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Technology vs. Outsourcing: How Four Job Positions Evolved


Outsourcing is a tool for getting work done, especially when you just don’t have the skills or the management bandwidth to do the work yourself. Outsourcing is often chosen because it can significantly reduce cost, either through more efficient processes … Continue reading

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How Do I Develop A Simple Outsourcing Plan?


A lot of discussions about outsourcing in the media make it appear complex, but it’s really quite simple. In fact, it’s so simple that you probably began “outsourcing” work at home before this became a trend at work. At home, … Continue reading

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Which Location Is the “Best Buy” For Outsourcing?


Not too long ago, the outsourcing of corporate office jobs was synonymous with India. Big news stories showed example after example of work successfully outsourced to India, yielding enormous savings.  Years ago, when IBM was the biggest and most recognizable … Continue reading

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How To Talk To Your Outsourcer


Outsourcing is a committed relationship. You have to work closely with the account manager at your outsourcer. Like every other committed relationship, you need to communicate with your partner. However, also like every other committed relationship, quality communication is very … Continue reading

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The Global Revolution In Jobs: When Did This Happen?


As we continue our journey through the second decade of the 21st Century, we continue to bump up against of outdated definitions and old limits to how the world works. Even how we work. A few days ago I saw … Continue reading

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Blue Skies, Black Swans and Backup Plans


As Hurricane Irene passes through lower Manhattan, there is  a tinge of panic but not the full-on disaster that has been expected. Wall  Street will be a bit mussed up, but open for business on Monday. For many in New … Continue reading

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How Modern Guns Conquered The Old West


No single story defines America’s Old West. Instead it is a series of individual stories… Big stories about Big characters doing big things. Usually with big guns. The West and the Gun are inseparable. “God didn’t make men equal Smith and … Continue reading

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For “Resistance Is Futile”, Press 1


Let’s face it, we have a very confused relationship with technology. Not just as individuals, but as a species. We are who we are as a species because of the technology we use. Too many other animals are faster or … Continue reading

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eBay… The New King Of Procurement?


A few blogs ago we were talking about how the next generation of Cloud services will evolve. To make a long story short, the best candidate would be large scale, on-line merchants with a lot of excess  computer capacity. The … Continue reading

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The Return Of The J Curve: A Lesson From Netflix


Nothing is free… or at least not free forever. The same goes for the lowest price. Eventually it goes away. Either a new, lower price is found, or the price rises. As the economy continues to rebound, free is no … Continue reading

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