We’ve just made another Christmas present for all IT outsourcing trendwatchers by releasing the German IT Outsourcing Intelligence Report 2011. The Report is based on the survey of the 304 German companies that either outsource their Software Development / Information Technology function(s) to an external service provider onshore (within Germany), nearshore (within/close to the same time zone) and/or offshore (more than 2 time zones away), or develop their software/IT solutions in-house.
Some of the key survey findings presented in the Report are:
- German B2B software development companies are the most active users of the outsourcing services
- Most of ITO projects take 3 to 5 IT specialists to complete and are valued at €500K+
- Web and mobile solutions are most outsourced, while SaaS/Cloud ones are least outsourced in Germany
- Nearshore is the most preferred ITO destination
- Most of German companies outsource to reduce operating costs, focus on core competences, access available IT resources outside Germany and speed up time-to-market
- The key issues in ITO are poor communication with vendor’s teams, change management, cultural difference and poor project management on vendor’s side
- Most of German companies outsource their IT / development to small providers via the fixed-price/time-and-material (T&M) models
- Most of companies refuse to outsource, because they want to have 100% managerial control of own software / IT projects
More interesting findings as well as the 2011 trends and behavior patterns’ comparison to the 2010 ones are available in the actual Report.