Energy & Utilities

Changing Suppliers Improves Health Program Offerings, Benefitting the Buyer and its Employees | Article

Changing Suppliers Improves Health Program Offerings, Benefitting the Buyer and its Employees | Article

Acosta changed service providers so it could offer employer-funded health reimbursement arrangements. The new plan lowered premiums but pushed some employees outside their comfort zones. Together Acosta and Workscape created a communication plan to educate them. Here’s what they did to drive buy-in.

Shelter Provider Delivers Same Value to U.S. Service Sector as it Does for Manufacturers | Article

Shelter Provider Delivers Same Value to U.S. Service Sector as it Does for Manufacturers | Article

ProDivNet wanted to set up shop in Mexico but quickly discovered it didn’t have the management infrastructure to set up Mexican operations. The small business outsourced the project to a shelter provider that knew how to establish a presence, manage staff, and maintain a service-based operation south of the border.

How Verticalization and Business Process Utilities Will Impact Outsourced Services | Article

How Verticalization and Business Process Utilities Will Impact Outsourced Services | Article

Transparent pricing, highly standardized processes, vertical solutions. Companies will select service providers that deliver the best quality and value-add, not just the best price. “Increased adoption of standardized solutions in outcomes-based models will drive outsourcing to become more utility based,” says Don Schulman, General Manager, Finance and Administration at IBM. “And that becomes where the […]

What Companies Need to Understand about Switching to Outcome-Based Approaches in Outsourcing | Article

What Companies Need to Understand about Switching to Outcome-Based Approaches in Outsourcing | Article

Among the various changes that will impact outsourcing over the next five years, Don Schulman, General Manager of Finance and Administration at IBM, says the first will be a focus on outcomes-based pricing models. “Focusing on clients’ end-to-end processes, the discussion moves to outcomes pretty fast when considering the advantage of an outsourcer doing a […]

Predictions: Marketplace Turmoil and Change in How Outsourcing Relationships Work Over the Next Five Years | Article

Predictions: Marketplace Turmoil and Change in How Outsourcing Relationships Work Over the Next Five Years | Article

Getting from A to Z (from the current state of outsourcing relationships to the future state of how relationships will need to work in order to bring about the outcomes that buyers demand) is not an easy path, and some providers will fall away during that journey. In addition, cloud computing changes the entire picture. […]

Changes in BPO: How Technology Is Changing the Landscape | Article

Changes in BPO: How Technology Is Changing the Landscape | Article

In its day, offshoring created a tectonic change in outsourcing. Today, new trends are bubbling to the surface that will also create a sea change, especially for BPO. Today’s way of doing things may be destined for a dusty museum five years from now. Suppliers we interviewed predicted the following will alter BPO during the […]

Areas Where Outsourcing Will Grow in the Next Five Years | Article

Areas Where Outsourcing Will Grow in the Next Five Years | Article

Our experts predict several areas of the industry will experience significant growth over the next five years. Reverse outsourcing, verticalization, emerging markets, business analytics, healthcare, transportation, and ERP are some of the areas that will enjoy increased attention. Industry trends Andrew Pery, Chief Marketing Officer, Kofax, says reverse outsourcing will pick up steam. This trend […]

The Nuts and Bolts of Collaborative Outsourcing Relationships | Article

The Nuts and Bolts of Collaborative Outsourcing Relationships | Article

This article examines three outsourcing relationships and presents the nuts and bolts that enable collaboration. The three relationships share their keys for successful collaboration from the aspects of service provider selection criteria, aligning interests for the long term, and effective communication.

Logistics Outsourcer Helps Consumer Electronics Retailer Deliver the Goods | Article

Logistics Outsourcer Helps Consumer Electronics Retailer Deliver the Goods | Article

GoldLantern designs Bluetooth and iPod/MP3 devices, which it sells through distribution agreements with Fry’s Electronics, Costco, Wall-Mart, and Micro Center. Thanks to outsourcing the distribution and logistics to Suddath Logistics/Centra Worldwide, the company operates with less than 15 employees.

Outsourcing Allows Back-up Services Provider to Retain Market Leadership | Article

Outsourcing Allows Back-up Services Provider to Retain Market Leadership | Article

Web 2.0 created a dilemma for Intronis, a provider of online data back-up systems. Its customers needed the software to back up their burgeoning data faster. Its proprietary software was increasingly unable to accommodate their needs and it didn’t have specs for a fix. Outsourcing to Exigen saved the day.

Why Shell Created an ‘Ecosystem’ of Three Suppliers When It Outsourced its IT Infrastructure | Article

Why Shell Created an ‘Ecosystem’ of Three Suppliers When It Outsourced its IT Infrastructure | Article

Instead of outsourcing its IT infrastructure to just one supplier that takes care of everything, Shell chose to outsource to best-of-breed suppliers. It created an IT ecosystem designed to encourage three suppliers to work together. Read how they made multi-sourcing a success.

How Hot Spot Teams Innovate | Article

How Hot Spot Teams Innovate | Article

Lynda Gratton at the London Business School has studied teams for the last five years. She explains how to encourage hot spots, a business environment where ideas and excitement ignite teams, who then solve problems and innovate.

Wipro Voice: Why Cloud Computing Is Here to Stay (Even Though No One Is Closing Their Data Centers Just Yet) | Article

Wipro Voice: Why Cloud Computing Is Here to Stay (Even Though No One Is Closing Their Data Centers Just Yet) | Article

Cloud computing may be the next game-changer in IT. Anand Ramakrishnan discusses how companies can use cloud computing. Is the public or private cloud the best option? Which functions will migrate? The Wipro expert has answers.

Morrison & Foerster’s Study: How the Recession Has Changed Outsourcing | Article

Morrison & Foerster’s Study: How the Recession Has Changed Outsourcing | Article

The common wisdom is outsourcing is counter-cyclical, so it should be going gangbusters in the down economy. But that’s not what actually happened. What is going on? The international law firm Morrison & Foerster polled its clients. Partner Christopher Ford reports the findings.

How Outsourcing Helped a Utilities Company Save $16 Million While Lowering Security Risk, Improving Client Satisfaction, and Flexibly Working through an Extremely Challenging Acquisition | Article

How Outsourcing Helped a Utilities Company Save $16 Million While Lowering Security Risk, Improving Client Satisfaction, and Flexibly Working through an Extremely Challenging Acquisition | Article

PSEG wanted to increase value on IT spend and tasked CompuCom with providing end-user support services to more than 11,000 users across 85 locations. They’ve worked flexibly together to ensure their interests remain aligned in developing solutions that increase productivity and decrease down time. Within three years, PSEG realized $16 million in IT services cost savings.

How Outsourced IT Provided Wireless for the Citizens, Cut the Crime Rate, and Helped Minneapolis During a Crisis | Article

How Outsourced IT Provided Wireless for the Citizens, Cut the Crime Rate, and Helped Minneapolis During a Crisis | Article

This relationship captured the best in show award because it demonstrated excellence in partnering while revamping the city’s IT infrastructure, including installing a city-wide Wi-Fi network. This new infrastructure played a crucial role in the city’s swift response to the I-35 bridge collapse and the success of the Republican National Convention when the entire nation was watching.