Beyond Outsourcing

Enabling Innovations through Creative Collaboration in Global Software Development

Wednesday November 26th, 2008 at 1-5 pm
Dipoli Congress Centre, Espoo

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| Communication | Group Relations | Trust | Strategy | Management |

Programme 26.11.2008

12:30Registration & coffee
13:00 Welcome to MapIT!
Professor Reijo Sulonen, SoberIT, TKK
KEYNOTE: Beyond Structural Savings: Harnessing Global Software Development for Competitiveness
Deependra Moitra
14:30 Energy Break
15:00 Two MaPIT industrial CASE presentations

Working as one team across diverse timezones, cultures and locations

Sara Eriksson, GBS Nordic Global Delivery Leader, IBM Sweden AB

CASE TietoEnator:
Experiences from offsite - distributing software development to Czech Republic

Petr Lukasik, Department Manager, TietoEnator Czech s.r.o.
16:00 PANEL Discussion - Future trends in GSD

Deependra Moitra
Professor Reijo Sulonen, SoberIT, TKK
Professor Matti Vartiainen, Work Psychology & Leadership, TKK
Sara Eriksson, GBS Nordic Global Delivery Leader, IBM Sweden AB
Petr Lukasik, Department Manager, TietoEnator Czech s.r.o.

Chairman Casper Lassenius, SoberIT, TKK

17:00 Conclusions
Happy Hour & Networking

Registration & Seminar fee

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The seminar fee is 180 € (+ VAT 22%) including the speaker's exclusive material, coffee and refreshments, and cocktails.

The reduced fee for researchers and academics is 50 €.


The degree of globalization of the software industry has increased rapidly during last decades. Traditionally companies have been engaged in global software engineering in order to cut software development costs, to access competent labor, and to shorten the time-to-market for their products. In many cases, these benefits are supposed to be realized in a short period of time. As a consequence, many of these projects neglect building a true collaborative relationships within the project team.

In this seminar, we look further both in terms of time window and also the development of global software development. By focusing on the collaboration and innovativeness within and between the teams, we seek to find ways how to build real partnership between the parties in global software development, and how to foster innovativeness and sustainable benefits from the global collaboration. The seminar presentations focus both on strategic and operational level of managing, improving andimplementing practices for collaboration and innovativeness in software projects.

The seminar is targeted for people responsible for their it-projects, managers, HR people and directors - who want to make best out of their respective positions and teams. The seminar presentations focus both on strategic and operational level of managing, improving and implementing practices for collaboration and innovativeness in software projects.

About presentations

Keynote speaker Deependra Moitra is an independent management consultant, executive coach, and an internationally well- known authority on global innovation management. Deependra has 16 years of multifaceted professional experience spanning business consulting and technology products as well as services sectors. His consulting work has focused on strategic and operational issues involving globalization and innovation.

MaPIT industrial case presentations provide insights into the real challenges and solutions global software companies have experienced, as well as enlighten the future steps for improve- ment and research on global software development and col- laboration.

About MaPIT research project

MaPIT (Management, Processes and IT Support in Globally Distributed Software Development) is a research project at Software Business and Engineering Institute (SoberIT) of the Helsinki University of Technology. MaPIT research project is performed by Software Process Research Group (SPRG) of Software Business and Engineering Institute. The MaPIT project is funded by Tekes and participating companies (IBM, Tekla, TietoEnator, Itella, Vaisala). Project time span is three years (2007-2009).

MaPIT research project specifically focuses on software processes, communication, IT tool support, cultural issues, group relations, trust, and governance and management of globally distributed software projects. More information about MaPIT project can be found from project web pages.

About the Software Business and Engineering Institute (SoberIT)

The Software Business and Engineering Laboratory is a unit of the Department of Computer Science at Helsinki University of Technology. At SoberIT, we are responsible for research and education related to software business and the management aspects of software development. Our mission is to improve the global competitiveness of the Finnish software industry by providing world-class education and research.

Our research covers a broad set of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • software product business
  • distributed product development
  • digital economy
  • product data management
  • information ergonomics
  • legal and contractual issues.

We strive for research that is both practically relevant and of high academic quality. Our research projects are carried out in close cooperation with industry, and are often multi-disciplinary and constructive in nature. Our staff consists of people with various backgrounds: engineering, business, law, and psychology.

More information?

If you have any questions on MaPIT research project or this seminar, please contact Mr. Tuomas Niinimäki (

More information about the seminar and global software development for media (in Finnish)