Published: October 2008
Outsourcing is a strategy increasingly being used by organisations to reduce costs and increase value. Outsourcing, however, has its risks. As organisations look to push out more of their custom software application development needs to outsourcing partners, careful planning is required in terms of building stringent software security requirements into contracts and creating a process and metrics to ensure that those requirements are met. This report examines outsourcing practices from 200 of the largest organisations in the UK and the US and provides pointers as to how the most experienced outsourcers are putting in place effective processes to drive the risk out of outsourcing.
Conclusion As demonstrated in this report, successful outsourcing of the creation of critical custom software requires an approach taking into account appropriate levels of rigour. Organisations with lower levels of experience in defining security and process controls should adopt those best practices currently in use by those with more familiarity and success. They can then use these as repeatable practices for ensuring the success of future projects.
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Published by: electronicdawn Ltd.