Research and report on outsourcing IT functions. What are the advantages and disadvantages of such courses of action? What are potential cost savings to smaller or rural organizations?

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This is a APA assignment due for my online Information Technology and Society class due by this Friday March 30th evening. It is to be somewhere close to 1000 words with references.

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Running Head: OUTSOURCING IT FUNCTIONS

Outsourcing IT Functions
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Outsourcing IT functions is the practice of contracting resources outside of the
organization to handle specific information technology tasks such as data storage. The most
commonly outsourced IT functions are technical support, web development, infrastructure,
telecommunications and software & database development among other functions. Employing an
external company to handle tasks that are normally executed in-house is a concept that has
become popular in the last decade since many firms have realized its benefits. In every
organization, an efficiently functioning information system needs proper maintenance and
efficient IT administration to perform the daily tasks efficiently. For a firm that has limited
resources, subcontracting an expert to manage information Technology functions is an easy way
to meet the firms' goals and objectives (Blecker & Aldarrat, 2007).
Today, relying on an outsourced company to manage the firm's most important
information and IT processes is a risky and complicated process the reason why many
organizations are hesitant to take the idea. It is hard to trust a stranger with the IT needs of an
organization since they are the most important operations. Outsourcing is complicated by
increased scrutiny of the firms' relationships with its service providers and the fact that some of
these providers are dependent on other parties. According to Kirk, the most common risks
connected with o...

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