TECHNOLOGY, OUTSOURCING, AND COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS
NEWS FOR LAWYERS AND SOURCING PROFESSIONALS

Just when we were getting used to the "cloud" way of things, new buzzwords are emerging to brand solutions that may replace (or more likely enhance) cloud computing. Two of these solutions—"fog" computing (Cisco) and computing pushed toward "the edge" (IBM)—were the topics of an interesting article recently published in The Wall Street Journal called “Forget ‘the Cloud’; ‘the Fog’ Is Tech’s Future” (subscription required). The article emphasizes that although “cloud advocates are fond of declaring that 100% of computing will someday reside in the cloud . . . [h]ere's the reality: Getting data into and out of the cloud is harder than most engineers, or at least their managers, often are willing to admit.”

As the outsourcing industry matures and contracts run their full cycles, we have seen an influx of deals that are expiring or up for renegotiation or resourcing. How can legal and sourcing leads prepare for an upcoming renegotiation or resourcing project? Read on for three tips to help get a leap on these projects.

As part of Morgan Lewis's Technology May-rathon webinar series, Antitrust partners Will Tom, Clay Everett, and Jonathan Rich will discuss lessons from Bazaaarvoice/PowerReviews, Integrated Device Technologies/PLX Technology, and other challenges to high-tech mergers brought by the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission in recent years.

This webinar will be held today, Thursday, May 15, from 1 to 2 p.m. Sign up here >

We recently hosted our 8th annual Women in Shared Services and Outsourcing Executive Roundtable in New York. More than 50 women from across the United States attended the May 8 event, representing a wide range of industries, including financial services, consumer products, energy, and life sciences.

As more clients use ITIL®—a standard for best practices in providing IT services—IT lawyers who are unfamiliar with the standard should familiarize themselves with its basic principles. This is particularly important as clients are integrating ITIL terminology and best practices (or modified versions thereof) into their service delivery and support best practices as well as the structure and substantive provisions of their IT outsourcing and services contracts.