Research & Insight



The Impact of the U.S. Patriot Act on Cloud Data Privacy: The Myths, the Rumors and the Reality

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

There’s a rumor circulating in Europe, igniting fear and paranoia among businesses and consumers alike: Big Brother is alive and well and living in a U.S.-based cloud. That is, cloud data privacy is in jeopardy.  Allow us to explain. Two European companies announced the creation of the first fully European “Database-as-a-Service” cloud offering – one …

Trends in Transportation: Driving Innovation Through Outsourcing

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

Can transportation outsourcing be a catalyst for innovation? The answer is a definite “yes.” Today, transportation organizations are partnering with outsourcers to do more than reduce cost. Transportation outsourcing enables finding creative ways to decrease congestion, improve safety and protect the environment, all while positioning to respond to the needs of a new generation of …

BPO Study’s Surprising Findings on Value and Long-Term Intent in Outsourcing Relationships

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Buyers of outsourced services want their service providers to invest in technologies that bring continual improvement to the outsourced processes. Providers want to invest only where it is also beneficial to their margins in the long run. Therein lies a conflict. Are there reliable predictors of a buyer’s intent for a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship …

Five "Gotchas" When Negotiating an Outsourcing Agreement

David Mitchell, Senior Consultant

While reducing cost is typically the primary benefit of outsourcing, you also want outsourcing agreements that allow you to realize your immediate and long-term delivery needs, provide contract flexibility and ensure that you receive maximum value for the money you will be spending. To meet those objectives, pay careful attention to the five “gotchas” noted …

Lawyer Lists Five Ways RPO Can Minimize Risk and Liability

Michael Marino, HR Consultant

For most companies, the desire to reduce costs or improve efficiencies (or more likely, both) drives the decision to explore Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) options. However, cost and efficacy issues aside, risk management is one of the most important (and perhaps least understood) value-adds of the RPO arrangement, especially when the definition of risk includes …

Decision-Making Insights for Companies Outsourcing HR Functions

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Outsourcing HR 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

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Which industries will experience growth 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 begin …

Seven Action Areas to Strengthen an Outsourcing Relationship

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 relationships, that is, strengthen outsourcing relationships. To identify these relationship-strengthening actions, …

Dataprise Becomes the Outsourced IT Department for Small and Medium Businesses

John Harney, Business Writer

Companies both large and small often choose to outsource their IT departments so they can concentrate on their core businesses. But small and medium businesses (SMBs) have additional challenges. Danya International, a public service company that delivers solutions to government and commercial clients addressing pressing social issues, is a good example. It wanted to focus …

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