Category Archives: Confusing Outsourcing Information

So... are these the world's best outsourcing advisors?

So... are these the world's best outsourcing advisors?

The IAOP has announced it's 2013 "best outsourcing advisors", and kudos to my former employer, Deloitte, for coming top. Credit has to go out to Peter Lowes and his Outsourcing Advisory Services group for their achievement. In addition, KPMG's Shared Services and Advisory Group, led my Cliff Justice, finished in second place - a strong showing and justification of their 2011 acquisition of EquaTerra. The biggest surprises, however, are the absences of ISG, the largest transaction advisor of outsourcing contracts, and PwC...

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So if the rockstars have gone, what's left in the analyst industry?

So if the rockstars have gone, what's left in the analyst industry?

Most of the big analyst personalities have seemingly fled the analyst industry... many for the riches on offer from their vendor clients, clearly seeing more ROI from employing them, as opposed to purchasing their firm's services. However, this hasn't prevented the remaining legacy purveyors of analyst services from making a living.

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Fooled by Forbes’ fantasy fiction?

Fooled by Forbes’ fantasy fiction?

One issue dominating the tech-media back channels of late is publisher Forbe’s use of its column “BrandVoice” to blatantly promote various technology products, such as Oracle and SAP, with the advertorials appearing like credible news and opinion articles.

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Shock, horror! Some vendors have bought the right to ''edit'' analysts' research...

Shock, horror! Some vendors have bought the right to ''edit'' analysts' research...

Ventana Research CEO, Mark Smith, convincingly blogs that some major vendors actually have contracts with some analyst firms that give them rights to review, edit and approve research written about them.

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Caught in the xeno-bamia crossfire, these are dangerous times for the "outsourcing" industry

Caught in the xeno-bamia crossfire, these are dangerous times for the "outsourcing" industry

The industry currently known as "outsourcing" is currently under its greatest-ever attack. President Obama has made attacking Bain Capital's promotion of itself once as a "one stop outsourcing shop", the focal point of his re-election campaign. And this is a serious attack - he has $512m in campaign money left to burn, and only $25m a month is currently being spent on attack-ads from both parties - the worst is yet to come. So how should the "outsourcing" industry deal with this?

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The great outsourcing sham redux

The great outsourcing sham redux

So we managed to whip up a tidal wave of emotion and opinion when we made the call that the "outsourcing industry", in its current state is, quite frankly, a sham. When over 30,000 people read something, there's a reason why... so let's drill down into what this all means

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Is the outsourcing industry really still that clueless about cultural issues? Or high time to change that record...

Is the outsourcing industry really still that clueless about cultural issues?  Or high time to change that record...

In Brandi Moore’s “painful” interpretation of the joint research we did with Softek about Latin America as a sourcing destination, she manages to disparage an entire industry, ignore the facts, offer tired examples as brilliant self-aggrandizement, and demonstrate a poor understanding of her supposed field of expertise (culture). We often take a tongue-in-cheek approach to our coverage here, but we take the accuracy of our research and reporting very seriously.

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So... on which side of the fence sits Gideon Gartner?

So... on which side of the fence sits Gideon Gartner?

So the Grandaddy of great big research, and (arguably) the founding father of today's IT industry analyst business, Gideon Gartner, picked up on our recent post "Will the industry analyst business be dead in five years?"

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Why I wrote that piece...

Why I wrote that piece...

So when I received many notes, emails, calls and comments after my weekend "rant" about the analyst business, I suddenly realized this thing was going "viral". How had I managed to hit such a raw nerve?

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Will the industry analyst business be dead in five years?

Will the industry analyst business be dead in five years?

Love them or loathe them, analyst firms and their unique individuals stoke the emotions of many who come in regular contact with them. But are thee days of the traditional industry analyst numbered?

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