Global Business Professor’s latest audio interview, “Is Cost Driving the Automotive Industry to Outsource Software Development Globally?” features Steve Mezak, CEO of Accelerance Inc., author of “Software without Borders” and a global software expert.
In the eight-minute audio interview, Mezak discusses and answers these questions:
- Is cost really the driving factor for software outsourcing?
- Is the technical expertise available for what the automotive industry needs?
- What are the challenges companies face?
- Where do you start if you want to explore the use of software outsourcing?
- What are key factors that play a part in software outsourcing rates?
- How does the automotive industry fit into software outsourcing?
In Mezak’s role as founder and CEO of Accelerance, he oversees Accelerance overall operations, drives strategy for business development and leads the cultivation and recruitment of international partner firms. A technical entrepreneur and internationally recognized outsourcing expert and speaker, he has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, moving from writing software code to facilitating and managing software development teams and budgets.
Mezak came up with the Accelerance business idea based on his own experience working with an outsourced programming team in Russia in 1998. He says he realized at that time there was no easy way to find qualified engineering firms overseas. He founded Accelerance in 2001 with the goal of helping clients find and select outsourced partner firms that best serve their technical needs and align with their corporate culture.
Mezak has spent the past 15 years traveling the globe and interviewing thousands of software development teams to build the Accelerance network of partner firms. Prior to Accelerance, he co-founded and served as CEO of SendOrder.com Inc., a B2B e-commerce site. Before that, he served as vice president of technical services at Digital Market Inc., an online marketplace for electronic parts that was acquired by Agile Software in 1999. He also co-founded and served as the director of engineering at Aspect Development Inc., a B2B software development company that was acquired by i2 Technologies in 2000. Throughout his career, Mezak has guided hundreds of software and IT executives through the strategic advantages of outsourcing their software development.
He also is the author of “Software without Borders: A Step-By-Step Guide to Outsourcing Your Software Development” and co-author of “Outsource or Else. How a VP of Software Saved His Company.”
Click here to listen to the audio interview.