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Study Reveals Challenges and a Tight Hiring Market Ahead | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

How are the unemployment statistics and other challenges in the current U.S. economic downturn impacting companies’ efforts to find and capture job candidates? What are the trends regarding retention? What is a crucial component of a corporate recruiting strategy these days? RPO firm Hyrian conducted a study and shares the findings, its corresponding insights, and examples of success in hard-to-fill positions.

Lenders Benefit When U.S. Law Firm Outsources Their Due Diligence Work | Article

John Harney, Business Writer

Investors buying loan portfolios want to know about the individual loans in them. Law firms do this for their clients. Before outsourcing, Zarski and Associates hired paralegals who often knew nothing about consumer credit law. Now his supplier iBridge has lawyers in Delhi and Banaglore review the portfolios. I can get an Indian lawyer for $35 an hour and a U.S. paralegal for $50 an hour. Guess which one I’ll take? says David Zarski.

Centralizing Asset Management Helps Promotional Products Manufacturer Manage Its IT Infrastructure | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Like many promotional products manufacturers, The GEM Group has a manufacturing facility in China. The manufacturer was changing its IT desktop infrastructure. Did the computers in Shenzhen have enough memory to work in the new IT environment? Everdream’s application allows GEM to manage the Chinese infrastructure from its Massachusetts headquarters.

Outsourced IT Platform Attracts Merger Partner for Real Estate/Hospitality Company | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

When Private Escapes Destination Clubs started its travel and real estate company, it wanted IT expertise without the IT investment. So it outsourced its Web-based reservation system to Managed Business Solutions. The IT platform was such a stellar success a competitor came calling, attracted by the reservation system. Now the new combined entity is the No. 2 player.

European and Worldwide Knowledge Process Outsourcing Trends

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Knowledge Process Outsourcing may become the fastest-expanding outsourcing initiative in the next 12 months, especially across Europe. Here’s what you need to know about KPO trends, the value proposition, and how to select a KPO service provider.

An Offshore Pioneer Shares Its Recipe for Long-Term Success | Article

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!

The Impact of Collaboration in BPO for Print Services | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Managing the North American marketing-related print collateral needs of Unilever’s 400 brands in more than 100 countries is an enormous task. Outsourcing printing needs is not the same as outsourcing procurement, especially where it may impact creativity in marketing. Unilever turned to a managed-services provider with a collaborative approach. The results have been stellar.

A Hospital’s Remedy for Enhancing Healthcare Excellence | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Jefferson Regional Medical Center only a few years ago was in the red and in danger of losing its independence by having to merge with another health system just to survive. Today it is recognized nationwide for its excellence in delivering outstanding patient care while reducing the cost of healthcare. Here’s a roadmap of how it accomplished the turnaround.

Outsourcing Facilitates Airline’s Cash Flow for Staying Competitive | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Investing in innovation is critical to business success, especially in highly competitive industries such as the airline industry, which was hit hard with cost constraints after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Yet, British Midland Airways has been innovating and achieved many firsts in service quality. Outsourcing the highly specialized area of revenue accounting had a major impact on cash flow.

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