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Five Reasons Why Non-US Providers Are Beefing Up Their US Centers

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Non-US-based outsourcing service providers are currently beefing up their US operations. A constellation of events are making this beneficial for both outsourcing buyers and providers. “Every provider wants a US presence,” observes Denis Winkler, Director at Alsbridge. “And if they already have a presence, it’s growing.” Some of the factors creating this new geographical attitude …

Mobile Operators Think Small to Get Bigger Profits

Debbie Fisher, Business Writer, Outsourcing Center

A small cell solution, that is. Whether you’re a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deploying services in urban or rural areas, a city official modernizing your infrastructure to attract and retain citizens, or a high tech start-up looking to join the ecosystem of suppliers emerging to address the ever growing data traffic demands, a small …

Fabric Data Centers: The End of Complex, Expensive and Inefficient Infrastructure

Outsourcing Center, Karthik Nagendra, Business Writer

What’s new in the data center? Last year, the buzz was around “fabric data centers” as organizations began to worry about costs. Did it make sense to have dedicated and expensive network, computing and storage resources around applications even if the IT infrastructure was outsourced? Could IT infrastructure costs be brought down? CIOs were under …

“Let’s Go Shopping:” New Mobility Strategies Entice Consumers Back Into Physical Stores

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

Why go to a store when you can purchase online? Thanks to innovative mobility strategies, consumers will soon have plenty of reasons. Instead of focusing efforts on lackluster mCommerce, retailers are now looking at mobility solutions as a means to enhance their customers’ in-store experiences, drive loyalty and increase per basket sales. “We’re seeing the …

The Retail Revolution: Big Changes in Store

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

The past few years have not been kind to the retail industry. Sluggish economies, shrinking margins and a more cost-conscious consumer have taken their proverbial toll. “We’ve seen retail sales increase by 5 percent to 6 percent, yet profits declined from 3.5 percent to 2 percent.  So, even though stores are selling more, they’re making …

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

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 process 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 …

Valuing Terms in Outsourcing Contracts

Brad L. Peterson, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

If you are an outsourcing customer, outsourcing contracts are like a three-legged stool. Their value depends on what you agree to buy, what you agree to pay and the terms. Although the agreement and the other contract terms are often extensive, outsourcing customers often underestimate, or even overlook, the value in contract terms. Why Focus …

What Happens When the Outsourcing Business Case Stops Working?

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Organizations that turn to outsourcing to achieve their business objectives first develop a business case that includes such components as cost savings and avoidance objectives, business value benefits, and risk assessment of potential negative impacts. But what happens when the initial business case stops working because of unanticipated impacts? Both a Deloitte Consulting study and …

Procurement Outsourcing Is Hot — Even for Hybrid Strategies

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 …

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