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Risks and Complexities in Outsourcing Decisions in the Midmarket | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

For the most part, industry experts say the midmarket is poised for significant growth in outsourcing during the next five years. However, some point out that the nature of midsized companies may hinder growth. Outsourcing Center interviewed providers and advisors serving the midmarket regarding upcoming changes in this market and the risks and challenges that …

Decision-Making Insights for Companies Outsourcing HR Functions | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

HR outsourcing went through a shake-out over the past two years due to the continual issues around scope and other challenges that buyers and service providers encountered over the past decade. The dust has settled from the revamping efforts, but there are new challenges on the horizon. Here’s what your company needs to know for …

Hot Spots for Growth in Outsourcing | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Which industries will experience a surge in outsourcing in the next few years, and what risks will buyers of those services face? Are there business processes or functions that will begin turning to outsourcing in the next two to five years? What value opportunities and risks will they bring? In what geographic regions will companies …

Seven Action Areas to Strengthen an Outsourcing Relationship | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

An outsourcing provider’s quality of services and the achievement of the agreed-upon mutually beneficial objectives are essential to success. But there are additional actions that service providers and buyers can take to boost the return on investment and increase the life expectancy of their relationship. To identify these relationship-strengthening actions, Outsourcing Center conducted a survey …

Four Tips for Effective Management of the Outsourcing Transition

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

The possible perils that can impact the success of an outsourcing relationship‘s transition phase are well known. These days, most buyers are as aware as service providers of the need for a robust governance framework that facilitates the parties’ identification of challenges and working collaboratively to address them quickly. Most have also read tales of …

15 Years Later, the PwC BPO Team Continues to Shape the BPO Market

Joseph Vales, Senior Partner, Vales Consulting Group

When someone writes the definitive book on the growth of the global outsourcing market, there will be a chapter on how the Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) BPO group shaped and drove the BPO marketplace in the late 1990s. Started in 1996, the PwC BPO group grew to $520 million in annual revenue by the end of …

Combating the “Hidden” Costs of Managing Outsourcing | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Industry media, especially over the past two years, often points out that a significantly high number of outsourcing arrangements do not deliver the promised cost savings due to “hidden” costs associated with managing the relationship. This is especially true, the reports state, in outsourcing relationships with an offshore delivery component, where administrative costs increase due …

Crucial Moments in Outsourcing Relationships | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

After buyers and service providers begin working together, they find aspects about each other and the relationship they hadn’t anticipated and planned for or issues about which they had mistaken assumptions. Outsourcing Center surveyed 64 buyers on what caused those issues and how to successfully address them.

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