The global recession is taking no prisoners. Neither industry, nor region, nor company-size has provided shelter from its impact. Within the enterprise, few business functions have been unaffected. Yet, as this business downturn continues, the Chief Procurement Officer's ("CPO") agenda and the CEO's agenda have started to converge.
The strategic sourcing group has faced myriad challenges over the last two decades, including a fluctuating economy and increased expectations to bolster the enterprise bottom-line. However, the last few years have brought about a new, complex challenge: continue to drive procurement performance while finding fresh cost savings within other areas of corporate spending.
Spend analysis has gradually become the top process in the procurement executive's toolbox, placing itself in the top tier of functionalities alongside e-sourcing, e-procurement and strategic sourcing solutions.
Spend Matters research has long considered Hackett Group metrics to be the gold standard of P2P benchmarking. As part of the collaboration for the research for this report, Hackett agreed to share with Spend Matters some of the findings from its latest P2P benchmarks.
Spend Matters has long argued that spend visibility and contract management have always been two sides of the same coin. Companies can leverage an integrated spend analysis, contract management and P2P solution set to institute real-time controls to validate a number of possible spend variables.
This whitepaper will look into the areas of cost, time and reliability to prove in a simple manner that the benefits of outsourcing a company's email marketing outweigh those of starting an in-house solution.
Published By: Rackspace
Published Date: Jan 15, 2015
Whether you’re looking to move over an entire IT function like e-mail, or simply to provision more storage or processing, a successful outsourcing project requires a cohesive strategy with clearly defined business problems, goals, stakeholders and processes. This white paper outlines 12 critical success factors to consider when developing such a strategy.
The skills and expertise required to stay on top of trends, industry best practices, and the latest technologies while juggling many other competing priorities can drain your IT resources. Read this Forrester Research Inc. report to learn how outsourcing your organization’s business resiliency planning, strategy, and program design can be a highly cost effective, efficient option.
CIOs are on a constant quest to understand what infrastructure will provide the best fit, at the lowest risk and cost. In today’s evolving data center, defining the proper use of data center assets, and how cloud-based platforms may or may not fit into the mix is critical to business success. With the abundance of cloud offerings in the market place, physical infrastructure is no longer an enterprise IT requirement. Cloud has established itself as an excellent option for infrastructure outsourcing.
Published By: Recurly
Published Date: Mar 07, 2016
Subscription businesses have often been referred to as the holy grail of business because of the recurring revenue generated from customers. However managing day-to-day billing transactions can be daunting for business owners who typically resort to building their own billing solution. The better approach is to choose a recurring billing management service.
Here are 6 reasons why outsourcing your recurring billing management might be a better solution.
Published By: Scripted
Published Date: Jun 03, 2014
Many businesses outsource content because they’re stretched for time. In fact, according to the Content Marketing Institute’s 2014 benchmark report, 69 percent of B2B marketers said a “lack of time” was the biggest challenge they face to date. But time isn’t the only reason why nearly 47 percent of marketers have turned to outsourcing. Here’s why the savvy ones in the business are outsourcing their content right now (and why you should be, too).
Published By: Listrak
Published Date: May 02, 2008
Even though there are many email marketing solutions that allow marketers to create, deploy, track, and manage their email marketing campaigns easily, there is still a significant percentage of companies that outsource this business process to an outside advertising agency, search engine optimization firm, application service provider, or interactive marketer.
If you are looking to partner with a search engine optimization company, it’s important that you choose a firm you can trust. Many search engine optimization companies today use tactics that are questionable and that can lead to your site getting penalized by the major search engines. In this article, you will be given several important questions to ask any SEO firm that you are considering, and learn how to interpret the answers you are given.
As the Internet becomes a valuable marketing tool, many organizations are hiring a search engine optimization company in order to help increase their online exposure. Unfortunately, there are many errors that those same organizations often make that sabotage the efforts of the search engine optimization firm that they have chosen to work with.
Search engine marketing services need to be able to stay on top of all of the latest industry developments and to be aware of the trends that are sure to shape the industry’s future. Learn more about the issues that search engine marketing firms will be contending with as the SEO industry continues to change on a regular basis.
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.
This paper draws upon recent discussions with dozens of companies that are exploring outsourcing services. Jason Gilroy and colleagues draw upon their years of procurement expertise to provide answers to common questions surrounding the outsourcing of procurement services.
Published By: iDirect
Published Date: Jan 29, 2007
Many people may not be aware of SEO’s usefulness is in business to business marketing or what a valuable marketing tool SEO can be in general. Learn more about why B2B companies can benefit from using SEO as a key marketing tool.
Published By: Quocirca
Published Date: Jul 11, 2007
Operating and maintaining a complex IT infrastructure requires the necessary skills and investment but getting the right staff at an affordable price can be a problem. Finding ways around this can give SMBs a competitive edge leaving them free to focus on new business opportunities.