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Top Ten Reasons Why Outsourcing Fails | White Paper

Outsourcing Center, Karthik Nagendra, Business Writer

The rich and long history of outsourcing—now around 200 years if you consider outsourcing for agriculture, manufacturing, accounting and now medical opinion—has evolved to be a more complex process over the years. Today’s outsourcing is for tasks that are mission critical for enterprises worldwide. These include outsourcing for high-end tasks such as product design and …

Top 9 Innovation Trends in Outsourcing for 2015

Outsourcing Center, Staff Writer

Robotics, Analytics or Multi-channel enagagement? This report explores the innovative practices businesses are implementing in their outsourcing agreements. It is based on 100 in-depth interviews with senior outsourcing buyers. More than four fifths (83%) of buyers say they have experienced innovation in their outsourcing relationships Nine in ten (92%) say their outsourcing partners want to …

The Transformative Power of 3D Printing

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

It almost seems like something from a science fiction movie; a brainchild of a clever writer or the product of a young child’s fertile imagination. But, 3D printing is very real indeed, with the power to completely transform manufacturing, health care, engineering and retail—from the way parts and products are designed and produced to the …

First Class Outsourcing Lessons from the Third World

Outsourcing Center, Karthik Nagendra, Business Writer

Markets are becoming interconnected. Cloud, virtualization, mobility and social media are changing how people work and interact. These technologies are transforming how goods and services are created and distributed. They are restructuring how manufacturers price their products, what they choose to produce and what they invest in. But the most significant change has become apparent …

Deal Dynamics—Outsourcing Models That Will Thrive | Article

Debbie Fisher, Business Writer, Outsourcing Center

In 1984, Wendy’s coined the slogan “Where’s the beef?” For outsourcers, the answer in 2014 is unanimous—it’s business outcomes. Gone are the days of labor arbitrage. “Technology is changing so fast that the focus is now on outcome-based models where value is driven from measuring business impacts and linked to compensation,” predicts Lalit Dhingra, President …

Open Hybrid Clouds: The Best of Both Worlds

Outsourcing Center, Karthik Nagendra, Business Writer

Everyone loves hybrid models. Who doesn’t want the best of both worlds? IT organizations everywhere crave “a little bit of this and a little bit of that” approach to spread their risk. They want to keep control over infrastructure, business critical apps, data and processes that help preserve IP or enable a competitive edge while …

Get More Bang for Your Buck: Do’s and Don’ts in Formulating Cloud Computing Contracts | Article

Outsourcing Center, Karthik Nagendra, Business Writer

In late September, high-profile cloud storage start up Nirvanix told its customers to stop replicating data on its servers and migrate to other providers like Microsoft Azure, IBM SoftLayer and Amazon S3. For several reasons, Nirvanix, sitting on a tidy $70 million in funding, was shutting down . Users had until October 15 to download …

15 Top ITaaS Do’s and Don’ts for Enterprises | Article

Outsourcing Center, Karthik Nagendra, Business Writer

The IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) model began as a way of provisioning IT services, infrastructure and support for businesses that did not really understand how to create or run IT services. The ITaaS model does this at scale in a cost-effective and predictable manner. Put another way, ITaaS is a pay-as-you-go model aimed at SMBs who want …

Mobile Operators Think Small to Get Bigger Profits | Article

Debbie Fisher, Business Writer, Outsourcing Center

Small cells that is. Whether you’re a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deploying services in urban or rural areas, a city official modernizing your infrastructure to attract and retain citizens, or a high tech start-up looking to join the ecosystem of suppliers emerging to address the ever growing data traffic demands, a small cell solution …

RPO Providers Debunk 14 Outsourcing Myths | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Almost 40 years after Ross Perot launched outsourcing by offering to take over a company’s IT, outsourcing has become an accepted business practice. Yet it’s surprising how much resistance there still is in the market. The Outsourcing Center asked recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and recruitment technology service providers why they believe companies still refuse to …

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