Business Process Outsourcing

Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) is the contracting of a specific business operation or process, such as customer service, finance & accounting, HR, recruiting, payroll or any other non-IT business function, to a third-party service provider, typically for a non-core competency to a provider with more specialized expertise, allowing the customer organization to focus on their main business or cut costs and maintain their position in the marketplace. BPO is often divided into two categories: back office outsourcing which includes internal business functions such as billing or purchasing, and front office outsourcing which includes customer-related services such as marketing or tech support.

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John is founder and CEO of NelsonHall, the leading Outsourcing Research and Analysis firm, and is widely regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on Business Process Services (BPS).John remains actively involved in customer assign...

The Challenge of Achieving Customer-Driven Shared Services

The Impact of Disruptive Business Trends are Causing a Rethink of Shared Services. The concept and use of shared services have been around for almost 30 years. However, shared services have matured to a level of organizational standard practice for support services across multiple business units. Despite this evolution, the penetration of shared services that […]

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By- WGroup

Let’s make a difference: Managing compliance and operational risk in...

Overview Banks are facing expanding compliance expectations that are pushing compliance programs to the brink. The scope and nature of compliance have evolved and are no longer limited to rules-based banking regulations. Operational and compliance risks have become more complex and entwined, increasing the potential for failed processes that cause customer confusion and compliance control […]

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By- PwC

Talking Digital BPO with Anupam Govil of Avasant

Join Outsourcing Institute’s Daniel Goodstein as he sits down with Anupam Govil, Partner at consulting firm Avasant and Program Chair of the upcoming Digital BPO Innovations Conference, as they discuss Digital transformation, BPaaS & new business models. This interview will: Discuss what “Digital” means to clients and the effects of “Digital Disruptors” on the outsourcing […]

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By- The Outsourcing Institute

Digital – The Key to Unlocking Operational Transformation: New Techniques...

Today’s companies are no longer satisfied with traditional slow-burn outsourcing models. To achieve improvements in business outcomes as well as step changes in process costs, they must match skills with new “digital” competitors, with the following objectives: Greater automation and digitalization of both front- and back-office activity resulting in a step change in both cost […]

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By- The Outsourcing Institute

OI Executive Interview with Former Xerox CPO Gregory North

In this Executive Interview, Outsourcing Institute President Daniel Goodstein sits down with former Xerox Chief Process Officer Gregory North to discuss the new face of BPO, digital disruption and transformation and advice for both BPO clients and providers, as well as a preview of the upcoming Digital BPO Innovations conference. The interview examines: Industry perspectives […]

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By- The Outsourcing Institute

Why business process outsourcing is being redefined as business process...

Service providers are continuously investing a great deal of effort to enable automation/artificial intelligence as part of their service offerings. The level of standardization of processes/activities related to BPO services make it a perfect candidate for automation. As we all heard over the last couple of months, service providers have continuously invested a great deal of effort to […]

By- Fabiano Rosa

How aligning with the organization’s strategy ensures outsourcing success

Although well thought upfront, the alignment of an organization’s strategy with their decision to outsource tends sometimes to be focused on short-term attainment of the organization’s bottom line and cost reduction targets. There are seven fundamental steps an organization may wish to follow to ensure the alignment with its strategy materializes it. Last month I […]

By- Fabiano Rosa

Digital – The Key to Unlocking Operational Transformation: Using Analytics...

Today’s companies are no longer satisfied with traditional slow-burn outsourcing models. To achieve improvements in business outcomes as well as step changes in process costs, they must match skills with new “digital” competitors, with the following objectives: Greater automation and digitalization of both front- and back-office activity resulting in a step change in both cost […]

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By- The Outsourcing Institute

Executive Interview: The Changing BPO Marketplace with Concentrix President Chris...

BPO isn’t what is used to be. Clients pushing for digital transformation, changing labor models & the introduction of automation technologies are changing the Customer Engagement landscape…or are they? The Outsourcing Institute’s Daniel Goodstein recently sat down with Chris Caldwell, President at BPO firm Concentrix, to discuss the changing BPO marketplace, new client demands for […]

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