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CRM & Call Center

The Next Generation Shared Services through BPO

Dennis Winkler, Director, Jim Matthews, Managing Consultant, Alsbridge

Executives are all asking similar questions of their shared service organizations (SSO): “How do I get to the next level of shared services and realize more value?” “How do I change my SSO model to expand services and go global?” “How do I drive continuous process improvement initiatives?” “How do I deal with social media …

Mobility Shifting the Wave from Brand-centric to Customer-centric Retailing

Outsourcing Center, Karthik Nagendra, Business Writer

Two things are of key importance in the retail industry today: margins and customer loyalty. While better sourcing, operational efficiencies and market penetration can check margins, the answers to improving loyalty or even maintaining them are complex. Retailers are increasingly being forced towards tactical solutions, rewarding customers with “money-off” deals. Much of the concept of …

The Retail Revolution: Big Changes in Store

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

The past few years have not been kind to the retail industry. 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 …

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

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

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 …

Midsized Firms Benefit from Outsourcing

J Ben Trowbridge

Midsized businesses frequently have the same challenges that larger organizations have. At some point, they have to standardize their internal services, like HR, in order to scale or control costs. Enter outsourcing benefits. Outsourcing the build and then taking it back after some time (Build Operate & Transfer) or by outsourcing the operations in an …

How an Offshoring Relationship Grew from a Low-Cost Provider to Strategic Partner

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Barclays Global Retail Bank wanted to consolidate its Indian suppliers. It bought a 50 percent share in Intelenet Global Services to accomplish that. By the time it sold its share, the two had developed such trust the bank allowed Intelenet to handle some processes end to end. That’s when the strategic value occurred.

How Outsourcing Transformed a Hotel Operator into a Services Company

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

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.

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