Archive for January, 2007

Report Predicts Rapid Growth of IT Offshoring

`6Up dramatically from prior quarters, 72 percent of CIOs reported that they intended to increase their spending with external service providers in 2007, according to the quarterly CIO User Survey released by Merrill Lynch on Jan. 9.
Up from 46 percent in the third quarter of 2006 and 58 percent 12 months earlier, as spending on IT services represents an increasing part of overall IT budgets, it is likely that offshore outsourcing will also be on the rise.

Spending on internal IT staff, however, still remains the largest part of IT budgets, according to the report. Still, it has come down from 42 percent in 2005 to 37 percent in 2006.
CIOs expected an increase of their budgets for consulting and integration, up to 11 percent in Q4 2006 from 9 percent in Q3. CIOs’ top choices of vendors for projects included ACN, IBM as well as Indian vendors for these types of projects. Systems integration remained the top IT spending priority for CIOs, with consulting holding the second place. (more…)

January 13th, 2007

Romania joins the European Union

resized_shutterstock_242641.jpgRomania was finally admitted to the European Union, and tens of thousands of Romanians gathered in central locations in Bucharest for fireworks displays and musical shows by performers that included Europe, Joe Cocker and Loredana.

Other major achievements at the beginning of the year were:

  • Rompetrol submitted a letter of intent to buy Naftna Industrija Srbije, Serbia’s state-owned oil company.
  • Renault launched the Dacia Logan MCV in France, at prices ranging from 8,800 to 11,390 euros.
  • AOIA, the Romanian car importers and producers association, issued a report that said the car market had grown by 19 per cent in 2006, adding another 256,000 units.
  • United Romanian Breweries Bereprod, which produces Carlsberg and Tuborg beer, said its sales had increased by 15 per cent in 2006. (more…)
  • January 13th, 2007

    Big changes forecast for UK outsourcing

    15UK companies will turn to outsourcing their business processes this year as much as they use suppliers to run their IT infrastructure, according to predictions by the National Outsourcing Association (NOA).

    The industry group says that business process outsourcing (BPO) deals based on the use of recognised industry standards is driving the growth of the market. The move to service delivery based on ITIL (IT infrastructure library) and programme and project management standardisation reduces risk for users, says the NOA.
    ‘The huge growth in the UK BPO market is the factor that will have the greatest impact in 2007,’ said NOA chairman Martyn Hart.
    He says that supplier standardisation will encourage companies previously concerned about outsourcing to embrace it, particularly for non-core, easily-standardised processes such as payroll. (more…)

    January 10th, 2007

    Despite A Good Year, IT Workers Were Less Optimistic About Jobs In December

    13While job prospects for tech workers look solid for 2007, IT workers in December were less optimistic than in previous months, according to the latest monthly job confidence survey.

    Tech pros were less optimistic about their job in December, despite 2006 being an overall steady and strong year for IT and telecom work and with 2007 job prospects looking solid, according to the latest monthly job confidence survey released on Wednesday by IT staffing and outsourcing firm Hudson. (more…)

    January 4th, 2007

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