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. While the commonly understood meaning of the term implies globally distributed resources, the term itself has acquired a broader definition. Gartner, for example, defines global delivery model to encompass a "focus on the technical skills, process rigor, tools, methodologies, overall structure and strategies for seamlessly delivering IT-enabled services from global locations"
The GDM has emerged as a significant path in the IT industry and has given birth to global outsourcing. Global outsourcing is nowadays widely accepted by many organizations, with the main objective of reducing investment—which, in turn, generates more revenue to the company. On the other hand, operational teams work together to improve performance and bring quality work to the client. This model has been successful in achieving all of these goals, and also offers the benefits of lowered risk and increased productivity.