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Energy & Utilities

IT Vendor as Change Agent | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Buyers are interested in transformation, says Joe Ragusa, vice president, Transformational Outsourcing for IBM Global Services, based in Somers, New York. They see outsourcing vendors as change agents who can provide the skills, processes and technology they need to enter the brave new economy. IT is enabling, adds Ragusa. The Web has created some strange bedfellows. Heated competitors are now working together in business-to-business (B2B) exchanges…

Sorting Through the Rubble | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

New vendors around every corner. Mega deals. Dead dotcoms. And even some fallout from Y2K. They littered the year 2000 battlegrounds in the outsourcing arena. Gartner Dataquest’s Bruce Caldwell, senior analyst-outsourcing, recently completed reports and forecasts from his company’s surveys of end user wants and needs in the world of IT. He says the turmoil in the IT services marketplace this past year was a factor in a dip in the IT services revenue that had been forecasted for 2000.

An Insider’s View of the Future for ASPs | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Application Service Providers (ASPs) attracted more attention than anything else in outsourcing in 2000. Kirk Krappe, senior vice president of products and markets for Corio, Inc., one of the industry’s pioneers and leading ASPs, predicts even more incredible growth in this arena for 2001.(outsourcing, asp)

Technology Expedites Refund Process | Article

Linda Bryza

Access specializes in marketing telecommunication audits to medium to large national businesses and government entities. The company also offers utility and energy services targeted to a California base. Access is the exclusive representative for nationally recognized companies in each of these fields. The simplicity and value of outsourcing an audit – the prospect of saving 10-30% on a company’s telecommunication costs with no upfront fees and minimal staff time involvement, make going forward with one an easy decision…

Watertight Plan | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Plainfield’s Town Council decided to use Competitive Government Strategies, Inc. as its consultant for the procurement process. They had seen its president’s success when he had implemented in earlier years the privatization of the operation and maintenance of the Indianapolis sewer utility and the utility billings. Plainfield wanted to take a similar approach…

An Outsourcing Relationship In Motion | Article

Raymond Angus

In the everyday world of Ecommerce, selective awareness can be a disconcerting challenge to businesses presenting themselves, or their wares, via a website on the Internet. BUT…the truth of it is, this affords any company the opportunity to distance itself from the legions of other sites on the Internet! This is the belief of Jon Pierre Francia, CEO of Mov’n Pictures, Inc. based in Pleasant Grove, Utah. His company (MPI) specializes in animation, film and video for a client list that includes some of the largest advertising agencies in the world…

Shared Services Secure Significant Savings | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

When does a win-win outsourcing relationship become a win-win-win outsourcing relationship? Answer: when buyers outsource a process to a shared services center. So says Robert Brown, a senior analyst, Outsourcing Services, Europe, for Gartner DataQuest.

Of Equal Stature | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

BPAmoco is one of the world’s leading providers of energy and petrochemicals. As the third largest integrated oil company in the world, it enjoys considerable reach and scale. BPAmoco recognized that its core skills revolve around the products that it markets to its customers. Its accounting and transaction functions are not part of that core. We can certainly get comfortable with a third-party providing that service, allowing us to focus our attention on those things that we are good at and need to be good at, suggests David Hulf, CFO of BPAmoco Oil Europe. But only an outsourcer of equal stature would be able to supply BPAmoco’s needs.

A Nudge in the Stomach | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

It is an apt characterization that may be applied to the steep dilemmas that currently snag the efforts of the US federal government to increasingly implement competitive sourcing and privatization of public sector activities..

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