Research & Insight



Combating the “Hidden” Costs of Managing Outsourcing

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 …

How an Offshoring Relationship Grew from a Low-Cost Provider to Strategic Partner

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Barclays Global Retail Bank wanted to consolidate its Indian suppliers. It bought a 50 percent share in Intelenet Global Services to accomplish that. By the time it sold its share, the two had developed such trust the bank allowed Intelenet to handle some processes end to end. That’s when the strategic value occurred.

How Outsourcing Helped a New Company Deal with a Major Challenge

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Talecris was a spin-out. The new company had a drop-dead date to separate its IT systems from its parent. This was a complex challenge with much risk. Three weeks after the cut-off date, Talecris faced a business challenge that easily could have put it out of business. Together the partners weathered the storm.

How Outsourcing IT Applications Helps Working Families in Oklahoma

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services used paper claims to process payment to 4,300 childcare providers who watched 43,000 kids. Some had to wait six weeks to get paid! In addition, childcare claims accounted for 20 percent of the workload but took 80 percent of its time. Fraudulent claims totaled $10 million a year. A ground-breaking IT system the department created with ACS fixed everything.

An Outsourced Way to Move to the Cloud (Almost) Free

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Outsourcing saves buyers money through lower cost. Outsourcing really saves money if the service is free. To allow organizations to take advantage of low-cost IT infrastructure outsourcing, Appistry provides a software solution that helps companies with cloud migration. The company provides its software at no cost to small and medium-sized users. “We wanted to create …

How an Outsourcing Buyer Helped its Service Provider in Haiti after the Earthquake

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Outsourcing is a business transaction. But sometimes outsourcing gets personal. When natural disaster strikes, sometimes the best aid comes from a long-term outsourcing partner. Many times it’s the outsourcing service provider who steps in to help out. (See these Outsourcing Excellence Awards winner stories: ACS and State of Lousianna, Vincent Catholic Medical Centers and Computer …

A.T. Kearney Study Compares U.S. Cities and Latin America for Offshore Outsourcing

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

In addition to great beaches, Latin America is also becoming a popular offshore outsourcing destination. How do Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico compare to Tier 2 cities in the United States? A.T. Kearney’s annual study, while global in scope, attempts to compare them from a regional perspective. The company ranked Brazil the No. …

Clean Technology Provides New Opportunities for Outsourcing Service Providers

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Wipro Academic Thought Spot: A Discussion on Clean Technology with Rafiq Dossani, Senior Research Scholar at the Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University. A Wipro Council for Industry Research Initiative Are there opportunities for outsourcing service providers to create new offerings in clean technology? Rafiq Dossani’s research answers that question. The Senior Research Scholar at the …

In-house Language Skills Enhance Offshore Engagement and Enable Greater Savings

Outsourcing Center, Bruce McCracken, Business Writer

Application development costs and speed to market are critical for a startup with a new concept. Because the founders had to prove the concept, they didn’t want to spend a lot of capital. Hiring U.S. developers was not in the budget. A Chinese service provider got the job done at half the cost.

Application Management Outsourcing Services Provide Bigger Bang for the Buck

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Increased business agility is a big driver of the increase in application management outsourcing (AMO), notes Marc Schwarz, Senior Vice President and leader of the Oracle On Demand business. Businesses want to focus more of their resources on developing new innovations that increase revenue and profits. But he states that reducing business risk is the …

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