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By TranspoTech ·
Our organization has a poor record in delivering AD projects as we attempt to move toward the use of newer technologies and tools. Bottom line, the transition to newer technologies is becoming a huge hurdle and effecting staff turnover is basicallynot a culturally-acceptable practice in our organization. We've tried to remedy this via the use of temporary technical staffing firms to bring in skill sets when we need them on a project by project basis...but this has not been very successful. We've had more success when we've completely outsourced a development project to a firm. The issue we face here is long-term support for the systems that result from these types of engagements. What we have not approached yet is forming some sort of long term relationship with some sort of software development house which we can call upon when AD project arise. I'm looking to investigate experiences with this approach. First, is anyone doing this, and second, how are those relationships approached and formed? I

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by Trish_Sutter In reply to Successful application de ...

1. Start with smaller projects.
2. Contact the development houses in your area. Some of the national ones are IBM, Compuware, EDS, Perot, Oracle Systems etc... I'm sure there are local houses you could go with. Explain that you are looking todevelop a business relationship.
2. Have a meeting with them. Give them your requirements and request a quote from them.
3. They should bring back a fairly detailed quote that encompasses, scope,project plan, required resources, & cost etc...
4. Go with the quote that fits your business needs. Build from there.

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by edahl In reply to Successful application de ...

Could be I am not getting this right, but your dilema sounds almost contradictory to me. You wish to continue to move your company forward in the use of new technologies, you you are unwilling to let go of the legacy technology resources. Now, because you are having trouble retaining existing resources you want to outsource the new (strategic?) stuff... and find that your existing staff cannot support the new products.

You can either outsource both development and maintenance (which is thenature of your question), or you can look at how to change the cutural practices to enable you to continue to advance. If you do the former, who would want to work in-house, with all the "new, fun" stuff outsourced?

To do the later we need morethan 1000 characters of response. :-)

Two thoughts: More costs more. Grow or die.

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by TranspoTech In reply to Successful application de ...

Contradictory...yes, it would seem so to most normal shops. Your logic is correct, but I do not have space to describe the very illogical environment I'm in. Basically, we must tollerate what we have and find other ways to get things done (sad buttrue).

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