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The Growth of Outsourced IT: Companies look to offset pitfalls that are impeding adoption

Written by  Andrew Trestrail

The current corporate preoccupation with cost reduction has recreated an environment in which outsourcing all or part of a company’s information technology (IT) services is once again circulating through corporate boardrooms. Under debate is whether farming out these IT functions can be an effective strategy for trimming costs, keeping on the cutting edge of technology applications, and getting the most out of existing in-house support. There’s nothing new about the outsourcing phenomenon. It’s a concept that has been around for nearly a generation, giving companies a solution to navigate the myriad pressures of increasing efficiency in an era when money is tight and attracting and retaining skilled talent remains a challenge. Outsourcing is the strategic use of outside resources to perform activities or functions that are considered essential but beyond the level of expertise that exists internally or what the company believes to be its core competency. Often outside partners bring more