September 2004

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: To offshore or not to offshore?

For most manufacturers and knowledge providers, offshoring is a perplexing decision. You must cut costs to remain economically viable, but you're just not sure if moving offshore is right for you. You..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

For most manufacturers and knowledge providers, offshoring is a perplexing decision. You must cut costs to remain economically viable, but you're just not sure if moving offshore is right for you. You've heard the problems faced by your colleagues: Send an operation overseas and you may well find that the move is not as cost-effective as you thought. Communication lapses, quality shortfalls, poor connection with clients – these problems and others plague manufacturers who've taken the offshoring leap. "There always will be situations in which offshoring is the most economically viable solution," says Tom Devane, author, consultant and workshop leader. "But too many manufa

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