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  • Reasons I don’t trust oDesk, eLance or such marketplaces

    Online labor marketplaces are those portals that allow individuals, firms to find qualified freelancers or agencies to get a job done, often remotely. oDesk, eLance etc. fall under this category. This segment has seen significant action both in terms of investment interest and growth numbers, especially of users. In a…

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  • The conundrum of legacy – Outsourcing case studies!

    Think about it. Would you prefer to get your product developed by a team that has unlimited case studies that are relevant to you or the one has impressive engineers but just one or two case studies? Intuition would guide you the former. But[tweetherder] if you are a start-up, you don’t…

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  • Is mobile app outsourcing, different?

    Yes, it is. For those who understand outsourcing well, you must now be wondering what could be so different about developing a mobile app than the 100 other web and enterprise apps they have built through outsourcing firms. In a word (or two) – Form Factor. When you are launching…

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  • What are you signing up for when you do Fixed bid, Time & Material contracts?

    In the last 10 years, very little has changed in terms of the understanding of outsourcing, by first generation entrepreneurs. While so much has been said and written about the enterprise outsourcing space, the dissemination of knowledge and best practices has hardly percolated to SMBs, Startups and to some extent,…

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  • Big Data – Choosing a consulting vendor for your pilot projects

    2013 could be the year when even mid-market firms have Peta bytes of data and their relational database systems start to fail them on real-time decision making. If you are the CIO of one such organization and is planning to do a pilot on Big Data, this article is for…

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  • Build Operate and Transfer – The India Perspective

    We were recently involved in advising a high-growth energy startup in Texas, on a ‘Build – Operate – Transfer’ initiative in India. Some of our experiences are directly relevant to many startups / product firms that are trying to establish presence in India. For many service providers ‘Build Operate Transfer’…

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  • Gartners, Forresters and Dinosaurs

    [tweetherder]Being an analyst is a sexy thing[/tweetherder]. You are courted by sell-side firms. They need the attention of analysts, to get into their next quarterly review. Buy-side firms rely on the ‘close to the market’ promise of these analysts. The notion of single source aggregation of information is dated. -[tweetherder] The world’s…

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  • The rebirth of solution architects

    [tweetherder]The cost and returns of outsourcing are always measured in comparison to building software or running processes within an organization[/tweetherder]. The returns often justify and its been an easier sell for most outsourcing agencies so far. With the ‘app economy’ taking over, with an app for everything, the standard insource…

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  • Guest Post – Service Desk Outsourcing for startups – When to handover?

    Times have indeed changed. Rather than hanging out with friends at a bar or a local café, everybody socializes using the most popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter. And coffee itself has become less of a morning “waker-upper” and more of an “en vogue” drink. The same changes can…

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  • Getting where you need to be: The Pros & Cons of External Development Agencies

    A guest post by Derek Juang (M.D.) – Cofounder and CTO – Docphin Inc. One of the biggest challenges we found as an early stage startup was in developing all of the great new ideas we had with limited resources.  In the early stages of our company, we had a…

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