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When the Government Comes Calling

Raymond Angus

This question is important to the solvency of any organization, but it is crucial to those companies doing business with the federal government, says George Phares, President of Strategic Direction Resource, Inc. For seven years, Phares’ company, based in Houston, Texas; has specialized in auditing human resources for federal contractors. Why, you may ask, do human resources need auditing? Because once a year, each federal contractor is required to file a compliance report with the government…

The Importance of Infrastructure: When Going Down Can Mean Going Under

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Internet businesses depend on their Web sites being available when their customers are. Downtime is expensive because a customer that clicks away can be lost forever. When a Web site is down, an ecommerce company loses revenue, brand recognition and customers, notes Tom Jones, CEO of StrataSource, a Fremont, California BPO provider…

ERP Ties All Systems Together

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

The two Brits were lured by the siren call of the constant sunshine. Bahad and his partner started Dataforce Corporation in 1993 as a marketing vehicle for their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) consultancy…

Lowering the Cost of People

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Initially, the e-commerce world was peopleless; there was a manufacturer and a consumer and almost no one in-between. Ironically, it is becoming clear that what is going to separate successful companies from unsuccessful ones in the evolving e-commerce world will be people. Outsourcing makes this possible.

Counting on Communication

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

From the Editor: Outsourcing drove down costs for Hallmark, which was the original intention. At the same time, outsourcing allowed Hallmark to sustain its high quality of customer service and satisfaction. Moreover, it’s interesting to see how this relationship grew and prospered over the years. Building on these strengths, the buyer continues to add more and different services to the contract…

Launching a Center of Competence

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Outsourcing–In existence for more than 175 years, the Bank of Montreal, a large, complex organization with a branch network of approximately 1,000 locations, had determined by the mid 1990s that it needed to reinvent the way it did business. The financial services landscape evolves very quickly, explains Linda Tuck Chapman, director of services in Strategic Sourcing…

The Tactics of Transformation

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.

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