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How to Build Long-term Outsourcing Success

How to Build Long-term Outsourcing Success

2014 Outsourcing Excellence Awards Best Long-term Relationship Cummins and HCL Technologies       “Cummins is in a better place today because of HCL’s guidance and support.” Curt Brown, Director, Service Excellence, Cummins Inc. Outsourcing relationships, like marriages, can be trying, hence the significant failure rate. Dun and Bradstreet reports that 25 percent of outsourcing […]

The Importance of Analytics

The Importance of Analytics

Analytics. That is the new buzz word in outsourcing and particularly in workforce management. Managed services providers (MSP) rely on vendor management systems (VMS) to crunch the terabytes of data on a company’s global workforce—where they work, for how long and how much they cost. But is this really helpful? “Absolutely,” says Doug Leeby, president […]

Valuing Contract Terms in Outsourcing Contracts | Article

Valuing Contract Terms in Outsourcing Contracts | Article

If you are an outsourcing customer, an outsourcing agreement is like a three-legged stool. Its value depends on what you agree to buy, what you agree to pay and the terms of the contract. Although the agreement and the other contract terms are often extensive, outsourcing customers often underestimate, or even overlook, the value in […]

Award-Winning Outsourcing Relationships — Three Key Ingredients in their “Secret Sauce” | Article

Award-Winning Outsourcing Relationships — Three Key Ingredients in their “Secret Sauce” | Article

Behind each award-winning global outsourcing relationship is a fascinating story of extraordinary people, excellence in service delivery, lots of sweat equity, some painful bumps in the road, a mutual willingness to constructively solve problems, and trust earned. Contracts were awarded as a result of a competitive bid, so they started with a blank recipe card. […]

Manage Outsourcing Change by Communicating Remorse | Article

Manage Outsourcing Change by Communicating Remorse | Article

Most of us have been down on our knees praying that the relationship does not blow up over an error. Perhaps the cutover was delayed because the provider did not conduct sufficient user acceptance tests, or an employee committed fraud within a client account because controls were inadequate, or the client did not provide the […]

Biggest Challenges in Maintaining Superior Service Levels in Outsourcing Relationships | Article

Biggest Challenges in Maintaining Superior Service Levels in Outsourcing Relationships | Article

Outsourcing rookies, of course, face many challenges in achieving their desired return on investment because their deals often lack one or more elements that are foundational to success. And all outsourcing relationships encounter challenges that arise in unanticipated situations. But what about experienced buyers and relationships that are more mature? What issues arise in their […]

BPO Study’s Surprising Findings on Value and Long-Term Intent in Outsourcing Relationships | Article

BPO Study’s Surprising Findings on Value and Long-Term Intent in Outsourcing Relationships | Article

Buyers of outsourcing services want their service providers to invest in technologies that bring continual improvement to the outsourced processes. Providers want to invest only where it is also beneficial to their margins in the long run. Therein lies a conflict. Are there reliable predictors of a buyer’s intent for a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship […]

Ten Pitfalls in Outsourcing Transitions | Article

Ten Pitfalls in Outsourcing Transitions | Article

There’s no shortage of methodologies and advisories on best practices and risk mitigation strategies for the transition phase of outsourcing relationships. Even so, many buyers encounter situations they didn’t foresee when structuring their arrangement, which cause costs to rise and delay time to value. Outsourcing Center studied these types of situations by surveying companies nominated […]

Level of Trust Impacts Effectiveness of Outsourcing Communication | Article

Level of Trust Impacts Effectiveness of Outsourcing Communication | Article

Ask 10 buyers of outsourcing services for their keys to success in communicating with their service providers, and you’ll hear 10 different answers because, of course, the effectiveness of communication depends on the individuals involved. Some will also say it depends on whether they’re communicating about day-to-day operations, conflicts or opportunities. Others will comment that […]

Seven Examples of Resolving Financial Conflicts between Buyers and Providers of Outsourced Services | Article

Seven Examples of Resolving Financial Conflicts between Buyers and Providers of Outsourced Services | Article

At the point where outsourcing service providers or their customers have a conflict that will result in a monetary loss to either party, they’re walking a fine line. If they manage to resolve the issue with a mutually beneficial solution, their relationship will be even stronger than before the conflict. If not, the party that […]

Action Plans for Managing Attrition in an Outsourcing Service Provider’s Resources | Article

Action Plans for Managing Attrition in an Outsourcing Service Provider’s Resources | Article

Change sometimes brings unintended consequences. When outsourcing relationships several years ago took on the characteristic of delivering services from one or more offshore locations, an unintended consequence was “talent wars” and attrition. Unmanaged attrition among a provider’s ranks leads to unsatisfactory service delivery and higher costs. How can the parties manage this dilemma? Should they […]

Six Key Success Factors for Outsourcing – 2011 Market Study | White Paper

Six Key Success Factors for Outsourcing – 2011 Market Study | White Paper

Outsourcing is no longer a risky undertaking; it’s a mainstream business strategy. However, despite the strong adoption, many outsourcing relationships continue to fail. This white paper takes a look at what drives outsourcing success and presents detailed information about six key success factors. The paper cites findings from studies of such firms as Gartner and […]

Eight Biggest Areas of Risk for Buyers of Outsourcing Services | Article

Eight Biggest Areas of Risk for Buyers of Outsourcing Services | Article

New delivery models, new pricing models, service providers’ new marketing strategies, moving up the value chain to intellectual arbitrage, new technologies, real-time customer interaction, globalization, and new standards and regulations – these factors set the stage for risks for buyers of outsourcing services in the next two to five years. (Read Forces of Change Shaping […]

Outsourcing Experts Discuss New Flexible Pricing Models | Article

Outsourcing Experts Discuss New Flexible Pricing Models | Article

Outsourcing Center assembled a panel of industry experts to discuss the changes in outsourcing contracts and pricing models over the next two to five years. Their insights reveal buyers and providers will approach outsourcing initiatives differently than in the past. Q. Outsourcing pricing models and contract vehicles have evolved over the past few years. How […]

100 Lessons Learned – Mistakes and Successes of Outsourcing Buyers | Article

100 Lessons Learned – Mistakes and Successes of Outsourcing Buyers | Article

As GE’s Jack Welch states, mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success. In studying outsourcing relationships through Outsourcing Center’s annual Outsourcing Excellence Awards program since 1996, Outsourcing Center has aggregated and analyzed the lessons learned – mistakes and successes – by hundreds of buyers and providers of outsourcing services. These lessons learned […]

Seven Action Areas to Strengthen an Outsourcing Relationship | Article

Seven Action Areas to Strengthen an Outsourcing Relationship | Article

An outsourcing provider’s quality of services and the achievement of the agreed-upon mutually beneficial objectives are essential to success. But there are additional actions that service providers and buyers can take to boost the return on investment and increase the life expectancy of their relationship. To identify these relationship-strengthening actions, Outsourcing Center conducted a survey […]