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Outsourcing in the US election debates
by sourcingfocus.com
In the recent US election debates outsourcing (the American for offshoring) has become a frequent tool of attack.
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UK Government moves to blacklist poor outsourcers
by sourcingfocus.com
The UK government has begun to classify outsourcers involved in public sector contracts, with those classified as ‘high risk’ effectively blacklisted from contracts. This comes as Nick Buckles is expected to appear in front of the Commons’ home affairs committee today, in order to explain the failure of G4S in delivering on the Olympic security contract.
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August reveals extent of global economic slowdown
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August was a month of economic gloom, with reports of slowdown in China and increased instability in Europe. Rising expectations of Greece’s expulsion from the Eurozone and difficulties arising in Spain have further compounded economic uncertainties.
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It’s Shared Services week in the public sector
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Five councils have reported savings or expected future savings of millions during this week.
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Government IT in danger of losing accountability
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The public sector is suffering from a lack of effective monitoring and accountability.
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How to pick your first outsourcing partner
by Mark Bardoe, Regional EMEA Director at Stefanini, the global IT and outsourcing experts
We are currently seeing in the news some very high-profile cases of when outsourcing goes wrong. If you’re embarking on your first outsourcing contract, this could be a major concern, or perhaps not? In spite of the negative publicity it seems organisations like our Government, are keen to take the outsourcing route. According to analysts, Britain is about to see the biggest wave of outsourcing since the 1980s.
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Of outsourcing and pensions…
by Francinia Protti-Alvarez
A couple of days ago, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) renewed its pay and pensions outsourcing contract with Logica, a £10m deal.Similarly, reports suggest that UK-based Diligenta, the insurance and pension outsourcing unit of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), has been approached by two prospective clients for outsourcing contracts worth more than £100 million each. Meanwhile, Boots announced its decision to outsource part of its pension scheme, a trend that according to some experts has been increasingly prevalent during the last 12 months.
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State of mind: a bipolar affair
by Francinia Protti-Alvarez
In the midst of the budget adjustments, the re-shaping of the NHS model, talks on immigration and the PM’s visit to India it has been an interesting few weeks for the outsourcing community.
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Suppliers: going, going, gone?
by Francinia Protti-Alvarez
Recent media reports have been insisting that a number of suppliers have been ‘going bust’ this year. But how accurate is this? Yesterday’s online editions of The Guardian, The Telegraph and the FT – amongst others - reported a 47% increase in the number of public sector suppliers affected by the degraded economic environment. The figures derive from research attributed to accountancy firm Wilkins Kennedy, which claims that H1 2010 saw an increase to 168 insolvent companies, up from 114 in the same period last year. However, it would be interesting to put that 47% increase into context. By Francinia Protti-Alvarez
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Of expectations and legal battles in outsourcing
by Francinia Protti-Alvarez
In recent weeks, IBM has been in the news the other side of the Atlantic as it tries to respond to two legal cases brought against it. It is interesting to note how, despite the maturity of the outsourcing sector – particularly in the US - it seems as though the issue of managing relationships and expectations is a skill that has not yet been perfected by the industry.
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