Research & Insight


Flooded with Possibilities

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

No doubt, you’ve seen the ads with the cupped hands ready to cradle your life. With the accompanying slogan, You’re in good hands with Allstate, one would naturally assume that customer satisfaction is a high priority with this insurance company. When it comes to outsourcing, though, you can bet that Allstate is in the good hands of its supplier, EDS. Larry Moser, Senior Marketing Manager at Allstate and Product Manager for its flood and mobile home lines, recalls that a decision was made in 1986 that Allstate would join the Write Your Own Flood Insurance Program. He says the company subsequently looked at its processing operation and realized that writing flood was a lot different from its other lines (auto, life, property) and decided to explore what opportunities there might be for the processing of the flood business.

On a Higher Plane

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Business-to-business e-commerce (B2B) completely changes the way business is conducted. Innovation is now the name of the game. The infrastructure of the Internet is an unmatched forceful tool, and today’s forward-looking companies are finding a myriad of ways to use it. Entire industries are moving up to a higher plane-a level of operations and processes for ultimate success, based on the collaboration and sharing of knowledge made possible by technology and B2B alliances…

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.

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