IT outsourcing: Ten reasons for ruling it out

IT outsourcing: Ten reasons for ruling it out

Summary: Outsourcing may look good on paper — until you factor in a number of undesirable side effects, says Jack Wallen

TOPICS: IT Employment

 |  Image 5 of 10

  • Thumbnail 1
  • Thumbnail 2
  • Thumbnail 3
  • Thumbnail 4
  • Thumbnail 5
  • Thumbnail 6
  • Thumbnail 7
  • Thumbnail 8
  • Thumbnail 9
  • Thumbnail 10
  • Workers fighting

    4. Employee relationships
    I've often come across problems in relationships with outsourced staff, although others may not see this point as an issue. In-house IT staff know one another and know how to interact with users.

    With outsourced IT, employees may not even get the same engineer every time, which can prevent relationships forming in the way they might do with your own tech team. Of course, you can build relationships with outside staff, but I have seen issues — even, in one case, an engineer being banned from working with a certain client.

  • Thief in office

    5. Risk
    In certain instances, information or relationships can be put at risk when a third party is brought in. Security measures may need to be implemented to protect company data, employees and systems. You never know when data is accidentally going to walk off on an external hard drive or be left in a car and stolen. You add another element to the risk puzzle, and more things can go wrong. Will an external provider treat your company data with the same care as someone in house would?

  • Feet up at work

    6. Loss of work
    When a machine goes down, its user loses the ability to work until the outsourced IT department can resolve the issue. That loss of productivity can be costly. The response time and calendar issues you will face with outsourced IT will continually cause a loss of productivity. With in-house IT, response time is often defined by a walk down the corridor — and there tends to be a better sense of priority.

Topic: IT Employment

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories


Log in or register to start the discussion