Chicago Software Process Improvement Network

(C-SPIN) Meeting




Thursday, April 1, 2004 1:00 to 4:00 PM


Downtown Chicago Meeting: 

 Illinois Institute of Technology

Stuart Graduate Business School

565 West Adams Street


Outsourcing in the 21st Century

Mark Power – President, ROS Incorporated


Program Overview

Outsourcing initiatives have moved to the executive boardrooms as companies utilize outsourcing strategies not only to save costs, but to drive revenues and profits in order to gain and sustain competitive advantage in the global marketplace. The worldwide outsourcing industry recently topped $350 billion and is expected to reach $1.2 trillion by 2007.

Outsourcing, the term, sends chills across the software development workforce, but at the same time it is a growing reality. Find out first hand from an expert what it is all about and what implications it has for our industry, both short and long-term.

This presentation will address the latest trends in the global outsourcing marketplace and how it affects you including reasons for the rapid growth of outsourcing as a strategic management discipline. Other topics covered include: outsourcing implementation models, outsourcing and the impact on the U.S. jobs, outsourcing lifecycle phases, leading offshore outsourcing countries, outsourcing risks and critical outsourcing success factors.


Mark Power has 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry.  Mr. Power has held senior management and executive positions in operations, strategic sourcing, supply management, contracts, information technology and product development.


Mr. Power is a seasoned global outsourcing executive.  For the past 14 years Mr. Power has designed, implemented and managed multimillion-dollars manufacturing, information technology and product development Outsourcing initiatives in the United States, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and India.  Mr. Power established and managed Rockwell International’s first Offshore Development Center in India.


Mr. Power is the President of ROS Incorporated an outsourcing consultancy and education company based in Lisle, Illinois.  ROS Incorporated advises and educates organizations on outsourcing strategies, designs, implementations and management of outsourcing best practices that maximizes return-on-outsourcing investments.


Mr. Power has a BA Degree from Stonehill College, an MBA Degree from Roosevelt University and an MS Degree from Illinois Institute of Technology. Mr. Power also holds C.P.M. and A.P.P. certifications from the Institute of Supply Management and has been awarded two design patents in the call center technology area.


-          1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Networking and Registration

-          2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Overview of C-SPIN and Introductions

-          2:15 – 3:30 p.m. Presentation

-          3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Question and Answer Session


Stuart Graduate School of Business is located at the corner of Adams and Jefferson Streets in downtown Chicago, one block west of Union Station and three blocks south of the Chicago/Northwestern train station (Ogilvie Transportation Center). Parking is available at several parking lots near the school and on the surrounding streets at parking meters. For more information, http://www.stuart.iit.edu/directions.html.

C-SPIN General

C-SPIN is made possible through the efforts of its Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is composed of: Fred Ballard, Alan Berow,  Susan Bidwill, Kathy Brown, Steve Coffman, Alan Cohen, Susan Davidowski, Larry Dribin, Ross Fraser, Bob Freer, George Gatsis, Tony Kvitek, Donna Miller, Bob Pauwels, Nimmi Shamdasani, Scott Stribrny, and Lance Welter.


C-SPIN is a leadership forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and practical ideas. We promote achieving higher levels of process maturity, software quality and mutual respect. Companies, academic institutions, government organizations and individuals are invited.


There is no need to pre-register for the meeting, but please check in at the registration table when you arrive.


For more information regarding this meeting, C-SPIN, or the steering committee, contact George Gatsis at ggatsis@fsc.follett.com or (815) 578-7638.


To receive future announcements electronically, send your e-mail address (include name, address, company, phone) to George Gatsis at ggatsis@fsc.follett.com.


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