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Double Digit Growth for BPO

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

There was a huge up tick in business process outsourcing (BPO) in 2000, says Julie Giera, vice president at Giga, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based research and advisory firm specializing in the technology industry. She attributes BPO’s double digit growth to the popularity of Web-enabled offerings. BPO soared because companies are seeing the benefits of using an application service provider (ASP). Giera defines the ASP model as application rental over the Web.

Time to Renegotiate | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

From 1992 to 1994, many major corporations signed 10-year outsourcing contracts. The end of the tunnel is in sight, but now, the world is much different with the rise of the Internet. Robert Zahler, a partner with Shaw Pittman in Washington, D.C., says many of these buyers are beginning to gear up and decide what to do in this new business environment. They are wrestling with the choice of renegotiating with their current suppliers or putting the contract out for a competitive bid…

What Does an ASP Do? Let Me Count The Ways | Article

Jessica Goepfert of IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) in Framingham, Massachusetts completed a year-end study to determine the breadth of knowledge about application service providers. Half the executives interviewed had heard of the term ASP but only 6 percent had a detailed knowledge of what an application service provider does, reports Jessica Goepfert, senior ASP analyst for IDC.

Producing The Nation’s Paychecks On Time | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

If you are a salaried employee in the Netherlands, there’s a 50-50 chance that Pink Roccade produces your paycheck. If we are one day late, there’s a big economic problem, says Hans Kateman, communication manager for Pink Roccade, an IT outsourcing supplier in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.

Balancing Trust and Accountability | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Trust plays a crucial role in government outsourcing. Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation says that the less tangible things are, the more important trust is. In outsourced infrastructure projects, trust is less important. A project to construct a bridge, for example, is tangible in that you test to establish whether it was built soundly. But in a contract for such services as child adoption placement, managing a prison or welfare benefits, the outcomes are open-ended. Much of what the government wants to happen is well defined and measurable, but a lot of it is not. That type of circumstance will require trusting the vendor a great deal…

Hatching An Application | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Outsourcing may turn out to be the golden egg for Commtouch. Since every youth in Israel must serve in the Army, which relies on sophisticated military intelligence and technology to survive, Israel has a wealth of technically skilled young people.

An Outsourcing Mutual Admiration Society | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Joe Szmadzinski is a connoisseur of outsourcing contracts. Szmadzinski has negotiated and lived through 25 outsourcing contracts in the last three years as president of System Advisory Group in Southfield, Michigan, a firm that provides interim CIOs for major corporations like Budget Rent A Car….. (outsourcing)

The New BPO Mantra: Get In, Get Out

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Swart, the president of Intell-a-Pro, Inc., a business process outsourcing (BPO) firm based in Amelia, Ohio, feels tools now becoming available on the Net will allow companies to reduce labor intensive areas in their business processes…

The Long Arm of the Law | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Ecommerce between customer and buyer can be tricky. But the degree of difficulty increases when those two partners reside in different countries. If there’s an ocean of difference between the laws of the two nations, the transaction must adhere to the stricter set of regulations…..

Web Watch Dogs | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

It’s 4 a.m. Do you know if your Web site’s working? If the Web site resides on a NaviSite server, you can leave the worrying to them. If one of its experienced trouble-shooters notices that something is not quite right with a Web server, the employee explores the problem and fixes it before it affects Web performance…. (outsourcing)

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