Published By: Quocirca
Published Date: Oct 29, 2008
Outsourcing is a strategy increasingly being used by organizations to reduce costs and increase value. Outsourcing, however, has its risks. As organizations look to push out more of their custom software application development needs to outsourcing partners, careful planning is required in terms of building stringent software security requirements into contracts and creating a process and metrics to ensure that those requirements are met. This report examines outsourcing practices from 200 of the largest organizations in the UK and the US and provides pointers as to how the most experienced outsourcers are putting in place effective processes to drive the risk out of outsourcing.
Many businesses believe they only have two choices when it comes to marketing -- establish an internal department or contract specific services with a full-service marketing agency. There is a third option worth exploring. Strategic outsource marketing provides the commitment of an internal resource and the capabilities of a full-service agency without the operating costs of either.
ERP Outsourcing for the Mid-Market discusses the nuances of outsourcing and critical success factors for mid-market companies. Specifically, how companies can effectively select a compatible outsourcing partner who understands both parts of the equation - business and technology - and how to create a governance environment that fosters a successful outsourcing relationship.
The nature of corporate accounting and financial controls has forever been changed by Sarbanes-Oxley legislation. This white paper discusses the ripple effect of the Act on the IT outsourcing community and the new responsibilities and ethics that rest on companies, both public and private, that entrust all or part of their IT environment to an external third party.
In 2004, J.W. Childs had the opportunity to acquire the Sunny Delight Beverage Co. (SDBC) through a unique carve-out of brands by Procter & Gamble. An accurate and in-depth assessment of the infrastructure required to support SunnyD’s business going forward would be absolutely essential to Childs’ decision to purchase the company.
Russell Stover Candies outsourced its legacy information systems. However, two years later, they were unhappy with their chosen outsourcing provider and faced multiple ERP challenges. To help navigate these challenges, the company hired a seasoned IT executive. Find out why, after an exhaustive evaluation process, he selected OneNeck IT Services.
When Spyder Active Sports offered to pay its IT outsourcing provider more money in return for more services, and the provider not only refused the offer but its service levels continued to go downhill, it was time to look for a new provider. It came down to three potential vendors, however, a number of factors lead Spyder to select OneNeck IT Services.
In November 2002, Skanska embarked on the construction industry’s largest consolidation effort. Having acquired numerous companies in the previous 12 years — ranging in size from $100 million to $1 billion and comprising the $3.9 billion Skanska of today — CIO Chris Stockley was charged with migrating all the companies onto the J.D. Edwards application platform already in use by a few of the organizations.
When he joined SDBC in May of 2004, SunnyD's Chief Information Officer and Global Controller was faced with a classic build-or-buy decision, although the circumstances were less than typical. Despite the company just being carved out from Procter & Gamble with an experienced management team and a well-known brand name, it was missing a crucial operational element — an entire information technology infrastructure.
"Service to our gym owners is our number one priority," said Linda Mason, Vice President of IT for The Little Gym International. "This clearly drove our decision-making process in searching for an outsourcer." Learn why OneNeck was their number one choice for outsourcing their IT services.
Published By: Thinksoft
Published Date: Dec 03, 2007
This white paper acts as a tool, for CEO's and Business and IT heads, helps reduce application deployment risks and costs. This paper attempts to establish how outsourcing test services to an independent domain-focused specialist company can substantially mitigate deployment risks. Business users are assured of receiving reliably better quality application well within cost and time budgets.
Download this free report to explore the potential of applying business performance management principles to advance document performance management to reduce costs; better manage documents as vital strategic, financial and information assets; and secure positive returns on investments from outsourcing. Learn more today!
No matter the size of the business, technology plays a critical role in its financial success. At the most basic level, companies have to deal with desktop and laptop computers for all their employees, e-mail, access to the Internet, Blackberries, and other kinds of on-site and remote devices. Add networking issues like viruses, spam and bandwidth utilization, and suddenly, this effort becomes a major challenge to anyone operating a small or mid-sized business (SMBs) with limited resources and a limited budget.
Web Services are emerging as the preeminent method for program-to-program communication across corporate networks as well as the Internet. Securing web Services has been a challenge until recently, as typical Web authentication and authorization techniques employed browser-to-server architectures (not program-to-program). This resulted in user identity ending at the Web Application Server, forcing the Web Services Provider to trust blindly that the Web Services Requester had established identity and trust with the end user.
An increasingly global and mobile workforce is changing the way IT needs to support the business. Worker demographics are also changing, resulting in different expectations on how IT delivers data and applications.
HP and VMware make this important move to Client Virtualization safe and easy by testing and developing the most popular solutions. On its sixth generation Client Virtualization reference architecture, HP tests many combinations of storage, networking, and blades to best handle the Client Virtualization workloads.
The importance of healthcare providers to assure their patients the utmost security, confidentiality and integrity of their sensitive information cannot be understated. This means being HIPAA compliant within every aspect of their practice, with a particular emphasis on the components of their healthcare IT infrastructure
This white paper described elements and best practices of a HIPAA compliant data center. This comprehensive guide spans the administrative, physical, and technical safeguards of the HIPAA Security rule from the physical security and environmental controls necessary of the facility itself, to the requirements needed between a Covered Entity (CE) and the data center provider when outsourcing.
Detailing both the benefits and risks of a third-party partnership, this white paper provides answers to key questions such as what exactly makes a data center HIPAA compliant, what to look for when choosing a service provider to work with, and why a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) is important for establishing accountability with these partners.
Cloud migration has exploded in popularity since General Electric’s (GE’s) flashy keynote at Amazon Web Service’s (AWS’s) re:Invent in September 2015. GE claims to be migrating all workloads not containing secret information. Enterprises are revisiting public cloud and exploring whether existing or systems-of-record applications have a place in that world. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals on this path should avoid a one-size-fits-all approach to outsourcing and migration plans, opting instead for an app-by-app assessment.
Middle market companies are becoming more comfortable with outsourcing solutions, driving increased utilization of finance and accounting outsourcing (FAO). The evolution of FAO enables companies to focus on their core business, while leveraging external resources to increase finance and accounting productivity.
What makes RSM’s FAO platform different is specific industry knowledge, and unique business processes, workflows and structures that have been developed through years of successful engagements. We implement proven strategies from a people, process and technology perspective that are customized for each client and can’t be found in an out-of-the-box technology solution.