IT Outsourcing Trends to Watch in 2015

January 14th, 2015

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Another year has gone by and the world of IT continues to progress at an exponential rate. Innovation is ripe and IT practices are constantly evolving, so keeping up with the latest trends can be a real challenge at the best of times.

Outsourcing has become a hot topic in IT. With the progress in technology and potential cost savings from outsourcing, small business and large corporations have all in some way experienced this shift. So what’s in store for 2015? Here are 5 trends to watch in the IT outsourcing space next year.

Data centre outsourcing

As data becomes more important and the demands on data processing continue to increase, the trend towards outsourcing to specific data centres will continue to rise. Recent times have seen many organisations undergo a hybridisation when it comes to data centres, but this likely to move closer towards a fully outsourced model in the coming year.

Outcome-based pricing

Typically, the motivations behind outsourcing started as a cost reduction exercise. However as this has become more ingrained, the quality of the work being outsourced is decreasing. A shift back towards an equilibrium state is likely to happen in 2015, where companies demand greater quality outputs from the outsourcing arrangements. This may lead to outsourcing contracts being established on an outcome-based model, tied to business results. Furthermore, with technology improving processes and efficiencies, many developed nations are reaching a point of cost parity with their developing counterparts, so some operations are being relocated back home. This way, the savings can be channelled towards quality outsourcing arrangements rather than the quantity motivations based on cost as we’ve traditionally seen.

Mobile applications

As the ‘bring your own device’ revolution continues to flood through organisations all over the world, enterprises are more likely to be looking for more stable solutions. They will likely outsource as much of this as possible, as there are plenty of customisable solutions on offer these days. Commissioning a communications network where staff can use their own devices is a good way for organisations to keep up with the rate of change in this area.

Cloud applications

As networks are becoming more important and constant access to these networks is more crucial than ever, there are plenty of outfits emerging that create custom clouds for organisations. This area is seeing a large software as a service bias, making outsourcing clouds much easier.

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things revolution continues to gain steam and is already seeing great benefits at an enterprise level, including the manufacturing sector, due to the automation opportunities. To keep pace with this revolution, companies will need to ensure they keep up their spending on research and development, application design, and deployment. As such, they will turn towards outsourcing for much of this, especially the design, development, and testing of the applications relating to the internet of things. This will allow them to focus on their core business and capabilities whilst not missing out on implementing and syncing with the latest technologies.

These 5 key areas are likely to see a strong push in 2015, and there will no doubt be other developments in areas that have not yet been forecast – such is the nature of the IT sector and its rapid rates of change. No matter what other trends emerge, one thing is for sure: 2015 is sure to be another big year in IT outsourcing.

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