With the current state of the economy, IT executives are being asked to stretch their budgets in order to keep their businesses profitable. In 2008, Median IT spending per user fell to $6,667 from the previous year's $7,397, according to Computer Economics. This represents a 6.2% reduction, consistent with the fact that IT managers were supporting an increasing number of users without corresponding increases in IT spending. IT spend continued to decline in 2009 and uncertainty and caution is still prevalent in 2010.
Email is the primary communication system and file transport mechanism used in organizations of all sizes. Email systems generate enormous amounts of content that must be preserved for a variety of reasons, including:
-Compliance with local, state, federal and international statutory requirements
- Electronic discovery requirements and best practices
- Knowledge management applications
- Disaster recovery and business continuity
Microsoft Exchange Server has been a crucial technological breakthrough in advanced corporate communication systems. Companies who utilize an enterprise-class email server like Exchange believe that email is mission critical, and value the productivity it enables. But an in-house migration to Exchange 2007 from an earlier version of Exchange or another email program will not be an easy task. Complexity, time and cost issues loom large over the IT department and are causing IT directors to search for an alternative solution.
Since the late 1990s, offshoring has become a deeply entrenched practice at many North American organizations. However, changing economic factors and the emergence of formerly hidden problems with offshoring have led Gartner to look at compelling alternatives, notably domestic rural sourcing.
While enterprises continue to own and operate in-house datacenters, their use of colocation and other outsourcing services is growing fast. Demand for colocation and wholesale datacenters, with their readily available space and power, their professional operations teams and, increasingly, their rich connectivity and value-added offerings, has never been stronger. 451 Research forecasts that the operational square footage of the global colocation and wholesale sector will grow at a healthy 7% CAGR from 2017 to 2020.
Published By: mindSHIFT
Published Date: Nov 29, 2007
mindSHIFT has extended its service capabilities to include software-as-a-service as well as managed IT services, and is a "compelling solution" for small and medium-sized organizations seeking a strategic source to meet their IT and business needs.
Human resource outsourcing is a complex industry with a broad spectrum of products and services that can be bundled or delivered a la carte. This paper identifies the complexities and potential risks for small businesses considering outsourcing HR.
Every business day, corporate campuses across the country function like small cities requiring highly specialized facilities and logistics management services. This paper will explore effective and efficient Corporate Campus Logistics Services to ensure the efficient flow of materials and people at large multi-building office campuses serving thousands of employees. Corporate facilities, real estate management, logistics and procurement teams as well as commercial real estate management companies are charged with sourcing the services that are the underpinnings of these mega-campuses. It’s an effort that spans a wide range—coordinating the receipt and distribution of supplies, equipment and packages; safely transporting thousands of employees as well as suppliers and contractors to locations within the campus; tracking and warehousing countless materials to support daily planned and unplanned workplace needs. Learn more about lowering costs, streamlining operational efficiency and gaining high employee satisfaction.
This paper will explore the potential of applying business performance management (BPM) principles to advance document performance management (DPM) in a way that enables organizations to reduce costs; better manage documents as vital strategic, ?nancial and information assets; and secure positive returns on investments from outsourcing. An example of this approach — spotlighted later in this paper — is MAX, a document performance management system that enables companies to more effectively manage their document processes and outsourcing service providers.
Bell Canada began an initiative to provide desktop solutions at reduced costs. With 8,000 call center agents, Bell Canada faced hardware attrition and rising costs. Streamlining systems, facilitating outsourcing and increasing capabilities to telecommute would reduce costs while improving service. This would require creating customized workstations for users. Bell Canada approached VMware Partner CGI Group Inc., which provides end-to-end IT and business process services, for a solution.
For internal support centers, the message coming from the overall
business is clear: You need to demonstrate your business value.
Outsourcing, managed services and cloud-based solutions that
didn’t exist just a few years ago are piling on the pressure.
Comdata Group is one of the world's largest business process outsourcing (BPO) providers. It operates hundreds of call-centers around the globe, with tens of thousands of employees offering, a variety of services, including sales and customer service.
In a competitive BPO market, Comdata was looking for ways to increase the productivity and efficiency of its agents. It looked for a unified solution that would successfully engage employees, drive higher accountability and better focus them on their performance.
Using Gameffective's platform, Comdata deployed gamified, real-time performance management. This process provides employees with the ability and motivation to self-track their performance against goals and benchmarks, and offers just-in-time coaching based on their needs. The results were impressive: 12% increase in sales per hour, and significant reductions in both new-hire learning curves and in ongoing training time.
Read the case study to learn how Comdata:
In a world where IT has become increasingly complex, cyber threats are unrelenting, and the cost to mitigate is becoming overwhelming, organizations are reconsidering the DIY approach to security and embracing the idea of outsourced security services. And while there are caveats to outsourcing security services, many organizations are reaping the OpEx and CapEx benefits while freeing themselves from becoming in-house security experts - refocusing on their core business. Read the whitepaper to learn more.
To keep pace with new business demands, rising customer expectations, and emerging technologies, IT leaders are realizing an important opportunity: infrastructure outsourcing. These services, including colocation, hosting, and cloud computing, give IT organizations the flexibility and agility to better serve the needs of the business.
Telecommunications (Telecom) and mobility executives responsible for sourcing the next generation of products and services for their business face big challenges in 2014. Learn what insights and action plans top executives are taking to prepare their organization for change by downloading the Forrester Research Whitepaper.