Mark Kobayashi-Hillary Outsourcing to India

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Outsourcing to India

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A day does not pass without a newspaper report about yet another company that has started outsourcing technology or other business processes to India. The Senate recently voted 70 to 26 in favor of preventing federal contracts going offshore, yet US managers continue to beat a path to India because it is the global leader for offshore IT-enabled services. Many CEOs seek to reduce their costs or improve service quality, but not many understand India on their first visit and some are confused by the culture. In this book author Mark Kobayashi-Hillary introduces India and the major players in the Indian service industry. He offers a balanced view on the trend to outsource to India, describing the reasons why a business should utilize India as an offshore outsourcing destination and the steps needed to find and work with a local partner. Not only does the book make a compelling economic case for outsourcing to this region, it also discusses how to manage the entire transition process, including the potential impact on local resources. Mark Kobayashi-Hillary is a British writer and independent outsourcing consultant based in London. He has worked at a senior level for several leading banking and technology groups and has been involved in managing outsourced relationships in the UK, Singapore and India. He is a regular commentator on India and outsourcing in the European press. Outsourcing To India is written from personal experience and several years of research. This practical guide will help managers navigate through the offshore outsourcing maze, allowing them to avoid many of the major pitfalls others have faced when setting up shop in India.

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"Outsourcing to India: The Offshore Advantage" is designed to be read in a number of ways. You can sit and read it straight through as the chapters follow the logical progression of steps required to work with an outsourcing partner in India:

- India itself is introduced by chapters 1 through to 6, with information on history, politics and travel. - The outsourcing industry in India is profiled by chapters 7 to 11, with information on the major players and locations. - Chapters 12 to 23 constitute the management checklist; a step-by-step guide to outsourcing to India. Alternatively, the individual chapters can be read as primers on each subject area, or the three main chapter groups can be read individually in order to focus on those specific areas. "Outsourcing to India: The Offshore Advantage" offers you the knowledge that you need to work in India, creating a successful outsourcing strategy for your organization.

From the Author:

When I first started working with Indian teams I looked in the bookstore for information. There were many guides to India, for backpackers or those interested in ancient history. There were some academic outsourcing guides, full of arcane charts and diagrams depicting the potential ROI of a transition programme. However there was nothing about the practical aspects of being a foreign manager trying to set up an offshore outsourcing contract in India.

This book is targeted at professional managers with a requirement to understand the offshoring process, with a focus on India for non-Indians. Offshore outsourcing is becoming one of the major areas of management where there is a huge shortage of skilled professionals and this book aims to address this issue through practical guidance.

I have found through experience that some knowledge of the history, culture and food of India can really help when doing business. Understanding the sourcing industry sector is also essential when first trying to ascertain who you should partner with (or whether you should just open shop yourself). All this information and a step-by-step guide to the common pitfalls at various stages of the outsourcing process are included in my book.

I wish that I could have bought this book at an airport bookstore the first time I travelled to India on business.

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