Two current trends driving the growth of business process outsourcing (BPO) are the trend toward outsourcing of packaged software applications and the trend for end-to-end hosting management of those applications. Within BPO’s segment of the outsourcing industry are such critical, non-core functional transactional processes as payroll, payroll tax services, and benefits administration.
IT Infrastructure & Applications
Although information technology did not occupy the place it deserved in party platforms during Australia’s September 1998 election, IT was brought to the public forefront by industry bodies. Australia is currently at a critical juncture of its multi-billion-dollar outsourcing industry, and the general concensus is that reform is needed.
As the outsourcing industry heads into 1999, Richard Raysman, an attorney with the New York firm of Brown Raysman Millstein Felder and Steiner LLP, expects to see not only larger transactions, but an expansion of the services being outsourced.
As the outsourcing industry heads into the final year of the century, growth will be driven by a blending of the traditional and newer segments of the industry, according to Donna Crane, vice president, marketing, Systems and Computer Technology Corp. (SCT).
The recent wave of network outsourcing is causing some business people, and not just techies, to turn their attention to a seldom mentioned aspect of outsourcing — network security.
While the glamorous multi-vendor deals are the ones garnering most of the attention in outsourcing, the real growth in that area will come in the less sophisticated arrangements. That’s the opinion of Bill Martorelli, an industry analyst formerly with Giga Information Group.