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Businesses

Journal Journal: Outsourcing Data Processing?

Nick Carr, author of a rather controversial paper a while back that questioned whether IT was necessary, interviewed recently with The Register about the possibilities of "Utility Computing"--that is, outsourcing the computing requirements of the business to other firms. He uses the analogy of the transition from in-house to grid-based power generation at the turn of the last century and its effects on businesses--the issues of reliability, security, et al., which are applicable in similar ways to data. Regulatory considerations aside, what would a company need to provide in terms of data security to entice other companies to outsource their data processing functions to them?

To be or not to be, that is the bottom line.

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