With its Managed Services hub in southern Illinois, Liaison keeps tech jobs in the U.S., provides customers with high-quality support, and keeps operations costs in check
ATLANTA — June 12, 2012 —
Liaison Technologies, a global provider of secure cloud-based integration and data management services and solutions, announced today it is holding a webinar on the benefits of rural sourcing for technology companies, based on its own successful initiative in Carbondale, Illinois. “Rural Sourcing: Trend or Main Street Savior” will be held at 12:00 pm ET on Tuesday, June 19.
In the webinar, Kyle Harfst, executive director of the Southern Illinois Research Park at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), and Larry Mieldezis, COO of Liaison Technologies, will showcase Liaison’s rural sourcing operation and talk about how it has benefitted the company, the local economy and customers alike. Carbondale has a population of 26,000.
Liaison established its Managed Services hub in Carbondale in 2010 to provide support for its on-premise and cloud-based data integration and data management solutions, and to provide data mapping and implementation services to its North American customers. It partnered with Southern Illinois University for the initiative, working from a space in the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center at SIU. Liaison has since moved off-campus to a 5,000-square-foot facility where it has room to grow. It currently employs 20 mapping analysts and other technologists in Carbondale, hiring both seasoned IT professionals and new SIU graduates.
“For all of its benefits, the fact remains that the global economy has driven business out of America,” said Mieldezis. “For many small towns, economic revitalization is a matter of life or death. At the same time, companies are finding that the quality of their outsourced IT initiatives in other countries is lacking. A solution has emerged that solves both issues: rural sourcing. It is our hope that our successful venture in Southern Illinois will prompt other tech companies to establish offices throughout rural America, instead of sending high-paying jobs overseas.”
Rural sourcing is becoming more prevalent as technology companies realize the benefits of using domestic technical talent in rural communities, particularly those anchored by a technical college or university. Because of the lower cost of living in these communities, companies can offer competitive wages and benefits at a lower cost than they can in large metropolitan areas. They can also avoid the problems often associated with outsourcing overseas, such as language and cultural barriers, regulatory compliance and security requirements, political instability and time zone differences.
To register for “Rural Sourcing: Trend or Main Street Savior,” click here.
Liaison Technologies is a global data management and integration company. It provides innovative solutions to integrate, transform, harmonize, manage and secure critical business data on-premise or in the cloud. With a comprehensive array of business-to-business and application-to-application integration and data transformation services, as well as on-premise and cloud-based data security solutions, Liaison’s practitioners implement data management infrastructures adapted to each client’s specific business requirements. Headquartered in Atlanta, Liaison has offices in the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit liaison.opentext.com.
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