Category Archives: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and BPaaS

Will a Double-Dip Recession reverse the trend of buyers "delaying outsourcing" during a slump? Here are 10 factors to consider...

Will a Double-Dip Recession reverse the trend of buyers "delaying outsourcing" during a slump?  Here are 10 factors to consider...

Organizations have always been wary of outsourcing during recessions. While today it delivers cost-reduction to clients in spades (proven emphatically during our recent state-of-outsourcing study), many organizations have proven, in the past, to push it down the priority-list of radical cost-reduction measures, when they fear for their very existence. However, with the threat of a "Double-Dip" recession very much a grim reality, HfS believes this cycle is likely to be broken.

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Meet The Don of BPO (Part 1)

Meet The Don of BPO (Part 1)

As IBM's Donniel Schulman's reputation and influence in the BPO industry has grown in recent years, we've finally persuaded the chirpy New Yorker to share some of his story since IBM entered the BPO industry via its 2002 acquisition of PwC Consulting

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The biggest political threat (yet) to the outsourcing industry

The Swiss, in their typically punctilious fashion, now have an "Anti-PowerPoint Party" with the self-stated goal of having the number of boring PowerPoint presentations on the planet to decrease and the average presentation to become more exciting and more interesting.

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The undisputed facts about outsourcing, Part 4: Mid-market buyers are enjoying better outsourcing outcomes than enterprises

The undisputed facts about outsourcing, Part 4: Mid-market buyers are enjoying better outsourcing outcomes than enterprises

Outsourcing of IT and business process has always been a game for large enterprises, where well-executed large-scale employee transitions have resulted in profitable endeavors for both providers and buyers. But while the large buyers like saving the money, it’s actually mid-market sector ($1bn-$3bn revenues) which is getting a lot more out of the experience

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The undisputed facts about outsourcing, Part 1: Buyers are saving money, but aren't seeing a whole lot more

The undisputed facts about outsourcing, Part 1: Buyers are saving money, but aren't seeing a whole lot more

Whatever the motives buyers have when they outsource, the first critical metric they must reach is to save the money they were promised at the onset of the engagement. And we have spectacularly good news for the entire outsourcing industry - the cost savings targets are being met - and being met well, with over 95% of current buyers viewing the engagements as effective for reducing their operating costs. However, that's pretty much where the good news tapers off, as the rest of the results are pretty modest

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CMOs need support and guidance from their CIOs... like never before

CMOs need support and guidance from their CIOs... like never before

IBM’s Institute for Business Value (IBM Global Services’ executive research group) announced findings from its huge CIO survey undertaken every 2 years. It’s a massive piece of work involving 3000 one hour face-to-face interviews with CIOs from around the world—this year it has some great news for CMOs.

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Cognizant: The Future of Work or the Present Forever?

Cognizant: The Future of Work or the Present Forever?

Cognizant is at present the darling of the IT offshore services and outsourcing industry for its consistent and impressive growth and positive levels of customer satisfaction, so we thought we’d share some impressions with our readers.

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NorthgateArinso: Is it ready to give the HRO market a boost?

Keith Strodtman, HfS Research Fellow

Despite a challenging economy, NorthgateArinso grew revenues 8.5% in its 2009/2010 fiscal year and increased win rates in its HRO business. The company has made significant investments in its core technology platforms, established an extensive global delivery infrastructure, created a massive library of process standards, is in the midst of a company-wide rollout of Six Sigma, and has been developing the culture and skills it thinks are required for execution excellence and improved customer satisfaction.

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Genpact spurns its suitors to IT-enable its BPO, with India's third largest acquisition

Genpact spurns its suitors to IT-enable its BPO, with India's third largest acquisition

So why did Genpact buy Headstrong, in the third-largest acquisition ever made by an India-based provider, since Wipro picked up InfoCrossing for a cool $600m in 2007, and HCL-Axon for a similar sum, the following year? And, most importantly, what does this mean for the immediate future of the BPO business?

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The Future of Work – Who will lead?

The future of work

Companies need leaders to start thinking about the future of work as part of their business planning processes. HR leaders are well positioned to understand the capability and talent of the organization. They also have access to more enabling technology they ever before to help engage the entire workforce in creating the future of work at their companies.

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