Posts Tagged ‘providers’

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12 Reasons to Hire a Sourcing Advisor

March 4, 2010

Over the years I’ve worked with dozens of tier one and tier two outsourcing providers.  I recently asked some of them to provide their perspective as to “why their clients and potential clients should hire a sourcing advisor.”  One would initially think that a provider would be opposed to having a sourcing advisor involved as it might slow down the process and lessen the advantages that a provider could have over the client without the benefit of independent advice.  I found quite the contrary.

Listed below are a dozen “uncut” reasons why providers believe clients should hire a sourcing advisor:
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Selecting the Right Outsource Provider at the Right Time

March 3, 2010
by Alsbridge, Inc.

Often times, when selecting an outsourcing provider, the list of candidate firms can look almost identical in terms of capability and ability to handle the scope of services clients seek. This can lead to a sub-optimal subjective decision based on the “marketing speak” of the provider versus a more comprehensive and objective analysis that will lead to a successful relationship.

What factors can you use to differentiate among providers beyond the classic request for proposal response and the “marketing and sales speak” typically relied on during the outsource selection process?

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Canadian Outsourcing Poised for Growth

February 8, 2010

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Canada’s outsourcing market will expand to $15 billion by the end of the year, market intelligence company IDC Canada says.

The market for outsourcing is $5.5 billion at present, ITBusiness.ca reports.

Added interest in sourcing will come from distribution and manufacturing firms, the research firm predicts. Financial and telecom companies turned to sourcing in greater numbers last year, while retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers were relatively uninterested.

Canadian service providers looking to compete with low-cost firms in emerging markets need to have a global reach to truly level the playing field, Prima Management Consulting president Frank Hart said in a recent webcast.

Firms may also want to consider how best to attract top talent in the sourcing arena. Bonuses are one way to increase workers’ interest in a company, experts suggest. According to compensation data provider Towers Watson, the average bonus for a Canadian IT worker was 8.7 percent of base salary. Forty-nine percent of IT professionals received a bonus last year, the company said.

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Help Your Business Grow: Utilizing Outsourcing Companies

January 27, 2010

by Kristin Waldman

Even if you run a large corporation or a small scale operation, virtually any business can gain from employing outsourcing companies. Handling any company depends upon you having astute business sense and the skills to reduce outlays of money, time and resources. Having a permanent base means paying for staff and this can eat into your funds drastically. If you were offered a service that minimized these costs whilst still delivering professional work, would you use it?

Lots of companies think that the sole purpose of using outsourcing means is to save time and money, but there is in fact, much more to outsourcing than meets the eye. With in-house staff on your payroll there is a lot more to consider than just wages such as costing and sourcing training, maternity leave, unauthorized absence, doctor’s appointments, vacations and much more besides.

It is wrongly assumed that you can only really outsource IT work to providers; this is actually a misconception. You will find a myriad of outsourcing companies with the skills to deal with much more than IT work, and they can have several specialist niches that they cater for. So using these companies will help your business in many more ways than you imagined. Just think of the money you can save by not having to employ another in-house member of staff and only using outsourcing firms when you need them.

An advantage of using outsourcing is adaptability. Hiring outsourcing companies means that you are employing well-trained and knowledgeable people without having to keep them on your payroll permanently. Using these businesses on a need-to-use system means that you will save a little against hiring another full-time employee for your office.

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