While a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with an upfitter may be beneficial, there are potential negative aspects that should also be considered. Until recently, support for environmental research was sufficient to meet the requirements. However, the system described above, which has served agencies relatively well, does not keep up with the dramatic increase in the need for research infrastructure and support services. The current response is both quantitative and structurally insufficient – quantitatively, because the current system is not able to provide the necessary direct support, structurally, because current efforts are too fragmented. The main problem is the high rate The serious underfunding of biodiversity research is due in part to the lack of public appreciation for the importance of biodiversity knowledge. Within the biological sciences, taxonomy and nomenclature have been overshadowed by the spectacular successes of molecular biology and have been ousted from the biology departments of many leading research universities. Many universities find it difficult to provide more support to museums and hergés in times of fiscal hardship. Although the importance of biodiversity research is now increasingly recognized, the United States lacks a sufficient framework of trained taxonomons, has insufficient and insufficiently regulated collections, and faces huge residues of specimens waiting to be identified or described as new species. Biodiversity research can be supported by industry, but these are modest amounts. Some pharmaceutical companies are active in the search for scientific products.
Most tropical countries do not receive payments from prospecting within their borders, but Merck Pharmaceutical Company recently signed an agreement with the Costa Ricas National Institute of Biodiversity to participate in exploration costs and the benefits of marketing useful natural products; the agreement has attracted a great deal of international attention, but it is still too early to assess the long-term potential of these agreements. Security should be an important provision of any contract for the development of outsourced software or hosted services, experts say. When developing the outsourced code, companies should have the right to check the code and parties should agree that all bugs will be fixed before the final product is delivered. The contracting entity should have the option of terminating a business contract if the subcontractor does not meet its security obligations, either for code development or for a hosted service, including the management of the risks associated with the use of subcontractors. In every business, you always say to yourself, “The customer is always right.” In other words, any expectation that the customer has is written in the Service Level Agreement or SLA. ALS generally describes basic services for clients and describes their responsibilities to ensure that each concept is adhered to in accordance with ALS. Customer feedback is one of the reasons why products and services are constantly innovative. While ALS has some advantages and disadvantages for customers, it all comes down to what was agreed before the contract was signed. The United States has few scattered biodiversity research centers. Several reports, including a congressional-commissioned Report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA, 1987) and the National Environment Commission (NCE, 1993) report, require centralized research planning, compilation and synthesis of existing information, as well as political decision-making access to information. The Smithsonian is researching biodiversity, but its programs are not centrally planned. In most biodiversity programmes, there is no link between research needs and political needs and little integration between fields of study (including between ecology and nomenclature, both of which are conducted within the same institution, but largely in different laboratories).