Research & Insight



How Two Partners Made the Largest Pan-European Finance and Accounting Engagement Work

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Unilever Europe has 80 factories in 24 countries. The division used 18 ERP systems and hundreds of different finance processes, which led to high costs and varying reliability. IBM turned the organization upside down. This contract is groundbreaking in the FAO BPO sector in Europe in both size and scope.

New Impacts on Outsourcing

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

New influences on outsourcing in 2009 include such factors as SOA, green IT, and the convergence of technology and business processes. Each will impact the value proposition and decision making. Here are the insights that will help to prepare your company for these impacts.

Source One Provides End-to-End and On-Demand Strategic Sourcing Solution for Mid-market Companies

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Mid-size companies are limited in their ability to drive continuous improvements in cost and performance for strategic sourcing of goods and materials. And it’s too costly for companies to maintain domain expertise in every category of spend and keep up with current market in each area. Outsourcing to Source One solves these problems, and a contingency-based model for pricing based on a percentage of savings achieved provides even more value.

Cost Savings, SLAs, and Supplier Selection Criteria Benchmarks from 2007 Outsourcing Excellence Awards

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Outsourcing Center’s study of 86 relationships participating in the 2007 Outsourcing Excellence Awards program revealed several significant benchmarks. A major finding: buyers felt cultural fit and a partnering relationship approach were a major key to success; they used them as supplier-selection criteria more than in the past decade of the awards relationships.

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