Centric Must Reads: 13 Centric-Certified Books to Inspire Your Personal and Professional Life (Book #13)
Reading is an important part of Centric’s culture – we’ve found that learning from the experiences of others is one of the best ways to be inspired. Good books and insightful lessons are shared frequently within the Centric walls – whether that be through team emails, via Twitter or in personal conversations. So, we thought we’d take a moment and bottle up some of the great reads that have impacted our own lives and thought processes. Below are 13 books recommended from Centric’s leaders. Take a look and enjoy! And let us know if you have comments on these books or others to recommend. We’d love to hear from you.
Book #13: Read “Offshoring Information Technology” and put offshoring into practice
By: Brian Offenbacher, Sr Manager, and Jason Pohl, National Partner – Strategic Growth and Operations
“Offshoring Information Technology: Sourcing and Outsourcing to a Global Workforce” by Erran Carmel and Paul Tjia provides an insightful, structured and comprehensive discussion of offshoring IT. Over the last decade, offshoring has become commonplace in IT organizations of all sizes. As a result, managing offshore has emerged as a critical business competence.
Many organizations find it difficult to achieve the cost savings forecasted from using offshore and ultimately are never able to truly leverage offshoring to drive innovation, speed, flexibility and new revenues. Both managers new to offshoring and experienced managers can benefit from the experiences, ideas and concepts that are shared in this book.
Carmel and Tjia have structured the book into three distinct sections with several chapters in each section. Neither the sections nor the chapters have to be read consecutively. This allows the reader to jump around as needed to find the information that is most relevant to them. The topics in this book include gaining a basic understanding of offshoring, creating an offshore strategy, offshore legal issues and how to overcome time and distance. While we have an established offshore practice at Centric, we still find ourselves referencing this book as new challenges present themselves.
Over the last decade, offshoring has become commonplace in IT organizations of all sizes. As a result, managing offshore has emerged as a critical business competence.