American firms continue their rapid expansion of service and product outsourcing. Companies signed major new contracts for information outsourcing alone in 1994 worth $11 billion; in 1995, $20 billion; and in 1996, $33 billion, and all signs point to vigorous growth ahead.
Since the late 1980’s, outsourcing vendors have relied on subcontractors to perform part of the work required in outsourcing relationships. Although customers often assumed that the functions subcontracted were non-critical services, a number of trade press articles a few years ago revealed that the outsourced functions included some that any client would view as potentially at the heart of the relationship.
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.