U.S. News & World Report named Harvard Pilgrim Health Care the No. 1 commercial health plan for the last three years. That’s a dramatic recovery from the deathbed days of 1999 when the insurance company lost $227 million and fell into receivership. Outsourcing was the transfusion it needed.
One of the victims of September 11 was the airline industry. Delta had to service its call center customers at a lower cost. The solution was offshoring. That decision turned out to be a lifeline when hurricanes hit the US last year, shuttering some US call centers. Wipro routed extra calls to Mumbai and Pune, stretching its resources to support the airline in its time of need.