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The Retail Revolution: Big Changes in Store for 2012 | Article

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

The past few years have not been kind to retailers. Sluggish economies, shrinking margins and a more cost-conscious consumer have taken their proverbial toll. “We’ve seen retail sales increase by 5 percent to 6 percent, yet profits declined from 3.5 percent to 2 percent.  So, even though stores are selling more, they’re making less,” explained …

Managing Enterprise Mobility in a Bring-Your-Own-Device World: Trends, Challenges and the Role of Outsourcing | Article

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

It is the era of the 24/7 employee – but no one seems to be complaining. Cloud computing, collaboration convergence and the need for access-on-the-go have driven a surge in mobility technologies. Instead of wanting to “get away from it all,” people want to take it all with them – accessible through the lightweight devices …

Small U.S.-Based Finance and Accounting Outsourcer Delivers Value of Large Providers | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

The bulk of most companies’ operational costs are in manpower, says Ragu Bhargava, CEO of Global Upside, Inc., a finance and accounting (F&A) service provider. That’s one of the reasons companies in all industries are increasingly bucking the long-held practice of retaining full-time F&A staff in house. Mountain View, Calif,-based Global Upside, Inc. provides services …

Four Tips for Effective Management of the Outsourcing Transition

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

The possible perils that can impact the success of an outsourcing relationship‘s transition phase are well known. These days, most buyers are as aware as service providers of the need for a robust governance framework that facilitates the parties’ identification of challenges and working collaboratively to address them quickly. Most have also read tales of …

How Outsourcing Transformed a Hotel Operator into a Services Company | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

When this outsourcing relationship started, Grupo Posadas was a hospitality provider in Latin America. Today, it has transformed itself into a services company with multiple revenue streams in a variety of vertical markets. Grupo Posadas formed four new companies based on the platform it created with Oracle On Demand.

Parature Becomes the First CRM Service Provider to Offer a Facebook App | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Parature, a SaaS provider in the customer relationship management space, has collaborated with Facebook to develop a new application specifically for the site. It allows users to engage with customers directly on the Facebook page and creates the ability to provide direct support from the Facebook wall. Here’s how it works.

How Buyers Can Avoid a Big Outsourcing Pitfall | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

An Outsourcing Center study found that a lot of outsourcing buyers have relationship managers with no prior experience or training in how to manage the relationship. This article describes why this occurs and the challenges that result from this phenomenon.

Social Media and Its New Role in Business | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Rahul Koul, Manager, Strategic Marketing, Wipro Kathik Nagendra, Manager, Wipro, Council for Industry Research Wipro Voice: A Conversation with Rahul Koul, Manager, Strategic Marketing, and Kathik Nagendra, Manager, Wipro Council for Industry Research It’s cheaper. It’s more effective. Its reach is virtually boundless. And it’s all in one place. “Social networking and new media are …

Study Shows Outsourcing Best Practices are Changing | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

In outsourcing, “best practices” are a method, procedure, activity, technique, or process known to produce desired outcomes. Who deems them to be the “best?” Often, it’s an industry or association regulation or recommendation. Sometimes, it’s an expert opinion such as those from an analyst or consulting firm; at other times, it’s a service provider or …

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