An analysis of information systems outsourcing adoption at Kenya Armed Forces
Information Technology (IT) is now an integral organization resource that plays a supporting role in most functions. However IT is not the primary business of many organizations. Their core competencies, the areas in which an organization performs best and that represent its competitive advantage is in other functions such as logistics, manufacturing or services. This study analyzed the extent of Information Systems outsourcing adoption within the Kenya Armed Forces. The research looks at the importance of understanding the success factors and the problems associated with planning and implementation of outsourcing strategies in government institutions such as the Security Institutions (Military, Police, National Security Intelligence Service, etc) while ensuring that such institutions perform their core tasks so as to meet the various needs of varying stakeholders. It is also important that the way such institutions handle emerging trends in management of outsourced information systems be understood well. The literature review focuses on specific aspects of adoption relevant to this research in relation to how outsourcing of information systems has been conceptualized, the factors at play plus research into the hurdles of outsourcing adoption within government Security Institutions such as the military. The research methodology used is exploratory in nature and factor analysis is used for data analysis. Data analysis shows that majority of the respondents have worked in the Information Systems department for more than two years, therefore they have an understanding of what happens in the department and also they have the necessary experience to make policy decisions in the military. It is apparent from the findings that the concept of outsourcing has not been clearly articulated and understood by both the Senior Policy Makers and staff working in the department.