by March 10th, 2010on
One of the most frequent questions I get asked regarding moving project work offshore is around Intellectual Property (IP) protection. Often, this question is asked based on perception that doing software work offshore, inherently puts a company’s IP at greater risk than how work is done today at that company. While there are certainly safe-guards you (and your provider) must absolutely put in place – often, the questions around IP are driven more by rhetoric than reality – and this can sometimes drive the conversation to a place which isn’t terribly effective at increasing the security of a company’s IP and sensitive information.
So I thought I might write a few thoughts (in a step by step based approach) based on some years of experience with this topic – trying to emphasize some of the key things you should be looking at when deciding to either move some development work offshore, or evaluating your current multi-shore arrangement. Read the rest of this post »