IT sourcing strategy guide for enterprise CIOs

Last updated:May 2014

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Outsourcing is an arrangement in which one company provides services for another company that could be, or previously have been, provided in-house. In the age of cloud, big data and mobile technology, outsourcing is a viable option for any organization lacking the resources or budget to manage software and services within its own IT department.

There are several queries CIOs must consider in crafting an appropriate IT sourcing strategy for the enterprise. What are your primary objectives for outsourcing? Do you wish to contract with foreign and/or domestic providers? What services do you require to relieve stretched-thin IT departments? In this CIO Briefing, learn how to create an IT sourcing strategy that fits your organization, and get advice from CIOs who have been there, done that.

This Essential Guide on IT sourcing strategy in the enterprise is part of the CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

1Cloud services sought by outsourcing-oriented CIOs

Cloud computing is one of the more prevalent building blocks of an IT sourcing strategy. The sheer volume of cloud service providers has increased exponentially in the past decade, making sorting through their various offerings a formidable task. In this section, learn about the history of cloud computing and read real-life examples of how enterprises have soared thanks to cloud arrangements.