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Trends in Transportation: Driving Innovation Through Outsourcing | Article

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

Can outsourcing be a catalyst for innovation? In the case of the transportation industry, the answer is a definite “yes.” Today, transportation organizations are partnering with outsourcers to do more than reduce cost. Together, they’re finding creative ways to decrease congestion, improve safety and protect the environment, all while positioning to respond to the needs …

Ten Pitfalls in Outsourcing Transitions | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

There’s no shortage of methodologies and advisories on best practices and risk mitigation strategies for the transition phase of outsourcing relationships. Even so, many buyers encounter situations they didn’t foresee when structuring their arrangement, which cause costs to rise and delay time to value. Outsourcing Center studied these types of situations by surveying companies nominated …

Seven Examples of Resolving Financial Conflicts between Buyers and Providers of Outsourced Services | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

At the point where outsourcing service providers or their customers have a conflict that will result in a monetary loss to either party, they’re walking a fine line. If they manage to resolve the issue with a mutually beneficial solution, their relationship will be even stronger than before the conflict. If not, the party that …

Outsourcing Service Providers Craft FAO Offerings for the Midmarket Keen on Cost Savings | Article

Outsourcing Center, Bruce McCracken, Business Writer

Improving Processes, Going Offshore Best Ways to Reduce G&A Costs Outsourcing service providers servicing the midmarket (defined here as companies with $1billion to $3 billion in annual revenues) face challenges that differ from working with large corporate buyers. How do they provide the same type of services as they do for enterprises and stay profitable, …

Leveraging Agile’s Skills to Create Successful ADM Outsourcing | Article

Brandi Moore, Business Writer

Jim Chiang, CEO of NeoContext, an Agile consultancy, says, “One of the biggest hurdles in outsourcing is getting over the collaboration hump. It’s too easy to put together a project plan and send it over the fence for implementation. We all know this is a preferred strategy, but it doesn’t work.” So how do applications …

Business Process as a Service – The Next Wave of BPO Delivery | Article

Outsourcing Center, Bruce McCracken, Business Writer

Business process as a service (BPaaS) is emerging to be a BPO game-changer reminiscent of Software as a Service (SaaS) a decade ago. Specifically, BPaaS is adding arrows to organizations’ outsourcing quiver in how they approach their finance and accounting and other back-office functions. “Businesses that leverage traditional outsourcing deals are looking to move off …

Start-up Healthcare Company Overcomes Risks and Captures Success in Outsourced R&D | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Innovation is the lifeblood of entrepreneurial companies such as Inherited Health™, an online resource for information about health risks, but it’s also imperative that such companies deliver new products to the market in a short time frame and at the lowest cost. Those were the business challenges – along with having only a handful of …

Upcoming Changes Point to Need for Buyers of Outsourcing Services to Alter their Way of Thinking | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Outsourcing Center asked leading outsourcing service providers about their predictions as to the biggest changes that will impact outsourcing buyers over the next five years. Their answers clearly point to a need for buyers to alter their thinking about how, when, and why they engage with providers of outsourced services. Extreme performance requires elasticity Joanne …

Eight Biggest Areas of Risk for Buyers of Outsourcing Services | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

New delivery models, new pricing models, service providers’ new marketing strategies, moving up the value chain to intellectual arbitrage, new technologies, real-time customer interaction, globalization, and new standards and regulations – these factors set the stage for risks for buyers of outsourcing services in the next two to five years. (Read Forces of Change Shaping …

The Big Challenge that Will Reshape Outsourcing from | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

With industry experts predicting such a high degree of change in outsourcing over the next five years, Outsourcing Center asked Peter Bendor-Samuel, an industry pioneer and thought leader, for insights and predictions as to exactly where the industry is headed and what’s driving that movement. Bendor-Samuel, CEO and Founder of Everest Group, an advisory firm …

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