Managing Risks Associated with Outsourcing

Strategic cost reduction has been a focus area for financial institutions (FIs), with outsourcing emerging as a very attractive option lately. But outsourcing is fraught with risks. This article examines risks associated with outsourcing and offers perspectives on managing these risks.

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Best Practices for Managing Just-in-time (JIT) Production

Just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing “is not procrastination, but making a commitment once the scales are tipped in the favor of certainty.” How do you keep your company from falling prey to the “deer-in-the-headlights” syndrome and suffering from decision failures? In this guide, experts share their top seven best practices for deftly managing JIT manufacturing. Read More

ERP: A Layman’s Guide

Every enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation comes with risks. But a seven-figure price tag and a painful multiyear deployment don’t have to be part of the package. This layman’s guide to ERP discusses how various industries, trends, challenges, and new tools are reshaping the ERP landscape. By developing an in-depth understanding of the technology, its benefits, and its risks, every organization can achieve ERP success.  Read More

How is a BPM Project Achieved?

How can business process management (BPM) optimize business outcomes and performance?

BPM efforts have not been adopted as much as expected in the past decade, and process agility for operational excellence is still a distant goal for many enterprises. Extensibility issues and a lack of road maps are issues, as well as a series of economic events and general market instability that have redirected the spotlight to process optimization as the key to a sustainable profit model.

This white paper looks at some best practice approaches and pitfalls to avoid for optimal business results, and provides a framework for choosing “the right BPM project” for organizations. Nine critical challenges in adopting a core BPM approach are discussed, and several steps leading up to a successful BPM rollout for optimized business outputs are also given. The main risks associated with a BPM project implementation are then looked at.

Read this white paper for a concise and clear examination of the place of business process management in today’s competitive business performance landscape, and tips to help with successful implementation and management of BPM projects within organizations from the discovery stage right through to deployment.  Read More

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Outsourcing for SMBs without Compromising your Sanity

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Small and medium businesses (SMBs) often don’t know how to engage and manage outsourcing initiatives. Both outsourcing provider and seeker should together address several questions when starting a project to outsource business or technology processes. What’s the cost benefit? What are the risks involved? Find out the customer and the vendor perspectives, and how to achieve cost savings and service-level improvements. Read More

Managing the Risks When Outsourcing Offshore

In recent years, increasing numbers of businesses have chosen to outsource their application development overseas for smaller, defined projects, or through a long-term outsourcing partnership model. The main reasons for outsourcing include a desire to increase company productivity and efficiency, while simultaneously lowering operating costs in an increasingly competitive economy. But outsourcing, whether overseas or locally, comes with severe risks. Read More

Nearshoring: Looking Closer to Home

Companies looking for savings but worried about the risks and cultural barriers involved in offshore outsourcing, whose business processes have a strong customer focus or regulations-driven reporting element, could benefit from nearshoring. Nearshoring involves outsourcing work to companies with the economic benefits of an offshore location, but a closer cultural, linguistic, and geographic fit with the user organisation. Read More
 
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