The Outlook of Outsourcing
Outsourcing is often viewed as the contracting-out of a business task to an external contributor. Onshoring and offshoring are terms that are becoming more frequently used in the business outsourcing world. Typically, offshoring involves the transfer of an operational process or service to another country, and onshoring is the transfer of a business process or service to the non-metropolitan areas in the same country. Both of these solutions find areas where the costs of labor and operations are less.
Just like every other business process, outsourcing has its pros and cons. Some benefits of outsourcing are reduced labor costs, and it allows management to focus on core business activities. Downsides of outsourcing are compromised quality of service, security, change in management methodologies due to greater distance between higher management and production site etc…
Imagine you have an offshore team working on an IT project. The results aren’t necessarily what you expected. Project management can be difficult considering the distance, the communication gap and the fact that you are sitting in the office, helpless, miles away.
Now imagine, the projector on your desk pops out 3D images of the offshore manager and his team. They explain all the problems and you provide solutions on the spot. As a result, the process is streamlined and the deadlines are met.
Currently, maintaining relationships is a tough task for organizations and outsourced teams because of the communication gap. It’s important to know the forecasted goals of the project. Augmented reality is virtualizes every aspect of business, whether or not the team is onsite and technology revolutionizes communication methodologies. The world wide web keeps professionals connected, even when they are thousands of miles away. As you can see, advancements in IT industry are revolutionize outsourcing.
The outsourcing industry has evolved within the last ten years and more opportunities continually arise.