New Books Explain That Governance Is Key to IT Outsourcing

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With many businesses struggling to achieve the supposed benefits of IT outsourcing, two new books from IT Governance are showing how governance principles are the vital ingredients for success.

With many businesses struggling to achieve the supposed benefits of IT outsourcing, two new books from IT Governance are showing how governance principles are the vital ingredients for success.

IT outsourcing has been widely embraced by business, as it offers the potential for efficient and responsive IT systems, while allowing companies to focus on their core strengths.

However, in his book Outsourcing IT: A governance guide (http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/2795), author Rupert Kendrick argues that seeing outsourcing as a panacea for all ills underestimates the complexity of the task. A business cannot put mission-critical functions in the hands of suppliers without meticulous planning. To avoid pitfalls, manage risks and tap potential benefits, Kendrick says, it is vital to put governance at the heart of any outsourcing programme.

Over 336 pages, Outsourcing IT: A governance guide gives practical advice on critical issues, including how to make a better IT outsourcing decision based on a clear understanding of the advantages and disadvantages, and how to judge if outsourcing is the right approach for your business; how to identify and control the various associated risks, including those affecting business and financial performance, and legal and compliance matters; how to choose an outsourcing supplier and build an effective relationship based on a shared understanding of governance issues, such as data security; and how to outsource in a way that supports, rather than hinders, your business goals.

IT Outsourcing Contracts: A Legal and Practical Guide (http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/2802) is a complementary pocket guide by Jimmy Desai, a partner at a City law firm. This 106-page work offers guidance on the legal and contractual aspects of outsourcing, as well as practical illustrations of how other organisations have overcome challenges that typically arise. With additional perspectives on the analysis that must underlie an outsourcing decision, it is ideal as a companion title to Kendrick’s book or as a primer for anyone needing a concise overview.

Outsourcing IT: A governance guide (ISBN: 9781849280259) is priced at £47.95/$78.45/€56.00 and available in hard copy and downloadable formats at: http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/2795.

IT Outsourcing Contracts: A Legal and Practical Guide (ISBN: 9781849280297) is priced at £19.95/$32.64/€23.30 and available in hard copy and downloadable formats at: http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/2802.

Full details of all IT Governance’s services and products can be found at: http://www.itgovernance.co.uk.

Notes to Editors:
Rupert Kendrick is a former partner in a medium-sized law firm and has worked for the past 10 years in legal publishing, both as a writer and as an editor. He holds a master’s degree in Advanced Legal Practice, for which he researched the question of the effect of the Internet on how law firms choose to market themselves. His earlier book, Managing Cyber-Risks, examines the major risks that law firms need to address when they offer legal advice and information over the Internet. He is now a director of the risk management consultancy, Web4Law, where he offers consulting services, principally on IT issues.

Jimmy Desai is a partner in a City of London law firm and has been advising upon, formulating and implementing IT outsourcing contracts and strategies, benefits and cost savings for businesses since the mid-1990s. Throughout his career he has advised major international blue-chip companies, governments, industry bodies, IT customers and IT suppliers on their IT outsourcing transactions. He writes extensively for a wide range of IT publications and lectures at international conferences both in the UK and abroad. He has lectured at the University of London and the University of Stirling and, as well as a law degree, he has a master’s degree in Electronic Engineering and postgraduate qualifications in Intellectual Property Law and Practice.

IT Governance Ltd is the one-stop shop for books, tools, training and consultancy for governance, risk management and compliance. The company is a leading authority on data security and IT governance for business and the public sector. IT Governance is ‘non-geek’, approaching IT issues from a non-technology background and talking to management in its own language. The company’s customer base spans Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. More information is available at: http://www.itgovernance.co.uk.

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