Home » Business » Human Resources

Outsourcing, Technology, and The Economy

Aug 26, 2008
Economies are constantly changing, and evolving. Whereas first they birth as a bartering system, they next take on a currency structure. This leads to a stock market, international trade, economic specialization, an industrial revolution, and forever continues to blossom.

Recently, economic rules that were thought to be ever enduring have been subject to change. No longer can an individual expect to be employed at a company for the entirety of their working life. Instead, career paths are now more flexible in society, and continue to be more so as technology and companies progress.

Outsourcing is one prime example of the evolution of industry. It has become common place among corporations, and the world is more of a global economy now than ever. The inevitability of outsourcing has led to an increased demand for items such as IT contracts or consulting contracts, and continues to create demand for advanced technology throughout various markets.

What is Outsourcing?

Outsourcing occurs when a business decides to contract out certain tasks or services to another business. For example, an auto manufacturer might outsource the production of seat belts to another company. Alternatively, a bank might want to let an insurance company sell its insurance products for them; or, a government might even allow a private company to pick up the garbage for the city. All are illustrations of outsourcing, and are becoming increasingly prevalent in today's economy.

Outsourcing comes about as a result of economic necessity, and transpires when one company specializing in a service or product can perform or produce it more cost efficiently than a larger company. The project from the larger company is the outsourced to the more cost-efficient company. What many don't realize is that it's imperative to create IT contracts and consulting contracts when outsourcing for a successful business transaction

Technology and Outsourcing Create Demand

Because of the nature of information technology, items such as the IT contract and consulting contract have become a necessity. Since information technology fundamentally entails the transport of data from computer to computer, and often spans the globe, it's viable for one company to perform information technology services for another country while distanced thousands of miles apart. IT contracts and consulting contracts reflect this reality, and are extremely effective in doing so.

Outsourcing makes economic sense, and its impact can only have a positive effect on the economy. In reality, outsourcing is one aspect of the economy which can actually help fight recession. As the economy exacerbates companies will strive to be more efficient. Those companies then outsource more to increase efficiency, and create more work throughout the global economy. IT contracts and consulting contracts are then put into play and reflect a solid business model for a struggling economy.

Regulations and Restrictions of Outsourcing

Recently, outsourcing overseas has become a major issue. Essentially, the debate centers on whether outsourcing is good for the American economy or whether it is causing it to plummet and costing hard working Americans their jobs. In order to regulate the amount of offshore outsourcing, U.S. government has put regulations and restrictions on the type of amount of outsourcing that a particular company can do.

Dependent on the nature of a company's business, different regulations and restrictions may come into play. Some state legislatures have restricted both health care and finance companies from sending customer information overseas. Other companies, such as IT companies, are limited and many times restricted to the amount of work they send offshore.

As issues with offshore outsourcing become more complex, the restrictions and regulations by both state and federal government are bound to get more extensive.

A Change Has Got To Come

During most economic changes throughout history, there has been resistance and even protest. Some are willing to adapt and attempt to make things more resourceful, while others wish to stay traditional. Although change in the economic model is obviously necessary, it has to be timed and gradual. Otherwise, a company in North America that outsourced its IT contracts and consulting contracts to foreign countries not yet meeting modern economic standards could experience a drop in quality and service.

Overall, every possible aspect of outsourcing should be considered. As outsourcing forms the most recent change in the continually evolving world economy, it's become especially important to our ever changing economy.
About the Author
James Cochran is the founder of ContractEdge, an IT contracting company. Providing affordable legal contracts and agreements for IT professionals and contractors, they utilize particular provisions limited to the IT industry along with vital "boilerplate" requirements. Now the demand for legal software services is greater than ever.
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 275
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories