Large and small firms explore IT outsourcing options

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After a long period lurking in the background, IT outsourcing is beginning to catch on within accountancy as firms look for new ways to streamline their operations. John Stokdyk considers the re-emergence of an old trend.

At the end of March, Big Four firm KPMG signed a five-year, 62m contact with BT for networking and telephony services. BT will deliver a "fully converged" internet protocol-based (IP) networked telephony infrastructure for the firm across its UK and German practices, which merged in 2006 to form KPMG Europe LLP.

The arrangements are couched in typical outsourcing jargon, but involve the provision of both local area networks in KPMG offices, connected by a wide area network so that team...

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