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Business Challenge

No Seams | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Industry studies reveal that most customers who become dissatisfied select another provider, rather than return the functions in-house. Stephen Fordham, Senior Director of Employee Care at Convergys Corporation.

The Consolidation of Vendor Relationships | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Although he sees few mega-deals on the outsourcing horizon for 1999, Robert E. Zahler, a partner in the law firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts and Trowbridge, does predict a streamlining of outsourcing relationships.

Extending the Reach of Outsourcing | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

As the outsourcing industry heads into 1999, Richard Raysman, an attorney with the New York firm of Brown Raysman Millstein Felder and Steiner LLP, expects to see not only larger transactions, but an expansion of the services being outsourced.

The Tactics of Transformation | Article

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.

Renewed Focus on Financial Performance | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

As the outsourcing industry heads into the final year of the century, growth will be driven by a blending of the traditional and newer segments of the industry, according to Donna Crane, vice president, marketing, Systems and Computer Technology Corp. (SCT).

EURO: Ready or Not, Here It Comes | Article

Richard Lister

On January 1, 1999, eleven member countries of the European Union (EU) will adopt the Euro as their common currency. This move has complex implications for outsourcing in Europe. It will affect existing and new contracts and, more fundamentally, have an impact on the market structure.

The Many Sides of a Re-Do | Article

Bill Deckelman

Outsourcing’s maturation as an industry has created a substantial body of experience in ‘renegotiating’ and ‘restructuring’ outsourcing contracts. Today, these transactions — sometimes referred to as re-do — are more the rule than the exception.

Lateral Leadership For Organizations That Are Outsourcing | Article

Michael Useem, Professor of Management and Director Center for Leadership and Change Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

American firms continue their rapid expansion of service and product outsourcing. Companies signed major new contracts for information outsourcing alone in 1994 worth $11 billion; in 1995, $20 billion; and in 1996, $33 billion, and all signs point to vigorous growth ahead.

The Meat and Potatoes of Multi-Vendors | Article

Bill Martorelli

While the glamorous multi-vendor deals are the ones garnering most of the attention in outsourcing, the real growth in that area will come in the less sophisticated arrangements. That’s the opinion of Bill Martorelli, an industry analyst formerly with Giga Information Group.

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