What to Consider When Selecting a Data Service Provider

May 2, 2014 / By Alex Geerts

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Today’s blog post completes our series dedicated to data infrastructure outsourcing, with excerpts from our latest white paper. In the first two posts, we discussed the growing trend toward data outsourcing, and conducted a high level analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the three sourcing options.

To protect the wellness of an organization’s data infrastructure, there are several criteria that should be evaluated. One critical element is the quality of talent.

The more knowledge and skills team members can bring to the table, the more they can add value to any project they’re involved with. Both breadth and depth of experience are critical to ensure they have a solid understanding of the client’s environment and know how to get the most value out of it right from the start.

Top DBAs and infrastructure experts can command high fees. However, the higher short-term cost associated with investing in quality is more than made up for by the productivity and efficiency gains they deliver. For example, the more experience team members have with systems similar to a new client’s, the faster they can identify processes that can be easily automated, resulting in immediate cost savings and freeing them up to focus on more strategic activities.

To access the full list of criteria, download the rest of our white paper, Data Infrastructure Outsourcing.

Read the first blog post, The Growing Trend Toward Data Infrastructure Outsourcing.

Read the second blog post, Developing a Data Infrastructure Sourcing Strategy.

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