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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.

Ingredients for a Successful Alliance | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Outsourcing relationships work well when each company is able to focus on its core competency. The outcome is even more successful when each firm is a leader in its field. This relationship displays the powerful results when a buyer leverages the best-in-class expertise of a supplier. It is an enlightening case study in how companies should outsource their telecommunication.

Internet Enhances Outsourcing | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Outsourcing continues to grow and accelerate, and the benefits and human resources (HR) area is predicted to enjoy a large growth rate in 2000. Bryan Dole, business leader, benefit administration operations for Hewitt Associates, says the most significant development for outsourcing in general, as well as HR and benefits outsourcing, will be greater utilization of the Internet…

Launching a Center of Competence | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Outsourcing–In existence for more than 175 years, the Bank of Montreal, a large, complex organization with a branch network of approximately 1,000 locations, had determined by the mid 1990s that it needed to reinvent the way it did business. The financial services landscape evolves very quickly, explains Linda Tuck Chapman, director of services in Strategic Sourcing…

Profile of a Startup | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

The objective of the new outsourcer, Exult, is a truly colossal undertaking. Founded in November 1998, the company aims to become the entire human resources (HR) department for all the Global 500 companies. Typically, each of those companies currently has 200-500 people working in their HR departments.

Moving Into the Neighborhood | Article

Bill Deckelman

Without a doubt, the enormous growth in the outsourcing industry spells o-p-p-o-r-t-u-n-i-t-y for a company that can offer service expertise and economies of scale. But just recognizing the opportunity and hanging out a shingle is not enough.

New Dairy Product Enters Asia-Pacific Market | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

A Scottish surgeon had a vision of being able to improve the health of people in Hong Kong by supplying them with cows’ milk kept free from contamination. To that end, in 1886, he and five Hong Kong businessmen incorporated Dairy Farm and imported a herd of dairy cattle in order to lower the price of milk, thereby increasing profits for company shareholders..

Supplier’s Services Silhouette BPO Trends | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Two current trends driving the growth of business process outsourcing (BPO) are the trend toward outsourcing of packaged software applications and the trend for end-to-end hosting management of those applications. Within BPO’s segment of the outsourcing industry are such critical, non-core functional transactional processes as payroll, payroll tax services, and benefits administration.

International Outsourcing: The Legal View of What’s Different | Article

Bill Bierce

International outsourcing involves complexity and risks not found in typical domestic outsourcing. These risks are cultural, political, financial, technological, managerial and legal. Ultimately, these multiple international risks show up in the process of drafting, negotiating and enforcing the contract. Freedom of contract varies according to the governing laws and attacking the legal issues requires initiatives from the beginning.

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