Research & Insight


Reducing Costs While Improving Patient Safety

GAVS Technologies

How healthcare providers are cutting costs and improving patient care by integrating IMS, Compliance, Business Intelligence and Mobility solutions According to Gartner, the pace and magnitude of IT-enabled changes in the healthcare sector will increase dramatically during this decade. Highly available, aware and responsive infrastructures are fast becoming the focus of CIOs, with attention shifting …

Valuing Terms in Outsourcing Contracts

Brad L. Peterson, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

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

Outsourcing Experts Discuss New Flexible Pricing Models

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

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 …

When is an SLA Not Necessary in an Outsourcing Relationship?

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

A service level agreement (SLA) plays two important roles in an outsourcing arrangement. It sets the stage for the service provider’s accountability, and it is the major factor in determining the price of the service. The buyer of outsourced services can achieve a comfort level that it’s getting what it pays for if it regularly …

How Outsourcing Buyers Benefit from Benchmarking

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Cost and price. It’s crucial that buyers understand both when it comes to outsourcing. What is the cost of providing business services internally? What elements comprise that cost? What is the price for comparable services from an outsourcing service provider? What cost elements affect the provider’s price? For the service levels it commits to perform, …

Study Reveals Key Factors in Decisions for Early Renewal of Outsourcing Contracts

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Why do some buyers decide to renew their outsourcing contracts early before the term expires? Outsourcing Center studied 92 relationships to identify the drivers for early renewals. The study also revealed top qualities of providers appreciated by buyers in early-renewal deals.

Changes in Outsourcing Will Impact the Way Buyers Make Decisions in 2009

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Companies are facing new considerations in their decision making at different points in the life cycle of outsourcing. Pricing models, controllability of offshored work, managing outsourcing relationships, and a new source of value creation will impact decisions in 2009. But the biggest impact on decision making will come from a watershed event regarding platform BPO, which occurred in 2008. Here’s what you need to know to be ready for outsourcing decisions in these aspects.

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