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CIOs put jobs on the line by outsourcing software testing and development


“Almost a third (31%) of CIOs are putting their jobs at risk by outsourcing software testing and development, because a quarter of projects fail to deliver on their objectives.

Research from Vanson Bourne, which questioned about 600 IT decision makers, including 100 in the UK, found that 48% of software testing and development projects are outsourced and one in four fail to achieve the set goals.

The research findings revealed that 31% of outsourced projects have run into service level or time issues and 23% have failed to deliver on the final requirements. Over half (57%) of CIOs even described some of the outsourcing as ‘unmanageable, an embarrassment, a nightmare or a total failure’, said the research report.

Changes to requirements are a major problem, with 55% of CIOs citing too many changes during the project as the main reason for project overruns or failure to deliver on the final requirements. Despite this, 47% of organisations change the specification of work at least once a fortnight or more frequently.”


NCC Weekly News Update 18 November 2013



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