The controversial area of outsourcing is a fertile breeding ground for a series of events running this year. There is currently much debate about the pros and cons of outsourcing, insourcing, multisourcing, as well as offshoring and near-shoring.
Two major events covering this area for IT directors in London in the coming months, both celebrate their fifth anniversaries this year. Gartner's Fifth Outsourcing and IT Services Summit at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London runs from 24-25 April, and the Fifth Outsourceworld Conference and Exhibition runs from 12-13 July at the Business Design Centre in London.
Gartner's conference, featuring many of its analysts as speakers, will focus on the need for disciplined multisourcing. According to Gartner, organisations that use outsourcing as an ad hoc solution will be unhappy more than 70% of the time with the performance of their contracts.
Successful outsourcing, says Gartner, requires a multisourcing model where the outsourced work is aligned to the overall business strategy. Organisations should choose which delivery model best fits their goals and carefully manage their outsourcing relationships.
Two months later, IT users will get a holistic view of outsourcing from a mix of industry experts, analysts, practitioners and top-level executives.
Among the confirmed speakers are Richard Sykes, former global CIO of chemicals company ICI, IT legal expert Rachel Burnett, and Mark Kobayashi-Hillary, global research director of Commonwealth Business Council Technologies and a specialist on outsourcing to India.
Exhibitors from all over the world - including China, India, Romania, Dubai, Malta, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Belarus and the Philippines - will be at the event, which offers a showcase for global outsourcing suppliers.
This was first published in February 2006