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Outsourcing and Blogs in general January 29, 2007

Posted by Charley S in blogs, outsourcing.
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First I will comment on the current trend of outsourcing and how it relates to the readings and class discussions we’ve had. I see outsourcing as the opposite of what vertical integration seeks to accomplish. With vertical integration, companies seek to manage uncertainty by buying elements of their supply chain to improve quality in the component resources they recieve. Companies such as Ford pioneered this by going as far as to buy rubber plantations in South America which they probabl knew they wouldn’t know how to run efficiently. Today, companies are going in the opposite direction, and choosing to use seperate companies to make a lot of the components, much of which is concentrated in India and China. This has led to firms such as Li and Fung in our reading, who specialize in finding suitable companies in China for American companies to use to produce their components. Another example of a company such as this is Accenture, who now employees 35,000 IT employees in India which other American companies can use for IT outsourcing.


Outsourcing is not just prevelant in America, BBC has recently outsourced some of its technical work and it has caused a lot of people to get upset and to strike.


Blogs in general have become extremely popular as of late, and in response to this many news organizations, such as The Washington Post, have started offering blogs that are specific to regular articles they run in their daily papers. Traffic of these blogs now accounts for over 10 % of the traffic on these news sites.


Now the authenticity of these blogs is generally not thought to be completely factual, but apparently the federal courts think they’re good enough. Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that operates a lot like a bog, where anyone can post information to it and submit revisions of information. There have now been over 100 cases where a federal court judge has cited information of wikipedia as factual.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/29/technology/29wikipedia.html?ref=business

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1. Jordi - January 29, 2007

Charley-

Can you change your nickname in your user profile to something more like your name so it is easier to identify you?

Do you like the look of your post more with yhperlinks embedded in text?

2. Jordi - January 30, 2007

I like how you link up the outsourcing in the book with the Accenture outsourcing.

I don’t understand how blogs are part of the same trend. Can you explain that more?

3. Charley S - January 30, 2007

My intention was to have the information on blogs just a sidenote, because it doesn’t tie in with outsourcing, but I think it’s relevant to what we’re doing

4. Jordi - January 30, 2007

Thats fine. Blogging is definitely germane (really, what isn’t?).

I thought maybe the newspapers were using blogs as a form of outsourcing news gathering.

5. OutsourcingInfo - January 20, 2009

It’s really hard to connect two very large and general concepts in one article, but I think what you’re trying to say is that blogging is now used in promoting outsourcing. In that sense, you’re right.

6. rodneyvandershane - January 12, 2010

Blogging would be a great solution to offshore outsourcing staffs because it is an effective SEO tool.

7. Lead Generation Philippines - April 1, 2010

Blogging is a great tool for outsourcing indeed. Many have resorted to writing blogs in order to get the message across so why not try it in order to drive more traffic to your site? Blogging works really well offshore or not.


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