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10 outsourcing trends to watch in 2016

Stephanie Overby | Jan. 4, 2016
Experts expect a number of shifts in the IT outsourcing industry in 2016. Some of these shifts include a focus on hyper-speed deal making, new multi-sourcing headaches, more man-machine collaboration and more.

“In 2016 the potential to move outsourcing from the ‘lift and shift’ of non-core processes to something more substantial is entirely do-able in the cloud,” says Michael Corcoran, a senior managing director overseeing growth and strategy for Accenture Operations. “The as-a-service outsourcing model makes it possible to combine infrastructure, software, and business process to create a platform that is much more modular, scalable and intelligent. This platform can tackle higher-level processes, creating results that increase revenues, improve margins, enhance customer service, and move the business forward instead of running in place.”

4. VMOs go mainstream

Multi-sourcing has multiplied the vendor management workload. “As clients look for ways to address the challenges of overseeing increasingly complex multi-vendor service delivery models, the [vendor management office] will establish itself as a way to provide a high-level, enterprise-wide view while at the same time managing day-to-day operational details and multiple touch points between different providers in the service delivery chain,” says Mike Slavin, Alsbridge managing director.

5. Integration challenges surge

“Customers adopting an ever larger number of emerging digital technologies will face an ever-larger integration challenge,” says Rebecca Eisner, partner in the Chicago office of law firm Mayer Brown. “Many of the most powerful cloud technologies will require integration efforts comparable to those required to install ERP systems.” Because most companies do not have employees capable of managing multiple emerging technology platforms, they’ll have to outsource service integration, incident management, and change management. Expect increasing partnerships among providers, predicts Mayer Brown partner Brad Peterson.

6. The service providers universe expands

“Customers will buy from an expanding list of technology providers,” says Dan Masur, partner in Mayer Brown’s Washington, D.C. office. “Customers will continue to turn to ITO, BPO and cloud service providers who have blazed a digital trail for help in becoming digital businesses. They will source services from an ever-expanding list of emerging and digital technology providers.  Pace Harmon’s Singh says we’ll see more product-driven managed services “as more product-oriented vendors, such as Cisco and others, move beyond just selling their products to also delivering services around their products. We are already seeing this on a small scale, but expect it to ramp up in 2016 as very large clients are growing their managed services capabilities.”

7. Multi-speed IT hits outsourcing

Gartner dubbed it “bimodal IT.” McKinsey named it “two-speed.” Whatever you want to call it, outsourcing clients will recognize the need to take different approaches to managing the “run the business” part of IT and the “change the business” part this year. “Clients will use the bi-modal approach to implement commercial and contractual mechanisms with vendors to clearly delineate the roles of the respective groups and to optimize the contributions of each to the business,” says Eleanor Winn, managing director at Alsbridge.

 

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