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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 …

Top Five Reasons for IT Directors to Outsource IT Services | Article

Mark Walker, Business Development Director, Ubertas

Fear of surrendering control is probably the main factor holding many IT directors back from realizing the benefits of outsourcing IT services. But if you can find an IT services supplier who will work with you in a genuine partnership, understanding the specific needs of your business, it soon becomes clear that this fear is …

Big Data Trends : New Uses, New Challenges, New Solutions | Article

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

It’s hard to find a business enabler that’s evolving as quickly as Big Data analytics. This undisputed darling of the loyalty program and retail world has now infiltrated nearly every industry, from transportation and healthcare to insurance and supply chain management. It’s the catalyst for a new marketing mindset, where targeted offers are not only …

The Flexi-pricing Route to Cloud Innovation | Article

Outsourcing Center, Karthik Nagendra, Business Writer

A wealthy looking woman entered an optician’s shop, pointed to a very stylish frame and declared to the shopkeeper, “I’d like to buy that. How much?” Gauging at a glance her capacity to pay, he replied: “$500.”  When she didn’t bat an eyelid, he added quickly, “for the frame.” “And the glass?” she asked haughtily. …

How Analysis Can Make Sense of the Flood of Data to Create a Competitive Edge | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Five years ago the big industry buzz was about analytics. The excitement it generated at the time matched the arrival of another hot new technology: the first iPhone (June 27, 2007 in case you forgot!) Did the reality match the hype? (Analytics not iPhone.) Today an analytics component has become table stakes in most outsourcing pursuits, …

The F&A Forecast: 14 Challenges and Six Solutions | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

The finance and accounting function, along with HR, have traditionally been the BPO processes that companies testing the waters of outsourcing get wet with first. Today “transactional outsourcing has been leveled to a simple commodity,” says Michael J. Alfonsi, Managing Director, BancTec Financial Transaction Services. So what are FAO’s challenges 20 years later? Processes are …

The Pros and Cons of Single and Multiple IT Providers: Competitive Tension versus Accountability | Article

Frank Usher, Managing Consultant

When considering sourcing alternatives for IT services, buyers must make a fundamental decision on structure. Do you want a single provider or multiple providers? Both have their pros and cons. Neither of the approaches is wrong. But each presents unique challenges, both in operations and in provider management. When IT outsourcing initially evolved, very few …

The New World Order of ITO: The View from the Inside-Out | Article

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

If you look back on the transforming world of IT over the past few years, it’s easy to chart the stages. First, there was denial that anything needed to change. Then came the fear of cloud and the perceived lack of control associated with this agile, new delivery model. As we move to 2013, we …

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