Information technology is one of the most popular areas of outsourcing. It can, however, involve a range of issues. For example: software, equipment, premises, people, third party agreements, and so on. All these will need to be carefully considered, and steps to address them included in the transition plan, the SLA and the outsourcing contract.
THE EARLY STAGES
When considering the outsoucing of IT services, management must be very clear with respect to its expectations. It must clearly define the services themselves - in other words, exactly what it wants to be delivered.
It is always a good idea to measure these against the existing services, almost a benchmarking exercise. At the very least, this will provide useful data for use downstream, when consideration of suppliers is undertaken.
Having defined the requisite IT service, costs should be considered. Again, it is wise to start close to home. What are the current costs? How are these projected to increase (or decrease)?
Essentially, a picture is being built here of where the organization currently stands, and where it wishes to stand, with repsect to the IT service. Having established this information, the path to IT outsourcing should be far clearer.