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Business Applications Get the "Cool" Factor | Article

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

Admit it. We all loved getting emails on our Blackberries when mobility first burst on the scene. And back in the day (maybe four years ago), most of us thought of our smartphones as portable computer Mini Me’s, giving us things like mobile banking, mCommerce and a means to book a reservation or check for …

A Merger, a Consolidation and a Transformation: The Critical First Steps

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

16th Annual Outsourcing Excellence Awards – Best ITO: Towers Watson and Dell Services  “The biggest mistake companies make is picking a provider and then treating them like a vendor. You can hire the best company in the world, but if you don’t work with that provider as a team, you are going to fail.”John Dabek, …

Automation: the Key to a Successful Dynamic Enterprise in the "Now Economy" | Article

Simon Shah, Redwood

Today’s business enterprise is in a state of continuous change—the pressure to optimize performance while lowering costs is enormous. The real-time expectations of the ‘now’ economy is no longer limited to manufacturing and shipping but is driven by information services, an increasingly mobile workforce and time-sensitive legislation. This means that quick response, transparency and real-time …

Paradise by the Dashboard Lights | White Paper

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

Fast access to meaningful, real-time information is critical to running a successful business, but today’s CEO dashboards fall short. Most are generic, out-of-the-box solutions, created by vendors who don’t understand the companies’ businesses or the type of information each specific CEO really needs. In a world where consumers can get personalized information pushed to their …

Study: U.S. Companies Prefer “Farshore” to Nearshore Outsourcing, Send Higher Value Work Abroad | Article

Outsourcing Center, Samuel Crow, Senior Business Writer

For all the talk of the new allure of nearshore or even stateside outsourcing, most U.S. companies today still prefer to base their service operations half a world away, according to researchers at the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and the International Offshoring Research Network’s (ORN) Project at Duke University’s Fuqua School …

Keeping it Simple: The New Model for IT Service Management | White Paper

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

Today’s IT infrastructure has a lot of moving parts. There have always been the servers, network, security concerns and desktops to deal with – along with standard and custom applications. Enter cloud, virtualization and mobility, and that complexity moves to a whole new level. In addition to desktops, IT personnel have to find a way …

When Should You Begin to Prepare for the End of an Outsourcing Contract? | Article

Robert Joslin, Managing Director, Alsbridge

Hint: 12 Months Out is TOO Late When should you start working on your next outsourcing contract? Many organizations do not address the end of a contract until the last year of its term. The notification period in the contract, typically six t-to12 months, usually triggers this discussion. However I believe this is a mistake. …

CyberSecurity Professionals and Compliance Officers at Odds Over Cloud Security | Article

Outsourcing Center, Staff Writer

Enterprise IT and compliance groups agree on one thing for certain: their cloud environments could use some work on the security front. Less than half of the 1,018 IT security practitioners and enterprise compliance officers surveyed by the Ponemon Institute, which conducts independent research on privacy, data protection and information security policy, believe their organizations …

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 …

Keeping Your Head in the Clouds: Creating an Effective Cloud Strategy | Article

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

If you were ranking the most talked-about topics of 2011, Cloud Computing would probably fall somewhere in between Charlie Sheen and the Royal Wedding. But, in most cases, that talk hasn’t translated into a groundswell of action. According to a recent Alsbridge eSeminar survey, one of the stumbling blocks appears to be the initial planning …

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