier)

    The SSID is the name of a WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network). All wireless devices on a WLAN use SSIDs to communicate with each other.
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    Routers ship with standard default SSIDs. For example, the default SSID for Linksys routers is, not unsurprisingly, “Linksys”.

    As you can see, if you don’t change the default SSID of your router a would-be intruder armed with a few common SSIDs from major manufacturers will be able to find your wireless network quite easily.

    To change the SSID, click on the Wireless tab. Look for an input item labeled SSID. It will be near the top. Enter a new name for network. Don’t use something like “My Network”. Use a name that is hard to guess.

    3. Disable SSID broadcast

    Wireless enabled computers use network discovery software to automatically search for nearby SSIDs.
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    Some of the more advanced software will query the SSIDs of nearby networks and even display their names. Therefore, changing the network name only helps partially to secure your network.

    To prevent your network name from being discovered, you must disable SSID broadcast.

    In the same screen that you changed the name of your network, you will see options for SSID broadcast. Choose “Disable SSID” to make your network invisible. Now save all your settings and log out.

    Since your wireless network is now invisible, you will have to configure your computers to connect to your wireless network using the new name. On Windows XP, start by clicking on the wireless icon in the Notification Area and proceed from there.

    With these three steps, your network now has basic security.

    However, if you keep sensitive information on your computers, you may want to secure your wireless network even further.

    For example, you can…
    – Change the channel your router uses to transmit and receive data on a regularly basis.
    – Restrict devices that can connect to the router by filtering out MAC (Media Access Control) addresses.
    – Use encryption such as WEP and WPA.

    As with most things in life, security is a trade off between cost (time, money, inconvenience) and benefit (ease of use).
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    It is a personal decision you make. However for the majority of home uses, the three basic steps plus WEP/WPA encryption provides reasonably strong security.

    Turning on encryption is a two-step process.

    First you configure your router to use encryption using an encryption key of your choice. And then, you configure your computer to use the encryption key.

    The actual process of configuring your router for encryption varies from router to router. Please consult the router’s manual.
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    There are even stronger methods for ensuring security.

    A strong and robust security method is RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial In User Service). Using RADIUS requires additional hardware and software.

    However, there are companies that offer RADIUS security as a subscription based service. The fees are reasonable and dropping.

    Therefore for example, if you run a business on your wireless network, have sensitive data on your computers such as credit card information, and have a number of users who access your network, you should consider using RADIUS.

    Since the service sector for RADIUS is dynamic and growing, a search on the Internet with terms like “RADIUS subscription” or “RADIUS service” is probably the best way to locate one.