Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Top Ten Reasons Why Outsourcing Fails | White Paper

Top Ten Reasons Why Outsourcing Fails | White Paper

The rich and long history of outsourcing—now around 200 years if you consider outsourcing for agriculture, manufacturing, accounting and now medical opinion—has evolved to be a more complex process over the years. Today’s outsourcing is for tasks that are mission critical for enterprises worldwide. These include outsourcing for high-end tasks such as product design and […]

Five Signs That You Might Need to Outsource

Five Signs That You Might Need to Outsource

If you’ve been able to resist outsourcing while the world around you is doing it, that’s great. However, it might be a good idea to start looking at the outsourcing option if you’re seeing one or more of the following happening in your company. 1. You just can’t find the right people. If you find […]

Leading Reasons to Outsource Your IT Services

Leading Reasons to Outsource Your IT Services

Taking the IT outsourcing plunge is nothing to take lightly. But what’s really holding you back? Often it’s fear of the unknown, along with fear of losing full control, that keep s you from experiencing the many benefits outsourcing can bring. But if you look around, you’ll likely see your competitors are doing it — […]

Lifting the Winner’s Curse

Lifting the Winner’s Curse

Unlike most auctions, both buyers and service provicers in an IT outsourcing transaction pay if the winning service provider offered an irrational price to get the deal. Stephen Dunn offers tips to buyers on how to avoid the winner’s curse.

Top 9 Innovation Trends in Outsourcing for 2015

Top 9 Innovation Trends in Outsourcing for 2015

Robotics, Analytics or Multi-channel enagagement? This report explores the innovative practices businesses are implementing in their outsourcing agreements. It is based on 100 in-depth interviews with senior outsourcing buyers. More than four fifths (83%) of buyers say they have experienced innovation in their outsourcing relationships Nine in ten (92%) say their outsourcing partners want to […]

The Six and a Half Things You Really Need to Know About Outsourcing | White Paper

The Six and a Half Things You Really Need to Know About Outsourcing | White Paper

Outsourcing may be one of the most complex topics in business today. Amazon.com lists almost six thousand book titles on the topic. In comparison, rocket science earns only 2,500 entries on Amazon’s list. If you are considering outsourcing or are on an outsourcing taskforce you must be wondering what the important bits are. You will […]

Ten Key Questions for Developing an Effective Service-Level Agreement

Ten Key Questions for Developing an Effective Service-Level Agreement

Service-level agreements (SLAs) have become a common part of outsourcing, cloud and other managed services agreements.  SLAs can allow customers to: •    Secure commitments to performance as measured against agreed metrics •    Create an incentive for suppliers to consistently meet those commitments, and •    Obtain options to take action to correct deficient performance However, a […]

A Unique SLA System that Incents Innovation. A Partnership that Delivers Real Value

A Unique SLA System that Incents Innovation. A Partnership that Delivers Real Value

2014 Outsourcing Excellence Awards Most Reliable Japan International Cooperation Agency and Accenture     “The start of the project was plagued with challenges, such as system down and a major earthquake. Accenture’s ability to confront these challenges head-on, then embark on a journey of improvement and innovation through JICA’s unique SLA approach, has resulted in […]

How Workforce 2020 Will Change Outsourcing

How Workforce 2020 Will Change Outsourcing

We’ve all heard it, or said it, a million times: Our outsourcing engagement works because of the relationship. It is a partnership, not a buyer-vendor arrangement. And for the most part, that statement has held true. Traditional outsourcing typically involved a 10-plus-year contract, along with a real need to make the relationship work. Changing providers […]

Get More Bang for Your Buck: Do’s and Don’ts in Formulating Cloud Computing Contracts

Get More Bang for Your Buck: Do’s and Don’ts in Formulating Cloud Computing Contracts

In late September, high-profile cloud storage start up Nirvanix told its customers to stop replicating data on its servers and migrate to other providers like Microsoft Azure, IBM SoftLayer and Amazon S3. For several reasons, Nirvanix, sitting on a tidy $70 million in funding, was shutting down . Users had until October 15 to download […]

A Cloud of Controversy: Protect People or Privacy?

A Cloud of Controversy: Protect People or Privacy?

During the same decade that the USA PATRIOT Act conferred unprecedented powers on U.S. law enforcement officials, such trends as the consumerization of information technology (IT) and virtual servers gained traction on the enterprise data center scene. Simultaneously, the advent of cloud technology ushered in an era in which data from companies all over the […]

Top Five Reasons for IT Directors to Outsource IT Services

Top Five Reasons for IT Directors to Outsource IT Services

Fear of surrendering control is probably the main factor holding many IT directors back from realizing the benefits of outsourcing IT services. But if you can find an IT services supplier who will work with you in a genuine partnership, understanding the specific needs of your business, it soon becomes clear that this fear is […]

RPO Providers Debunk 14 Outsourcing Myths

RPO Providers Debunk 14 Outsourcing Myths

Almost 40 years after Ross Perot launched outsourcing by offering to take over a company’s IT, outsourcing has become an accepted business practice. Yet it’s surprising how much resistance there still is in the market. The Outsourcing Center asked recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and recruitment technology service providers why they believe companies still refuse to […]

Do You Really Want to Outsource Customer Experience Management (CEM)?

Do You Really Want to Outsource Customer Experience Management (CEM)?

If you’re considering outsourcing your Customer Experience Management (CEM) or already outsource all or part of your CEM, it’s time to be sure you’re not doing more harm than good. In today’s always on, device-crazed world, service providers are constantly challenged to win and more importantly, satisfy their customers in an effort to reduce churn. […]

Capex vs Opex: Five Must-dos Before You Take the Leap

Capex vs Opex: Five Must-dos Before You Take the Leap

First off, let’s get the basics out of the way. Capex, or capital expense, is what you spend on purchasing anything needed to run your business for more than a year. This means that your company holds ownership of the product. We’ll not get into the financial niceties of tax and depreciation, but in general […]

Let Your Approach to Transition Be an Easy One

Let Your Approach to Transition Be an Easy One

You have developed a sourcing strategy to engage a capable service partner for delivery of IT or business process services.  You hired a reputable advisor to consult with your team to guide you through the sourcing strategy – developing and issuing the RFP, proposal evaluation, partner selection and now preparing for the transition and the […]