In the world of travel reservations bookings, no name is better known than Sabre. It processes 40% of all reservations made in the world and links travelers to travel suppliers through more than 210,000 computers at travel agencies, airports and businesses. Nearly every airline in the world relies on outsourcing solutions and services from Sabre.
Manufacturing & Hi-tech
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..
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and BP Amoco (BPA) have embarked on a significant outsourcing collaboration that has the potential of being a watershed event.
Purchasing and supply management affect much more than material and service flow, and current trends cast their role and importance in sharper focus than ever.
During an outsourcing agreement the vendor becomes polluted with what is considered to be very proprietary intellectual property, says Gene Slowinski, director of strategic alliance research at the graduate school of management at Rutgers University. When a vendor works with a customer in an outsourcing relationship, the customer tells the supplier many things that are protected by patent, information protected by trade secrets, and vital company knowledge that is retained by the employees within the corporation. The customer and its new business partner the vendor must discuss these issues or it can be very damaging to both sides.
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.
Although information technology did not occupy the place it deserved in party platforms during Australia’s September 1998 election, IT was brought to the public forefront by industry bodies. Australia is currently at a critical juncture of its multi-billion-dollar outsourcing industry, and the general concensus is that reform is needed.
More and more, companies enter into outsourcing agreements as a strategy to remain competitive. But rapid technological advancements change the competition; hence, an essential element of an outsourcing agreement must be flexibility. G2R, which specializes in providing research and management consulting, assists end users and vendors in constructing effective sourcing agreements.
Industry studies reveal that most customers who become dissatisfied select another provider, rather than return the functions in-house. Stephen Fordham, Senior Director of Employee Care at Convergys Corporation.