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Outsourcing and Offshoring Issues Explored at Bentley Interactive Workshop, November 6

October 19, 2004

Bentley College, in collaboration with TiE Software and Services Business Forum (SSBF) and the TiE Institute, will sponsor an interactive, audience-driven Outsourcing/Offshoring workshop at Bentley on Saturday, November 6. TiE, which stands for 'talent, ideas and enterprise,' is a nonprofit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals.

The workshop is designed to help company officials who are considering offshore development -- or those who have begun to implement it -- learn about the hidden costs and potential benefits from others who have been there. The workshop will draw on the collective experience of a panel of offshoring experts, including outsourcing service vendors and customers, and will feature two keynote speakers:

  • Paul Davies, author of What's This India Business?, and former managing director, Unisys India.
  • John Gillis, executive vice president and co-founder, Virtusa, a global provider of software development and related IT services.

    "New management processes for global outsourcing of IT-enabled services require deep understanding of technology-mediated communications, inter-cultural communications, handling distance and time zone differences, the type of work that can be outsourced, and how virtual teams are organized and supported," says Donald Chand, professor of Computer Information Systems at Bentley. "This workshop provides an opportunity to learn from people who are actively involved in shaping and managing offshore outsourcing initiatives, programs and projects."

    Sessions include:

    • Offshoring 101: What is this offshoring business? Is it appropriate for your company? What should one look for in a partner?
    • Software Product Offshoring: Will offshoring help you reduce product costs and improve time to market? Can you offshore core product development? What are the hidden costs? How do you retain control?
    • IT Applications Offshoring: Which IT services and business processes should you outsource? What are the alternatives for offshoring? What critical skills will you need to retain?

      Offshoring experts include:

      • George Logemann, Managing Director, Logemann Consulting. (Formerly responsible for outsourcing at EDS, Yankee Group, and IBM.
      • Chuck Rehberg, CTO, Trigent, a company with more than a decade of experience providing outsourced software services and solutions
      • John Mandel, Vice President of Engineering, Marketsoft
      • Milan Shah, Vice President of Engineering, IMLogic. IMLogic
      • Mamoon Yunus, CTO, Forum Systems
      • And others to be announced

        Registration is $30 for TiE members and $45 for non-members. Space is limited, so early registration is advised to avoid a late registration fee. Register at www.tie-boston.org . Bentley alums and students need to call the TIE office to get the TIE member rate.

        BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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