Last February 2011, a UK-based nearshore IT outsourcing (ITO) research and advisory company named IT Sourcing Europe conducted an online survey and collected data from approximately 469 Dutch companies from different industries and proportions. The survey displayed that less than half of the total number of participants outsource a small number of IT-related functions and software development nearshore and the larger percentile (55%) conducted the said processes in-house.
This indicates that the Dutch ITO sector has matured and developed this 2011(from 2010), because more and more Dutch companies have now considered outsourcing as a viable platform for software development.
Here are some of the evidences of the said development:
- 10% increase in €0-49K projects
- 4% drop in €50-199K projects
- 2 % drop in €200-499K projects
- 5% drop in €500+K projects
The study also showed that from 2010-2011, Dutch companies have increased their offshore/nearshore - fixed priced projects and operations for software development by 34%. Other services that are starting to be outsourced rigorously are mobile computing, casual games-development, social media, 3D animation, and augmented reality which showed a 32% increase from 2010.
Most of the companies who have opted to outsource these services are small and start-up companies. These would mean that they are more in control of the management processes of the projects and they are trying their very best to foresee ITO agenda even if it is impossible for this kind of setup.
All in all, a 20.4% increase from last year is a strong indication that Dutch ITO buyers are satisfied with outsourcing even if there was a 5.1% increase in unhappy ITO buyers.