CAD Manager's Newsletter (#157)24 Aug, 2006 By: Robert Green
More issues to consider when deciding whether outsourcing is for you.
In the August 10 issue of CAD Manager’s Newsletter (click here for archives), I began a discussion of outsourcing by defining some common terms and concepts. This time I'll continue the discussion by talking about the business factors that affect your company's decisions to outsource or not.
Thinking Faster and Cheaper
So in order to decide whether outsourcing can genuinely generate faster-cheaper work results, I encourage you to analyze your company’s needs in terms of common outsourcing parameters and how you think they'll be managed. Once you analyze your outsourcing possibilities using this faster-cheaper methodology, you can apply the same type of ROI (return on investment) metrics to outsourcing that you use with any other business process. The difference will be that you’ll actually know whether outsourcing makes sense. And believe me when I say many companies have rushed in to outsourcing without this financial analysis and have experienced dire consequences as a result.Read more >>
I’ve noticed that computer hardware prices have really dropped lately. Is now a good time to buy?
Robert Green replies: Good question. It really is astounding how prices on really nice computers, workstations and laptops have dropped recently. With prices this low you can almost buy a new machine every year and just throw them away! There is a reason why the prices are dropping, though, and I think that CAD users should be especially wary of getting new hardware on the cheap right now. Read more >>
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