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European businesses unaware of outsourcing value

by: Carlo Abadilla

Thursday, August 13, 2009 | Outsourcing News |

Research indicates that businesses are spending billions of pounds on IT outsourcing contracts despite having little knowledge of exactly how much they spend or get for their money; as indicated by research conducted by Warwick Business School, UK.

Among 263 plus companies that were surveyed across Europe with revenues between $500 and $1 billion, only 8% knew how much money and time they actually spend on their IT outsourcing contracts.

Associate professor of Information Systems at Warwick, Julia Kotlarsky, sheds light on the situation: "The report flags a critical gap in managerial knowledge and some businesses clearly have to do better in justifying their significant outsourcing spend to the board."

67% of the CFOs (Chief Financial Officers) expressed that CIOs (Chief Information Officers) do not effectively communicate the pros and cons of outsourcing.

The research further indicates that less than half of the businesses surveyed actually measure the financial benefits or disadvantages of their outsourcing contracts - only 19% of the business that actually have, are confident of the results of their calculations.


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