Outsourcing Best Practices

It has become very common for start-ups to begin their entire product development by leveraging companies offshore. Once a long-haul possibility for large corporations with deep pockets, offshore outsourcing is now accepted as a natural phenomenon of business strategy for even the smallest of companies. Learn 10 best practices that can help you manage your next product engineering outsourcing (PEO) project.

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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

Best Practices for a BI and Analytics Strategy

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A growing number of organizations are moving toward having more pervasive business intelligence (BI) by turning to evidence-based decision making supported by a range of BI and analytics technology and processes that enable decision makers to have the best possible intelligence about customers, finances, operations, suppliers, and the market. This white paper addresses several questions that BI customers are facing. Read More

2014 Professional Services Maturity Benchmark Best of the Best

According to “The 2014 Professional Services Maturity Benchmark,” out of 238 participating organizations, 13 firms significantly outperformed the average, excelling in five service performance dimensions: leadership, client relationships, human capital alignment, service execution, and finance and operations. This white paper focuses on one of this year’s best service organizations and the best practices that differentiate the best of the best from average firms. Read More

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Best Practices: Financial Due Diligence and the Outsourcing of Freight Bill Audit and Payment

There are significant advantages to outsourcing freight bill audit and payment (FBAP), not the least of which is the potential for reduced costs. And while nothing can be outsourced without some risk, there are a number of steps that can be taken to ensure a successful relationship and minimize the financial risk to the outsourcer. Know what steps your company can take to ensure you get the most out of outsourcing FBAP. Read More

Outsourcing Challenges: Avoid the Pitfalls

Outsourcing can provide management with a powerful tool to control cost and enhance product and service delivery. Yet so many outsourcing initiatives fall short of expectations—why? For one thing, you need to know what you’re getting into, by going through an intense request for proposal (RFP) process and many rounds of contract negotiations. Find out how to better manage negotiating your outsourcing contract, and more. Read More

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

Outsourcing Best Practices-A Primer on Outsourcing Governance

The cardinal sin of outsourcing governance is to focus entirely on the mechanics and the price. If you do that, you’ll squander the true potential of the relationship. So spend the time and effort required to ensure an effective governance process—and don’t lose sight of the fact that without cultural alignment with your vendor, you’ll only be creating ground rules for debate, not agreement. Read More
 
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