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New Outsourcing Service: Independent Governance of the Relationship

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

At Outsourcing Center, a frequent comment we hear from buyers of outsourcing services is: “If I had it to do all over again, I would put in place a more effective structure for managing the service provider and the relationship.” The problem is significant enough that it spawns many advice-oriented articles with titles such as: …

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 …

When an Outsourcing Service Provider’s Lack of Domain Knowledge is a Good Thing

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

How important to the value proposition for an outsourcing initiative is the service provider’s domain knowledge specific to the buyer’s industry? Many buyers report that the provider’s expertise in a particular business process ranks higher in importance than industry expertise when selecting a service provider. But there are situations where industry knowledge is crucial, especially …

BDO Annual Technology Report Finds CFOs Outsourcing More Work to China, India, Reversing Last Year’s Trend

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

What a difference a year makes. A 2009 study of American chief financial officers in U.S. high-tech companies predicted the new hot location was the United States. The 2010 study discovered the opposite: China and India regained their position as the primo offshoring locations for IT services, according to Don Jones, Partner, International Tax Services …

How Verticalization and Business Process Utilities Will Impact Outsourced Services

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Transparent pricing, highly standardized processes, vertical solutions. Companies will select service providers that deliver the best quality and value-add, not just the best price. “Increased adoption of standardized solutions in outcomes-based models will drive outsourcing to become more utility based,” says Don Schulman, General Manager, Finance and Administration at IBM. “And that becomes where the …

Areas Where Outsourcing Will Grow in the Next Five Years

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Our experts predict several areas of the industry will experience significant growth over the next five years. Predicted growth areas for outsourcing will include reverse outsourcing, verticalization, emerging markets, business analytics, healthcare, transportation, and ERP, among others. Industry trends Andrew Pery, Chief Marketing Officer, Kofax, says one of the predicted growth areas for outsourcing will …

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