Anonymous & Offshore Grading, A Conundrum For Educators
June 15, 2011

Outsourcing grading of college papers has taken on a new twist in e-learning. Critics doubt if foreign graduates have the skills necessary to function as Teaching Assistant’s at U.S. universities. Read more

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CFO Survey: Outsourcing Declines In U.S.
June 13, 2011

A survey by BDO USA, a consultant, reveals that outsourcing has declined among US firms. Read more

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New Privacy Laws To Impact Outsourcing to India
June 10, 2011

Though outsourcing has become a standard among businesses, there are some risks associated with it. With drastic improvements in technology, data privacy has become a relevant issue in outsourcing.

This is particularly true with special networks and cloud computing. Against this background, India has introduced modifications to the IT Act of 2000. The objective is to monitor security breaches more closely so that Indian outsourcing takes on a higher degree of reliability.

Although the new regulation has been received with discontent, outsourcing firms are complying with the Reasonable Security Practices and Procedures and Sensitive Personal Data or Information. Most firms are getting ready for the new technology rules in 2011.

The government’s intention is to promote offshoring in India with enhanced data security and privacy. But outsourcing firms will have a tough time obtaining access to sensitive documents. Some executive are of the opinion that the rules are inflexible.

Satya Prabhkar, CEO and founder of Sulekha.com was quoted as saying, “The changes to the IT rules give enormous freedom to the government to block any blog or website.  And this is definitely something that is not implemented in print media, for instance.” He added, “The act uses generic terms like being grossly harmful, libelous, harassing, etcetera, as reasons to block or remove any content on the Internet. The government should have a re-look at it,” reports CIO.in

Some companies say that implementing cyberlaws has been lax in India. Unless the law is executed, people will find a way to get around it.

Sachin Jain, head-IT and CISO, Evalueserve said, “If there are changes which can make our lives easy; and more clarity is brought into it (the new laws), it will be better.” In addition, costs are another factor associated with implementation of privacy regulations. Moreover, it is up to the outsourcing company to determine if they want to implement laws and not the government because it is not compulsory. However, by following the government rules, these firms can bypass the liability involved.

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Satyam Auditor Price-WaterHouse Allowed To Cross Examine Execs In Fraud Case
June 8, 2011

Price-WaterHouse (PW) has won a significant struggle with capital markets regulatory body, Securities and Exchange Board of India over Satyam Computer Ltd.’s falsification of funds, which led to a scandal in 2008. Read more

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Costa Mesa Controversy: To Outsource City Council Services Or Not?
June 6, 2011

According to statistics, Costa Mesa, California saved a bundled in legal fees after outsourcing city attorney work n 2004 financial year. The public legal duties were outsourced to Jones and Myer law firm. Read more

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Will Outsourcing Survive Political Noise In U.S.?
June 5, 2011

According to an online article in CFO.com, outsourcing benefits not just large firms but smaller ones too.  Nitish Grover of GLG Research looks at how outsourcing is climbing and the hurdles that it faces, particularly in India. Read more

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Infosys Lawsuit Reignites Indian Visa Controversy
June 2, 2011

The buzz from the Infosys lawsuit last year seems to be flaring up again. After Jack Palmer, an Infosys consultant alleged that the outsourcing giant requested that he ink documents stating that company employees were traveling to the U.S. to participate in meetings. This implied that these Infosys employees were not working during their stay in the U.S.; this was seen as a means of bypassing the stringent H1B visa laws. Read more

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Hyderabad Sweeps Over Bangalore As Infrastructure Hub For Outsourcing
June 1, 2011

India’s domination of the outsourcing industry has contributed to the growth of key cities in the country; one of these is Hyderabad, located in the center of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Lately, the city has been referred to as ‘Cyderabad,’ since it hosts offices and facilities for the latest tech firms like Google and Dell. Read more

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New U.K. Laws Increase Employment Costs, Spurring Outsourcing
May 31, 2011

According to news reports, plans to cut hiring in the U.K. due to new legislation are expected to increase outsourcing. The problem? Increasing employment costs, i.e. pension plans and medical leave are eating into revenues of small-to-mid sized firms. Business owners are saying that there is no other option but to outsource to survive, reports thisismoney.co.uk. Read more

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India’s IT Outsourcers Report Increase In Earnings, Indicating Offshoring Demand
May 30, 2011

Despite a lag in the economy, Indian outsourcing service providers are riding a wave of increased revenues according to reports for the latest quarter. The recession brought on a decreased demand for IT outsourcing, particularly as companies decreased discretionary spending. Read more

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