The pros and cons of outsourcing IT services

REDUCE COST: Of companies currently outsourcing their IT, 69 percent are doing so as a means of reducing costs, while 64 percent see it as a vehicle for business transformation. (Foto: Istock)

The pros and cons of outsourcing IT services

Should businesses move IT functions back in-house?

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Outsourcing a range of business functions has become common practice for enterprises across the world. According to the Arvato UK Outsourcing Index, the value of outsourcing contracts in the private sector swelled to £4.9 billion in 2017, representing a nine percent increase on the year before.

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