Gartner Research

Weigh the Strengths and Suitability of Global Insourcing vs. Outsourcing

Published: 29 July 2005

ID: G00129752

Analyst(s): Allie Young, Frances Karamouzis


Organizations must update their sourcing strategies based on new offshore options that are part of global sourcing models, including insourcing, outsourcing and hybrid alternatives. Understanding the pros and cons of each option is critical to ensure near- and long-term success.

Table Of Contents
  • Determine If and How Global Sourcing Is a Viable Option
  • Global Sourcing: Consider Optional Sourcing Models
  • Defining the Options
    • Outsourcing (Buy)
    • Insourcing (Build) — Referred to as a Captive Center
    • Build, Operate and Transfer
    • Joint Venture
    • Equity Investor
  • Benefits and Drawbacks of Different Global Sourcing Models
    • Traditional Models
    • Hybrid Models
  • Selecting the Right Delivery Model: Evaluation of Global Sourcing Options
  • Recommendations

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