January 26, 2010

A Better Way to Structure Outsourcing Contracts

You may be faced with the daunting task of establishing an outsourcing contract with a new vendor. Typically you are confronted with a few well-established approaches to tackling this challenge. We’ll review the options you’ve likely considered, and offer a model that Waverley has been using for many years that we believe offers a better…

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December 29, 2009

Scrum Master Training

I recently attended a Certified Scrum Master training course and came away from the experience convinced it was worth the time and cost.  I have, of course, been exposed to Agile development over the years, but more from an informal, incidental perspective and from reading books on the subject.  The major concepts of short iterations,…

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November 24, 2009

The Days of Easy Labor Arbitrage are Over. Look for Value in Outsourcing

A short history of outsourcing In the 1990’s organizations spent a lot of energy looking for ways to reduce their costs so they could put more focus on their core business. Service firms sprang up to meet this demand to cut costs – human resources, accounting, security, internal mail distribution, catering and of course, information…

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October 9, 2009

Halting Development to Save Money: Good Idea or Not?

CIO magazine published this article, Keeping the Cash: IT Leaders Can Slash Costs which recommends steps to reduce IT costs. One of them caught our attention: “Halt the development of certain projects temporarily or permanently. If any of these projects are outsourced and your paying the outsourcer for time and materials, stopping the project, even for…

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October 7, 2009

2009 Microsoft MVP Global Summit

Last week, Waverley attended its second Most Valuable Professional (MVP) vendor summit at the Microsoft campus in Redmond. Like almost everyone else, Microsoft is working hard to manage and reduce costs and get the most out of the dollars they spend on their vendors. Comparing what’s going on at Microsoft to some other large companies…

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