Offshoring in the IT industry is by no means a new trend, however it is still very much ongoing and even developing further.
Setting up an oil platform has a lot in common with IT offshoring:
A shift in the delivery model from pure staff augmentation to managed services and outsourcing of entire business processes leads to higher savings, but also increases risks of compliance or security issues and thus requiring a careful transformation.
Often the offshore journey fails to meet expectations or to reach breakeven in time. Getting advice from an experienced outsourcer or an independent advisor often is a good choice, but no guarantee for success, as offshoring is a complex endeavor in which internal as well as external factors create a dynamic environment highly individual for each situation.