Importance of Managing Diversity in an Outsourcing Relationship – Interview of Joe Santana, Sr. Director of Diversity, Siemens USA

Can diversity management in outsourcing make a difference in the potential return on investment (ROI)? I discussed this issue with Joe Santana, Senior Director of Diversity at Siemens USA. He has an extensive background in outsourcing, even prior to his diversity position with Siemens, providing him the opportunity to see from the inside and outside how effective diversity management can be an important factor in outsourcing relationships.

Please explain how diversity arises in outsourcing. Is it something more than having a workforce of multiple races and ethnicities?

JS: Yes. Add to that the recent increase in the number of… Read the rest

Part I – Shared Services vs. Outsourcing: A Roundtable Discussion

Shared services centers and outsourcing are both hot with today’s businesses looking to cut costs and increase efficiencies as much as possible. What are the differences between the two models? This is Part I of a three-part roundtable discussion on important perspectives on these popular business models. Part I roundtable participants are Krist Davood, Group CIO of Schiavello; Joseph Soalheira, Advisory Board Member of the Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON) global community; and Peter Barta, CEO of Everest Group Asia Pacific. All three are among many industry experts presenting at the upcoming 13th Annual Australasian Shared ServicesRead the rest

Part II – Shared Services vs. Outsourcing: A Roundtable Discussion

Shared services centers and outsourcing are both hot with today’s businesses looking to cut costs and increase efficiencies as much as possible. What are the differences between the two models? This is Part II of a three-part roundtable discussion on important perspectives on these popular business models. Part II roundtable participants are Krist Davood, Group CIO of Schiavello; Joseph Soalheira, Advisory Board Member of the Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON) global community; Asheesh Mehra, Head of Sales, Infosys BPO Asia Pacific; and Peter Barta, CEO of Everest Group Asia Pacific. All four are among many industry experts presenting atRead the rest

Part III – Shared Services vs. Outsourcing: A Roundtable Discussion

Shared services centers and outsourcing are both hot with today’s businesses looking to cut costs and increase efficiencies as much as possible. What are the differences between the two models? This is Part III of a three-part roundtable discussion on important perspectives on these popular business models. Part III roundtable participants are Krist Davood, Group CIO of Schiavello; Joseph Soalheira, Advisory Board Member of the Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON) global community; Asheesh Mehra, Head of Sales, Infosys BPO Asia Pacific; and Peter Barta, CEO of Everest Group Asia Pacific. All four are among many industry experts presenting atRead the rest

Nearshore Outsourcing’s Turf Wars

Henry Kissinger said that the absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously. That has been true in outsourcing in recent years. It was marvelously clear that companies could reduce their costs through outsourcing to offshore locations with low-cost labor, especially in India. But now there’s a viable alternative: companies can outsource their work to low-cost nearshore locations.

The cost, time zone, and other advantages from outsourcing to a country that is a “neighbor” and has the same culture are significant. Western European companies have successfully nearshored their work to Eastern European locations for quite a while, and China is a… Read the rest

Interview of Morrison & Foerster’s Julian S. Millstein on Trends in Outsourcing Contracts

Morrison & Foerster’s Global Sourcing Group (over 60 outsourcing lawyers located in the U.S., Europe, and Asia) annually publishes a report on the state of the worldwide outsourcing market and the forces likely to shape outsourcing for the coming 12 months. The 2010 edition of Morrison & Foerster’s Global Sourcing Trends includes predictions about several contractual aspects of outsourcing. I interviewed Julian S. Millstein, Senior Counselor at M&F, New York, for further insights about several of those predictions.

Your firm’s Global Sourcing Trends report predicts shorter deal cycles and companies trying to close deals quickly during 2010. Doesn’t this oftenRead the rest