Successful outsourcing arrangements leverage more than resources and expertise — it’s the partnership approach that makes the difference.
Learn how the choice of an outsourcing partner is crucial in transforming a company’s catch-as-catch-can or by-the-seat-of-your-pants processes to world-class operations.
Outsourcing IT improves business processes to help buyers remain competitive.
IT suppliers are entering the BPO world. Compaq has created an unusual offering melding the two.
Outsourcing suppliers are responsive in a crisis. Forty-five minutes after the first plane hit the World Trade Center, Compaq executives were on the phone, putting together a triage of support for its eight financial clients with Recover-All contracts as well as its many other customers headquartered in the twin towers. Tom Simmons, vice president of Compaq Managed Services in Stowe, Massachusetts, says within three hours Compaq had organized a crisis center routing telephone questions to Colorado Springs and opened a walk-in facility near Madison Square Garden manned by its Northeast sales team. A crisis Web site was online that night.
Burlington Resources, Inc., which is involved in the exploration, development and production of hydrocarbons, ranks first among U.S. independent oil and gas companies, in terms of proved U.S. reserves. It’s a company with the diverse global opportunities and financial strength of a major oil company, but it is also blessed with the entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility and responsiveness of an independent operator. If there was anything that might impede its ability to grow and remain competitive in its industry, Burlington would take steps to rectify that situation.
Judicial Middle Ground – A goal to realign resources to be more client-centered led to outsourcing at Justice Canada, the federal Department of Justice that is the attorney general for Canada. Linda Holmes, Director of Informatic Services and Technology Division of the Information Management Branch (IMB) for Justice Canada, says that IMB decided to establish a front office function, where the focus would be on the business of law and how technology can enable the department to do that business better. Budget constraints, however, were no help in establishing this business analyst/architect design function. The solution was to shift employees into this new core area and then outsource the day-to-day operations.
Remedy Corporation is a US software developer and manufacturer of adaptable enterprise applications. The solutions are fast-track, in-depth, scalable, easy to modify; and they quickly became very popular. Soon the small company had more than 9,100 customers in 70 countries. Remedy also handled all of its distribution of the products, and therein lies the problem. As the company grew, to keep in pace with all the development that was coming out of engineering, I just had to keep adding bodies, recalls Robert Cassese, Manager of Worldwide Logistics for Remedy. Cassese says it was a lot of work. We were doing it on the flimflam. For example, I’d go up to the stock room and say take these things, and these things, and this thing, and put them in a box, and put a label on it, and we’ll ship them. And if we needed to send a user manual, installation guide, marketing materials, I’d have to go find a printer and some guy to do it. Smart money said others could do it better than we could.
Compaq Computer Corporation and Jabil Circuit, Inc. This award illustrates the ability to expand SAP outsourcing into a whole new venue, e-commerce. E-commerce, of course, is the hottest area for outsourcing expansion. Jabil originally outsourced its SAP application to Compaq to manage its global growth throughout North America, Asia and Europe. This outsourcing proved to be the perfect springboard to attack e-commerce….
The task for Compaq was not quite this demanding, but it was a stretch. Ciba Specialty Chemicals wanted a global network built in the amount of time it takes to play a hockey season — about nine months! And this network wasn’t going to be the everyday run-of-the-mill network either…