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What the presidential campaigns teach us about outsourcing

Presto Vivace (882157) writes | about 2 years ago

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Presto Vivace writes "It seems that while the Obama team hired their own tech the Romney campaign outsourced theirs. Obama campaign's tech team beat Romney by using opposite strategy—"insourcing."

Despite running a campaign with about twice the money and twice the staff of Governor Mitt Romney's presidential bid, President Barack Obama's campaign under-spent Romney's on IT products and services by $14.5 million, putting the money instead into building an internal tech team. Based on an Ars analysis of Federal Election Commission filings, the Obama campaign, all-inclusive, spent $9.3 million on technology services and consulting and under $2 million on internal technology-related payroll.

According to the article they hired their own team and used open source tool and cloud based infrastructure. By contrast Romney spent a bundle on outside vendors.

The Romney campaign spent $23.6 million on outside technology services—most of it on outside "digital media" consulting and data management. It outsourced most of its basic IT operations,

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