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Outsourcing vs. "Out-Tasking"

Posted by: Today's Tip Contributor on May 20, 2010

Companies often confuse the terms outsourcing and out-tasking. They offer vastly different approaches for driving down information technology costs. Outsourcing transfers the management or execution of the entire IT function to an external provider for a monthly fee. This offers significant benefits for organizations that want to focus on their core business and not build out a large IT department.

Alternatively, out-tasking allows businesses to turn over a specific IT operation to another organization, rather than the entire IT function. Out-tasking partners act as adjunct staff resources to the internal IT team and bring specific expertise backed by sophisticated tools and best practices.

When your company’s IT department needs help or is getting ready to embark on a new IT project, make sure you clearly weigh up front whether it is a candidate for full outsourcing or for the more controlled, flexible out-tasking approach. The difference between the two is much more than semantics.

Dave Hart
Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice-President
Presidio Inc.

Reader Comments


June 1, 2010 3:36 AM

I don't think I've seen this described that way before. You actually have cleared this up for me. Thank you!

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