There is some truth in this statement. Most outsourcing contracts tend to be assigned to the vendor of the platform that is being outsourced, raising potential concerns about bid competitiveness. Even in cases where there are few qualified bidders for outsourcing work, creating a formal requirements definition to guide the outsourcing arrangement – with work reviewed each step of the way by a team representing key business stakeholders, audit, and tech-savvy IT staff or advisors, will help take the politics out of the choice.
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The unfamiliar always has a frightening dimension. But the truth is that virtually every business has outsourced important aspects of its IT operations since the dawn of contemporary computing. Consider that Wide Area Networks and voice communications networks, and the Internet itself, are all components of modern IT. Neither the maintenance nor the operation of […]
Perhaps the greatest fear expressed by business planners is that they don’t know what they are doing when it comes to identifying, vetting or selecting a mainframe outsourcing vendor. Often, those seeking to explore the outsourcing option do not know the lay of the land in the outsourcing world. They believe that a meticulous request […]
Another common fear that planners admit to having about mainframe outsourcing is that the arrangement may be based on unrealistic service level expectations. In fact, service levels are metrics keyed to a complex set of factors. When personnel, applications and infrastructure are all inside the business, the availability, accuracy and throughput of systems may seem […]
Most mainframe outsourcing arrangements do result in the transition of IT hardware from the client facility to the vendor facility. All too often, this engenders an all-to-common fear that outsourcing equals a loss of control. This concern, however, is not supported by the facts. In many outsourcing arrangements, your infrastructure will be hosted in a […]
In addition to misconceptions, some executives express fears about the outcome of mainframe outsourcing that can delay decisions. The number one fear is that expected cost-savings will not materialize. Some businesses report that outsourcing enabled them to realize only short-lived cost-savings from the arrangement – usually in the form of OPEX reductions – that disappeared […]
Misperception #3 is that implementing the mainframe outsourcing arrangement entails a protracted period of downtime: an understandable concern. In these days of doing more with less, it is usually the case that businesses are more dependent than ever before on the continuous operation of their information systems. An interruption of any length is a possibility […]
Another popular misconception about outsourcing, this one often has some basis in fact. These days, staffing in IT departments, especially in mainframe and midrange systems, is very lean. Technical staffers are often carrying the workload that was once supported by a greater number of personnel and, as a result, lack the time to do the […]
This is the number 1 misconception about mainframe outsourcing. Contrary to what you might read in a service provider’s marketing brochure, IT outsourcing is rarely a silver bullet solution to containing costs, reducing risks and ensuring top line growth for organizations. It is, at best, a strategy arrived at after careful consideration of factors ranging […]