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Companies outsourcing software development to preserve intellectual capital

A growing number of Australian companies which outsource software development no longer do so just to find suitably qualified or cheaper labor.
  • 11 December, 2008 11:12

<p>Those with market-leading information systems are outsourcing to ensure the best return on their intellectual capital according to Mike Page, vice president of software development for Bali company Mitrais.</p>
<p>He was commenting on the publication by Mitrais of “Guidelines for managing outsourcing” as well as of a white paper on the “Benefits of collecting project metrics” from software development projects.</p>
<p>With Mitrais providing outsourced development services to Australian companies for nearly nine years outsourcers are increasingly sophisticated in their management of the services provider, says Mr. Page.</p>
<p>“They want to know more about how best to enjoy the cost advantages while managing a pool of appropriately skilled software engineers in an increasingly borderless world.</p>
<p>“Outsourcing is now more about keeping the technical visionaries who chart the next version of software motivated and leveraging their experience and skill to ensure their jobs are richer and more interesting,” he said.</p>
<p>There is a growing number of small to medium and even some large enterprises in Australia whose future is predicated on developing and delivering software applications that are recognised leaders in market sectors from finance to the management of large scale infrastructure in the public and private arenas.</p>
<p>Mr. Page says a typical example of a small company that has outsourced the development of software products and ongoing technical support to Mitrais is Incom, a provider of risk management software systems to industry leaders in Australia and internationally.</p>
<p>At the bigger end of town are companies like Technology One and Mincom said Mr Page.</p>
<p>A 20 year veteran of the software development sector in Australia before he took up his present position in 2007 he says if the economic motivation for outsourcing has changed from ‘let’s replace my guys with your guys and save some money’ so too have the management processes and practices which select and oversee external development resources.</p>
<p>“Australian management is increasingly more sophisticated in terms of its expectations of outsourced providers of software development services. It rightfully subjects potential outsourced service providers to detailed scrutiny about the skills they have, their project management processes and the reporting mechanisms.</p>
<p>“They are asking about the competencies of systems engineers, their communications skills and what sort of standards underpin project development and management. Growing attention is also being paid to the collection of project metrics as well as to post project reviews.”</p>
<p>Mitrais ‘guidelines to managing outsourcing’ can be downloaded from ‘Metrics and project post mortem analysis’ can be downloaded from Alternatively email for copies to be sent to you.</p>
<p>About Mitrais</p>
<p>Mitrais was established in 2000 to develop excellence in software development using Indonesia as a base of operations. Its objective is to be a leading near shore provider to Australian software developers and a major force in the Indonesia domestic market. Mitrais is a Microsoft Gold Certified developer, an Oracle Partner and has also certified products in SAP NetWeaver. In 2004 the company entered the health Industry, developing a proprietary hospital management information system which it sells globally. In 2007 it absorbed Mincom Indoservices to extend its operations into the sale and support of mining software (in particular from Mincom) in Indonesia. With offices in Bali, Jakarta and Singapore, Mitrais has more than 80 clients and employs more than 300 staff. For further information visit .</p>
<p>For further information please contact:
Mr. David Magson
Phone: 62 361755025
Mobile 62 815 5800 1004</p>
<p>Produced and issued on behalf of Mitrais by Infotech Marketing &amp; Communications. Contact Mike Vanderkelen Phone 61-7-5478 2177 Mobile 0408 116911 Email</p>

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