Gartner Research

Understanding Rural Sourcing as an Alternative to Offshore Outsourcing

Published: 21 February 2012

ID: G00231985

Analyst(s): Helen Huntley


Enterprises are outsourcing IT services offshore, but many are exploring or expanding the use of domestic rural sourcing to capitalize on low-cost domestic delivery, especially in the U.S. This research will help CIOs and sourcing managers address key issues when evaluating rural sourcing.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview


  • The Differences Between Rural Sourcing and Other Onshore and Offshore Outsourcing Delivery Models
    • Recommendations:
  • Frameworks That Compare Rural Sourcing, Offshore and Other Onshore Delivery Models
    • Advice:
  • The Importance of Established Vendor Relationships for Short Projects
    • Advice:
  • Due Diligence Practices That Help to Compare Rural Outsourcers to an Offshore Outsourcer
    • Advice:
  • The Long-Term Sustainability of Rural Sourcing
    • Advice:
  • Key Facts and Examples of U.S. Rural Sourcing Firms

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