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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, …

Advice for Outsourcing Buyers in Setting Expectations Around Future Service

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

“What was horrible about our outsourcing relationship in the beginning is that our expectations were unclear. That’s a horrible formula for success.” The person stating this assessment described a troubled – but remediated and turned-around – relationship that Outsourcing Center studied in its annual Outsourcing Excellence and Sourcing Awards program. It led to this post …

Midsized Firms Benefit from Outsourcing

J Ben Trowbridge

Midsized businesses frequently have the same challenges that larger organizations have. At some point, they have to standardize their internal services, like HR, in order to scale or control costs. Enter outsourcing benefits. Outsourcing the build and then taking it back after some time (Build Operate & Transfer) or by outsourcing the operations in an …

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 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 a Well-Planned Outsourcing Transition Weathered a Changing Economy and Vendor Challenges

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

There are always unanticipated challenges in even the most well-thought-out transition. This relationship faced two major ones. First, a software vendor tried to extract $300,000 from Dell Services by forcing it to pay a licensing fee. Then, the global recession changed everything. The successful solutions were a harbinger of good things to come.

Parature Becomes the First CRM Service Provider to Offer a Facebook App

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Parature, a SaaS provider in the customer relationship management space, has collaborated with Facebook to develop a new application specifically for the site. It allows users to engage with customers directly on the Facebook page and creates the ability to provide direct support from the Facebook wall. Here’s how it works.

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