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Many software companies preach in their Website Banners: "Global Delivery Model". Has it anything to do with Deployment?

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Global = World wide, I guess. –  Doc Brown Apr 25 '12 at 19:08

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"Global Delivery Model" has nothing to do with software "Deployment".

Theory:
The term Global Delivery Model is typically associated with companies engaged in IT consulting and services delivery business and using a model of executing a technology project using a team that is distributed globally.

Practice:
Actually this is a marketing term is used by software services companies(mostly offshore companies) who have their team distributed globally to provide 24/7 support, less cost etc to attract clients when bidding on a project.

more details @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_delivery_model

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You mean Agile Methods like Scrum? –  RPK Apr 25 '12 at 18:08
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@RPK - The answer is rather clear. The term has nothing to do with software development methodologies, Scrum/Agile included. It is about providing support 24/7 globally. –  Oded Apr 25 '12 at 18:18
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Great point on it being a Marketing term. Although the term has Delivery, I've never heard it used outside of Marketing. That's Orwell for you. :-) –  MathAttack Apr 26 '12 at 2:36
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To me it reads, "I'm cheap, pick me!!!" ::sigh:: –  Evan Plaice Apr 27 '12 at 8:31

Global Delivery Model usually implies one of two things:

1) Uses cheaper resources from overseas.

2) These resources can work around the clock, so you can finish a day of development in one region, and have it tested overnight in another.

To answer your question, I find it only nominally about deployment. (I like the answer @java_mouse gives, though I'm not quite as extreme) An organization that is located around the globe can provide deployment support 24X7, and can help provide resources close to your customers if you need. But this is ancillary to points 1 & 2.

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