Research & Insight


Impact of Service Provider Selection Criteria on Transition/Migration Challenges

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Our study of the relationships nominated for Outsourcing Excellence Awards in 2008 reveals important findings regarding the impact of service provider selection criteria on the ease and challenges during the transition phase or IT implementation. The study clearly reveals some buyers’ strategies cause the opposite of the intended outcome.

Thinking in and Out of the Box (or Crate): Outsourced Logistics Solution

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Not all logistics services are the same. Many do not pick up loose items and lack the capability to create specialized crating for hi-tech equipment and other costly items delivered worldwide. Here’s what two companies found when they went searching for the best deal in logistics services for their products.

Bharti Airtel, Nortel Innovate a Utility Computing Model to Influence Consumer Behavior

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Bharti Airtel is a fast-growing Indian telco. It felt labor costs in India were too expensive. It wanted to solve customer care issues at the machine. So it offshored its solution–to North America. The Indian company selected Nortel for its call center technology. Together they changed the behavior of a nation.

An Offshore Pioneer Shares Its Recipe for Long-Term Success

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

This was one of the first North American offshoring relationships. Nortel outsourced to India in 1991 because it couldn’t find enough employees with the specialized knowledge it needed. At same time, Wipro wanted to expand beyond India. The timing was right for both partners to attempt something new. What’s remarkable: both partners are still happy after 16 years!

Third-Generation Outsourced Travel Management Services Use Online Marketplaces to Include Other Travel Expenses

John Harney, Business Writer

Travel management companies (TMC) were the first generation of outsourced travel services to book flights, hotels, and rental cars. But what about restaurants or limos? Rearden Commerce, an online marketplace with interfaces to 135,000 merchants, outsources its network to TMCs and corporations.

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