by: Karen Cayamanda
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | Outsourcing News |
Outsourcing is constantly changing and evolving. As more companies discover its potential and what it can do for their businesses, the entire concept of what outsourcing is sometimes becomes a tangled web of information. For companies which are just testing the waters, information overload on what to do and what to avoid can be confusing. They may even end up shying away from it.
So what can companies do to ensure they are on the right track? They can do their own research or hire a competent outsourcing or sourcing advisor, a consultant/guide who helps companies in developing the right outsourcing deal. In an industry that involves an increasingly complex landscape of service providers, someone who has adequate knowledge and experience in the industry will prod you in the right direction.
Sourcing advisors play an integral part of your outsourcing endeavors. They can provide insights and present market analyses that will help you in making decisions. Sourcing advisors will be there in every step of the way. Whether you are a service buyer or provider, a sourcing advisor has the right capabilities that will help you establish a good outsourcing relationship.
In an article entitled “7 Ways an Outsourcing Advisor Can Save You Money” by Stephanie Overby, she said that while joining the outsourcing bandwagon without external help will already enable you to reduce costs, having a sourcing advisor may save you money in any or all steps of the outsourcing process. She enumerates the seven ways a sourcing advisor can do for you that will let you cut costs:
1. Rigorous and relevant Requests for Proposal (RFPs)
2. Pricing intelligence
3. Access to innovation
4. Vendor knowledge
6. Presence of an upper hand in negotiations
7. Preparedness in transition and governance
It is a good thing to work with someone who is knowledgeable on the industry that you want to venture into. With the help of a good sourcing advisor, not only can you reduce costs - you will also be able to create the right outsourcing deal for your company.