Hi everyone,

I'm a graduate student at MIT researching database outsourcing trends and I was hoping to hear the opinions of the experts. I hope this is the right forum for these questions:

1. In order of importance, what are the top criteria when determining when to outsource database services?

2. How do customers identify which companies to go with?

3. Are there any standards/metrics used to evaluate database outsourcers?

4. Aside from India, what countries have customers been outsourcing to? And why?

5. Who are the major players in database outsourcing?

6. Are there other forum, experts, or associations I can contact for my research?

I really appreciate the help of anyone who can answer some or all of these questions. I'd be happy to share my research and analysis with any contributors.

Thank you,