Offshore outsourcing company ZenSar has announced a partnership with management and governance vendor SOA Software. Though the partnership is new, the two companies aren't strangers to each other. In May last year, ZenSar acquired SOA Software's services business for $24.9 million. As well as giving SOA Software a way to fund its growth without raising additional funds from VCs, the deal also highlighted that international outsourcing isn't always a one-way street.
ZenSar says that the deal makes it one of the few Indian outsourcing companies with a full SOA offering, which is probably true " and at first glance seems odd, considering that offshore outsourcing and SOA are both among the fastest growing trends in IT. However, this is mostly because SOA is quite difficult to move offshore. The barriers are similar to those in front of SOA as a service – namely that SOA involves integration of other systems, most of which are still in-house and onshore. Outsourcing the middleware only really makes sense if the underlying applications are outsourced too.
This is likely what ZenSar and SOA Software are betting on. While SOA itself isn't a great candidate for outsourcing, it should enable outsourcing of the underlying applications by breaking them up into more standardized components. That's good for both offshore IT shops and SaaS providers.