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 disadvantages and advantages of outsourcing


The Many Flavors of Application Software Outsourcing
Many companies are looking to outsource development and maintenance of their application software. Common reasons that companies outsource application software

disadvantages and advantages of outsourcing  for Standardization (ISO). The disadvantages have to do with language and communication, time zone differential, and physical distance, among other challenges. These disadvantages can lead to unmet expectations, inadequate solutions, and extra stress for the managers who have to work directly with the offshore organization on a daily basis. Summary Once a company has decided to outsource some or all of its IT spending, it must also select the most appropriate outsourcing model for its business. Different

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