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An Outsider’s View: Why Hire an Outsourcing Consultant | Article

James A. Harvey, Partner in the IP & Technology Transactions Group, Alston + Bird LLP

In our capacity as counsel to Global 1000 companies in sourcing transactions, we are frequently asked whether we recommend use of a third-party outsourcing consultant. The answer to that question is generally “Yes, by all means,” especially if the transaction is outside the norm for that entity and entails new components that are beyond the …

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. …

Under the Radar: A Look at the Oft-Overshadowed ITO Trends for 2012 | Article

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

If ITO were a movie, Cloud, analytics and mobility would be the headliners. Although this trendsetting triad is having a dramatic impact on how services are consumed and how companies operate, a number of other significant trends are emerging in the ITO space. This article focuses on those unsung heroes and the impact they’ll have …

Less Haste, More Speed: Improving the ROI on Outsourcing Transactions | Article

Linda Tuck Chapman, President, ONTALA Performance Solutions Ltd.

Despite quantum improvements to outsourcing deals and governance over the past 10 to 15 years, when it comes to achieving outsourcing excellence there’s still plenty of opportunity. Part of the challenge is that once the decision is made to outsource or change providers, the clock starts ticking….fast. It takes real discipline to know when to …

Procurement Outsourcing Is Hot — Even for Hybrid Strategies | Article

Linda Tuck Chapman, President, ONTALA Performance Solutions Ltd.

Procurement outsourcing is the least understood but fastest-growing outsourcing story. The market is heating up and there is a lot to learn. What should you outsource? What should you retain — and why? If you decide to outsource, what should you do internally before outsourcing? How can you implement a hybrid strategy in your procurement …

Forces of Change Shaping Outsourcing Solutions

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Like a pre-storm sky, a look at the investments outsourcing service providers are currently undertaking presents evidence of tremendous change over the next five years. They’re mapping out a new course, and buyers of outsourcing services need to understand where providers are headed so they can make informed decisions. Outsourcing Center asked 12 leading ITO …

Decision-Making Insights for Companies Outsourcing HR Functions | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

HR outsourcing went through a shake-out over the past two years due to the continual issues around scope and other challenges that buyers and service providers encountered over the past decade. The dust has settled from the revamping efforts, but there are new challenges on the horizon. Here’s what your company needs to know for …

New Outsourcing Service: Independent Governance of the Relationship | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

At Outsourcing Center, a frequent comment we hear from buyers of outsourcing services is: “If I had it to do all over again, I would put in place a more effective structure for managing the service provider and the relationship.” The problem is significant enough that it spawns many advice-oriented articles with titles such as: …

15 Years Later, the PwC BPO Team Continues to Shape the BPO Market

Joseph Vales, Senior Partner, Vales Consulting Group

When someone writes the definitive book on the growth of the global outsourcing market, there will be a chapter on how the Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) BPO group shaped and drove the BPO marketplace in the late 1990s. Started in 1996, the PwC BPO group grew to $520 million in annual revenue by the end of …

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.

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