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ComputerWeekly, April 2009

Most dangerous places to outsource your IT

A report published by the Brown-Wilson Group details which locations are the most risky places to offshore your IT.

The 2009: The Year of Outsourcing Dangerously took into account various considerations that could maker offshoring IT to these locations risky.

These were:

  1. Corruption & Organised Crime
  2. Network and Infrastructure security
  3. Currency stability
  4. Personal Crime Rate and Police-to-Citizen Ratio
  5. Environmental Waste & Pollution
  6. Terrorism
  7. Legal System
  8. Weather/Climate Threats

According to the report ten most dangerous places are:

  1. Bogota, Columbia
    Corruption and organised crime was seen as risky in Bogota in Columbia. Its legal system is also seen as possibly causing problems for companies offshoring work. Network and Infrastructure security was also seen as poor.
  2. Bangkok, Thailand
    The legal system, crime and policing, an unstable currency as well as vulnerable networks were seen as causes for concern in Bangkok in Thailand.
  3. Johannesburg, South Africa
    The personal crime rate and the number of police per citizen were key concerns for offshoring in Johannesburg. The instability of the South African currency as well as corruption and organised crime were also high risk.
  4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur in South East Asia is seen as risky because of environmental issues.
  5. Kingston, Jamaica
    The climate, the legal system as well as unsecured networks and infrastructure were reasons not to offshore to Kingston in Jamaica.
  6. Delhi, India
    Transnational and geopolitical concerns were viewed as risky in Delhi in India.
  7. Manila, Philippines
    The extreme weather conditions are risky in Manila in the Philippines.
  8. Rio De Janeiro
    Brazilís famous carnival city has a high crime rate and a low number of police per citizen.
  9. Mumbai, India
    The recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai have made terrorism a top concern.
  10. Jerusalem, Israel
    Terrorism and geopolitical issues are seen as a risk to offshoring in Jerusalem in Israel.
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