Outsourcing: What is it?
Today, more companies are choosing outsourcing as a viable alternative for meeting their software, IT, and web content needs. In return, this has created many questions regarding the pros and cons of outsourcing, specifically, outsourcing to India. Outsourcing is the act of hiring or procuring services from an outside manufacturer or supplier. Outsourcing has many benefits however, there are also many risks to outsourcing, and some people feel that the risks greatly outweigh the benefits.
The Pros and Cons: Outsourcing
There are many benefits to outsourcing. First, there is no question that a company can save money by outsourcing. India has become the leader of international outsourcing. Many workers in India are extremely knowledgeable regarding technology, science, mathematics, and they are often above their global peers in the arena of computer IT, programming, and Internet Communications. Workers from India are often underpaid, and appreciate the international global economic appeal.
Through outsourcing, it appears that it is a “win/win” situation for all involved. American and other western nations can have their technical business needs and services provided for them at a discount, while workers in India can reach a global market and improve their economic status.
However, as time has shown, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, and when it comes to outsourcing their may be more risks involved when hiring international then there are benefits.
Outsourcing has its risks. First, when you hire a company from India to handle your business needs, you have no definite proof that the company will stay in business for the duration of your project. You will also need to take into consideration that there will be cultural differences, and possible barriers when you outsource your work.
Sometimes, these differences can lead to misunderstandings and may cause a rift in the working relationship. Also, there are different time schedules when outsourcing to India, so you will need to take that into consideration. Finally, what may be considered the biggest risk to think about, when outsourcing to India, is the concern regarding piracy.
Make Sure you don’t Get Scammed
When dealing with outsourcing companies in India, you will need to take steps to prevent yourself from becoming victimized. It is also important to realize that it may take more time to check out the credentials of the company that you are outsourcing to, but you should always make sure that you thoroughly check out a company before choosing to conduct business with them.
India is leading the way when it comes to outsourcing, however they are also leading the way with lax government Intellectual Property laws. For companies that are dealing with trademarks, or classified information, they may be surprised to learn that outsourcing to India may put their work and confidentiality in jeopardy. Outsourcing may save you money, however if you must sacrifice privacy, you may feel the risk cancels out the benefits.
Protect Yourself From Outsourcing Piracy
When you outsource work to India, you can never be 100% sure that the people who are handling your business needs are acting in an ethical manner. This is the same in any company, however when working on an international scale, it can be very difficult to track down the perpetrator.
Companies also run the risk of working with hackers, who will have access to the main company’s computer system and data. This can prove to be disastrous for a start up company that initially, just wanted to save a few dollars and advance their company forward.
Tips for Safe Outsourcing
• If you are going to outsource to India, look for a company that will adhere to your security terms and conditions.
• Research the company thoroughly, and make sure they understand Intellectual Property laws.
• If you can, travel and visit the company first hand. Though this may not be applicable to smaller companies, it is a necessity for larger companies that have a lot vested in their outsourcing company.
Finally, it is important to realize that outsourcing has it benefits as well as its risks, and every company needs to determine for themselves, which is greater. By taking the time to diligently research an outsourcing company, you can lower your chance of being scammed and enjoy the benefits that outsourcing provides.