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Why ConAgra Foods Decided to Outsource HR Analytics After Doing It In house

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

This is the second article in a series on how companies are using Big Data to gain critical business insights. ConAgra Foods, a food maker based in Omaha, Nebraska, started its journey to using predictive analysis in an incremental way. The company, whose brands include Healthy Choice, Banquet, Orville Redenbacher’s, Marie Callender’s and Chef Boyardee, …

Five Reasons Why Non-US Providers Are Beefing Up Their US Centers

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Non-US-based outsourcing service providers are currently beefing up their US operations. A constellation of events are making this beneficial for both outsourcing buyers and providers. “Every provider wants a US presence,” observes Denis Winkler, Director at Alsbridge. “And if they already have a presence, it’s growing.” Some of the factors creating this new geographical attitude …

Latin America Growing As an Outsourcing Market- Especially for Real Estate

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Outsourcing buyers and service providers are now shining a spotlight on Latin America. “It’s been a slow-growing industry over the last 10 years. But interest has picked up in the last year or two,” reports Mark Melas, regional director, Jones Lang LaSalle, a professional services and investment management company offering specialized real estate services, including …

The Two Cups of Coffee Attack and Other Data Security Breaches You May Never Suspect

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

You’ve spent a lot of time securing your company’s data—with firewalls and intrusion detectors, passwords and policies. You’ve invested in vulnerability tests to identify your weakest links and conducted penetration testing to find out if these vulnerabilities could turn into liabilities. But, with all these security precautions in place, one guy, carrying two cups of …

How Big Data is Becoming Predictive, Helping Executives Make Better Decisions | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Businesses have always wanted a crystal ball to predict the future. Now they can almost have one if they combine Big Data, analytic prowess and deep domain and process knowledge. For the first time, analytics is becoming predictive and can help executives make less risky decisions that affect their corporate futures. The key is you …

Mobile Operators Think Small to Get Bigger Profits | Article

Debbie Fisher, Business Writer, Outsourcing Center

Small cells that is. Whether you’re a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deploying services in urban or rural areas, a city official modernizing your infrastructure to attract and retain citizens, or a high tech start-up looking to join the ecosystem of suppliers emerging to address the ever growing data traffic demands, a small cell solution …

Big Data Trends : New Uses, New Challenges, New Solutions | Article

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

It’s hard to find a business enabler that’s evolving as quickly as Big Data analytics. This undisputed darling of the loyalty program and retail world has now infiltrated nearly every industry, from transportation and healthcare to insurance and supply chain management. It’s the catalyst for a new marketing mindset, where targeted offers are not only …

The Flexi-pricing Route to Cloud Innovation | Article

Outsourcing Center, Karthik Nagendra, Business Writer

A wealthy looking woman entered an optician’s shop, pointed to a very stylish frame and declared to the shopkeeper, “I’d like to buy that. How much?” Gauging at a glance her capacity to pay, he replied: “$500.”  When she didn’t bat an eyelid, he added quickly, “for the frame.” “And the glass?” she asked haughtily. …

What to Outsource in the 24×7 Marketing Age | Article

Outsourcing Center, Karthik Nagendra, Business Writer

The digital age has changed customer DNA forever. They have no patience with 9 to 5 and they’re shredding the concept of after-hours and weekends. They have a voice, and that voice demands to be heard whenever, wherever. Working hours, what’s that? Banks—previously such strict observers of “working hours” all over the globe—have risen to …

The Seven Deadly Sins of BPO and How to Avoid Them | Article

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

Business Process Outsourcing (BPO). The concept is relatively simple: instead of hiring employees to handle the necessary but non-core, transaction-based business functions in your company, pass these on to someone else. But, here’s the thing: BPO is not like dropping off your dirty clothes at the dry cleaner and having them magically transform into fresh-pressed …

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