Harvey Nash service assesses "distressed" IT projects

A new project management assessment service has been launched for CIOs wary of outsourcing projects in the wake of the Satyam fraud scandal.

Recruitment specialists Harvey Nash has launched the new service, dubbed Safe Haven, pitched at CIOs who find that their project portfolio is failing to hit financial targets or deadlines.

"Increasingly there are clients that are really worried about the way their projects are going and they are worried about India as a result of Satyam scandal," said Paul Smith, the Harvey Nash global managing director of outsourcing and offshoring.

"Clients are wary about chasing good money after bad," said Smith, who is responsible for the new Safe Haven project.

Harvey Nash claims India faces a growing labour crisis, and that staff mobility has increased with workers changing job more frequently, seeking higher remuneration and a better quality of life. Also, the outsourcing service providers are becoming large companies that have to increase their margins.

Harvey Nash has two outsource developer centres in Vietnam and the company is a keen promoter of Vietnam.

The Safe Haven methodology, developed by Harvey Nash, allows a CIO to assess their project migration options and is available for free. Smith said there is no obligation that the project is to then move to the Harvey Nash outsource service. "We look at the governance of the projects," he said.

Although there is no obligation from the free assessment to migrate a project to Harvey Nash, Smith said service will help the company expand its Vietnamese offering. He sees CIOs being attracted by the opportunity to use Vietnam, whilst having the terms and conditions of the project with a UK plc and the transparency and compliance that comes with British companies.

Smith expects two types of project to be seeking a Safe Haven assessment: application development and internal projects. Application development programs are suffering from poorly understood requirements or CIOs are finding projects are not running the way expected. With internal projects it is often a case that an organisation does not have a suitable team of testers to complete a project.

Vertical markets that are seeking project management assessment include the troubled financial sector, telecoms and media companies, Smith said.

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