In many countries small and medium enterprises (SMEs) form the backbone of the economy. When it comes to IT outsourcing, most SMEs tend to behave cautiously. For this reason, the specific needs of SMEs must be considered in both the outsourcing strategy and the implementation of projects.
Relevant papers from pliXos on IT outsourcing in SMEs
Services Integration in Nearshore Delivery: How SMEs Can Benefit
Nearshore Americas 03/22/2011
In spite of the fact that IT sourcing to the Nearshore is on the rise, only large corporations seem to have benefitted significantly from it, whereas small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) often have not yet obtained those advantages to the same extent. The benefit of using a Nearshore process integrated independent unit for controlling multiple external service providers will be described.
How do small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) best benefit from outsourcing?
Outsource Magazine 01/19/2011
The sector of “mid-sized businesses” (at the recent NOA Summit such organisations were defined as those with a turnover of up to £250M) is a major driving force in the German economy. In many ways, the challenges they face and the strategies used to tackle them are similar to those seen by large corporations. However when it comes to using outsourcing solutions and service delivery from offshore locations, these SMEs have not followed a similar pattern and success stories are still rare. It was therefore interesting to learn during the “peer-to-peer network session” on SME outsourcing at the NOA Sourcing Summit 16th to 17th November 2011 in London, and realise the SMEs in the UK face quite similar challenges.
IT outsourcing in SMEs - Right now, outsourcing makes sense for the mid tier companies
IT outsourcing has not widely been used by SMEs. Many companies avoid integrating outsourcing into their corporate strategy because they do not have business experience in the area of global sourcing. The potential to add value is perceived wrongly and the assessment of the providers quality and the increased management effort is not assessed fairly.
DIN-SPEC 1041 (Outsourcing of technology-driven knowledge-intensive business services)
The DIN SPEC 1041 for outsourcing technology-driven knowledge-intensive services provides guidelines for outsourcing projects. Therefore, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can be given the opportunity to use outsourcing on their own outsourcing project following a standardized approach.