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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Critics’ Views on BPO Offshore Outsourcing

Posted by Blog Administrator on October 29, 2009

Business process outsourcing is the arrangement of an agreement by a company,with a third party company to perform its specific business functions or operations.

BPO offshore outsourcing is one type of outsourcing where internal business functions or customer related services such as human resources, accounting, finance, call center services or claims processing, are contracted to an overseas company. For years it has helped foreign companies cope with the global economic decline. However, this million dollar industry currently faces a multitude of criticisms; this despite its helpful nature.

President Barrack Obama’s view and opposition against outsourcing is currently the biggest opposing entity to the business. With his threats to impede any outgoing transaction involving BPO, several countries may be faced with a sudden decline in revenue. India, the Philippines, China, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Hungary, South Africa, Mexico and Poland, are just some of the places that have welcomed and profited in the industry.

Some critics have sided with Obama, citing that BPO can create difficulty or loss of control over the service being outsourced. Aside from this, they also added that instead of being effective, several discrepancies in the output can actually arise by virtue of communication, cultural and geographical barriers. Other disadvantages of BPO that critics raise include the risk of quality of work, threat to confidentiality or security, hidden costs, loss of flexibility in reacting to business changes and a threat to the local employment.

Now, there are some who even put a pointing finger on outsourcing as the root cause of the economic recession.

However, no matter how much criticism they put on outsourcing, the advantages certainly exceed the alleged drawbacks. In line with this, BPO offer companies a chance to avail of low operating costs, and have access to cheaper and efficient services, better technology, subsequently have an increase in productivity, profits and finally, more focus on core operations of the business.

Overall, it’s not hard to see how economically helpful this business transaction is. And as such, companies will not resort to BPO offshore outsourcing if they think they are on the losing side. The pros and cons may outweigh each other but then again, it is subjective.

President Barrack Obama’s opinion on outsourcing, according to the sentiments of others, may just be controversial political move, which needs further study.

Graphic Designer’s Ultimate Tools : Photoshop CS4 and 64-bit System

Posted by james on November 18, 2008

Perhaps it would be an exaggeration to use graphic designer and Photoshop savvy interchangeably. Nonetheless, the market’s common qualification for a graphic designer is to have skills on Adobe Photoshop. With the release of the latest Photoshop CS4 Extended, most computer geeks highly recommend to take advantage of 64-bit processor architecture. This is because the previous 32-bit processor architecture can only support up to 4Gb random-access memory (RAM) capacity and beyond this memory would fall as excess, and ultimately useless. In a 64-bit processor with 64-bit OS, 4Gb could just be a starting point for high-end application software like Adobe Photoshop CS4 where graphic designers could exhaustively utilize for much demanding photo and video editing.


Does it really matter if you are using 32-bit or 64-bit? Well, technically size does matter. A 64-bit processor can run faster, about twice, compared to 32-bit processor when running on at least 4Gb RAM. Since Photoshop C4 is a high-end photo and video editing software, it could run efficiently on a 64-bit system. It is also anticipated that future editions of Photoshop would go farther from 32-bit system compatibility. So getting used to the 64-bit system (64-bit processor and 64-bit OS) is the first step to take the lead in the graphic designing race.

Some of Photoshop extensions include new pixel grid, adjustment panel, masks panel, and content-aware scaling, plus some enhancement to previous Photoshop versions. With these high definition color and pixel adjustments, consuming 3Gb or 4Gb of both RAM and virtual memory can be quite common. So utilizing a 64-bit system proves to be highly advantageous in creating highly sophisticated graphic designs.