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IT Vendor as Change Agent

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Buyers are interested in transformation, says Joe Ragusa, vice president, Transformational Outsourcing for IBM Global Services, based in Somers, New York. They see outsourcing vendors as change agents who can provide the skills, processes and technology they need to enter the brave new economy. IT is enabling, adds Ragusa. The Web has created some strange bedfellows. Heated competitors are now working together in business-to-business (B2B) exchanges…

Big Companies Embrace Multi-Process BPO

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

The trend to outsource non-core business processes is ‘irreversible,’ says John Barnsley, global leader for Business Process Outsourcing for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and is steadily moving to include multiple activities. Barnsley attributes an overall increase in acceptance of BPO as an important strategic tool to the rapid transformation in technology. Constant change, accelerated by the Internet, has altered companies’ risk equations.

Internet Enhances Outsourcing

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Outsourcing continues to grow and accelerate, and the benefits and human resources (HR) area is predicted to enjoy a large growth rate in 2000. Bryan Dole, business leader, benefit administration operations for Hewitt Associates, says the most significant development for outsourcing in general, as well as HR and benefits outsourcing, will be greater utilization of the Internet…

Overcoming the Inherent Gridlock in Outsourcing

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

If you look at most traditional outsourcing contracts, says Ben Trowbridge of Ernst & Young, there are a number of built-in conflicts of interest in how they are priced and how they are structured. Trowbridge, who is responsible for the Services Market within Ernst & Young’s Operate Practice, says that equal sharing is not always possible in a typical outsourcing relationship.

New Dairy Product Enters Asia-Pacific Market

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

A Scottish surgeon had a vision of being able to improve the health of people in Hong Kong by supplying them with cows’ milk kept free from contamination. To that end, in 1886, he and five Hong Kong businessmen incorporated Dairy Farm and imported a herd of dairy cattle in order to lower the price of milk, thereby increasing profits for company shareholders..

The Tactics of Transformation

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

The outsourcing industry, having matured significantly during the past ten years, faces changes in 1999 that will not only alter the focus of the outsourcing industry itself, but will also transform the companies entering into such transactions.

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