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What is Outsourcing? It’s Our Past, Present and Future

Outsourcing Center, Karthik Nagendra, Business Writer

Outsourcing is not a new or alien phenomenon. Almost every organization outsources some aspect of its business. A paint company may outsource the manufacture of its paint cans; a mobile network may outsource its billing activity; a hospital may outsource medical waste disposal; an auto manufacturer may outsource servicing; and an IT company may outsource …

The Next Generation Shared Services through BPO

Dennis Winkler, Director, Jim Matthews, Managing Consultant, Alsbridge

Executives are all asking similar questions of their shared service organizations (SSO): “How do I get to the next level of shared services and realize more value?” “How do I change my SSO model to expand services and go global?” “How do I drive continuous process improvement initiatives?” “How do I deal with social media …

Outsourcing Enterprise’s BYOD Adoption to Improve Chances of Success | Article

Outsourcing Center, Karthik Nagendra, Business Writer

Are you at work? Check the mobile phone you are using. If you are in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, chances are your company has allowed you to bring your own smart phone to work. The results of a recent survey of the region released by Aruba Networks (NASDAQ: ARUN) suggests that …

Transforming Supply Chain Management with RFID | Article

Outsourcing Center, Karthik Nagendra, Business Writer

Some years ago, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) was going to power supply chain systems to the next level. Retailers like Target, Metro Cash & Carry and Walmart adopted it, only to discover that there were several challenges. Integration with SCM was one—tracking everything down to the last part/unit using RFID was turning out to not …

Mobility Shifting the Wave from Brand-centric to Customer-centric Retailing | Article

Outsourcing Center, Karthik Nagendra, Business Writer

Two things are of key importance in the retail industry today: margins and customer loyalty. While better sourcing, operational efficiencies and market penetration can check margins, the answers to improving loyalty or even maintaining them are complex. Retailers are increasingly being forced towards tactical solutions, rewarding customers with “money-off” deals. Much of the concept of …

Financial Services: Build those mobile apps before customers dial out | Article

Outsourcing Center, Karthik Nagendra, Business Writer

Innovation unfolding by way of mobile application usage in the financial sector is not totally unexpected: an increasing number of customers are walking around with smart phones, transacting in virtual worlds, accessing information 24X7, changing market dynamics and providing unlimited opportunities. Time has literally begun to translate into money. ComScore (NASDAQ: SCOR) [i] reported earlier this …

The World’s Largest Procurement BPO Engagement Realizes Its Vision

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

16th Annual Outsourcing Excellence Awards—Best Financial Services: Deutsche Bank and Accenture “Working as one cohesive team, we over-delivered on our business case and we’re still on an upward trajectory. Eight years after initiating the largest procurement BPO engagement in the world, we’re here, we’re successful and it’s working.” Ken Litton, Managing Director, Chief Procurement Officer, Deutsche …

“Let’s Go Shopping:” New Mobility Strategies Entice Consumers Back Into Physical Stores | Article

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

Why go to a store when you can purchase online? Thanks to innovative mobility strategies, consumers will soon have plenty of reasons. Instead of focusing efforts on lackluster mCommerce, retailers are now looking at mobility solutions as a means to enhance their customers’ in-store experiences, drive loyalty and increase per basket sales. “We’re seeing the …

Mobility’s Coming of Age: All Grown Up and Changing Business for the Better | Article

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

Before cloud, mobility was in its infancy—a means of obtaining email, calendar and contacts on the go. People who relied on desktop computers for communication were unchained. For salespeople, this was awesome. But, for the rest of us, the business apps we needed required too much processing power to travel with us. Then, along came …

Business Applications Get the "Cool" Factor | Article

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

Admit it. We all loved getting emails on our Blackberries when mobility first burst on the scene. And back in the day (maybe four years ago), most of us thought of our smartphones as portable computer Mini Me’s, giving us things like mobile banking, mCommerce and a means to book a reservation or check for …

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