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Dataprise Becomes the Outsourced IT Department for Small and Medium Businesses | Article

John Harney, Business Writer

Companies both large and small often choose to outsource their IT departments so they can concentrate on their core businesses. But small and medium businesses (SMBs) have additional challenges. Danya International, a public service company that delivers solutions to government and commercial clients addressing pressing social issues, is a good example. It wanted to focus …

15 Years Later, the PwC BPO Team Continues to Shape the BPO Market

Joseph Vales, Senior Partner, Vales Consulting Group

When someone writes the definitive book on the growth of the global outsourcing market, there will be a chapter on how the Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) BPO group shaped and drove the BPO marketplace in the late 1990s. Started in 1996, the PwC BPO group grew to $520 million in annual revenue by the end of …

Combating the “Hidden” Costs of Managing Outsourcing | Article

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 …

Good Governance, By Design | Article

Linda Tuck Chapman, President, ONTALA Performance Solutions Ltd.

The biggest challenge with service provider governance is designing a good program that minimizes the increased workload of already-stretched resources. Linda Tuck Chapman shares how to design and deploy a governance program that focuses on service provider performance and risk management.

How Outsourcing Helped a New Company Deal with a Major Challenge | Article

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 | Article

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.

How Outsourcing IT Applications Helps Working Families in Oklahoma | Article

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.

How Outsourcing Transformed a Hotel Operator into a Services Company | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

When this outsourcing relationship started, Grupo Posadas was a hospitality provider in Latin America. Today, it has transformed itself into a services company with multiple revenue streams in a variety of vertical markets. Grupo Posadas formed four new companies based on the platform it created with Oracle On Demand.

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