Five Ways To Find Outsourcing Clients

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Often used interchangeably with “offshoring,” the term “outsourcing” has much broader-reaching implications.

Whereas offshoring typically refers to hiring supplemental manpower (usually from countries like India) on a per-head-count hourly rate, the practice of outsourcing exceeds this staff augmentation mentality. Today’s sophisticated outsourcing paradigm embraces a global delivery model, risk management/governance contingencies, and long-term service level agreements (SLAs) that span both technology and business process services.

Just as the market definition and scope for outsourcing services has evolved over the past decade, so too has the purchasing audience. Historically, IT executives have been the primary buyers of outsourcing services, largely due to the technology intensive nature of early outsourcing arrangements. While the CIO’s role is still integral to the decision-making process, financial and business-line executives and CEOs are now driving the need for more business process-focused outsourcing solutions and therefore have emerged as a new buyer.

How to find clients

The following is advice to IT services/software and professional service firms looking to enter the outsourcing market.

1. Seek objective analyst opinions. Meet at least quarterly with industry analysts, who cover outsourcing industry and managed solutions companies. Schedule in-person visits to brief these groups on your firm’s history, client experience and vision. Likewise, analysts can help validate your marketing approach, serving as third-party, unbiased advisers that in turn educate potential customers, partners and investors.

Many analysts host conferences and publish newsletters and special reports on outsourcing topics in which you can participate.

2. Participate in industry/educational forums. Outsourcing conferences enable companies to showcase their clients’ success stories and achievements. This interactive, peer-to-peer format allows business prospects in a similar industry to address common challenges, learn by example, and to meet the outsourcing partners behind customer achievements.

3. Host seminars and Webinars. In a market saturated with hundreds of seminar offerings, companies have the most success with brief (two hours or less), highly targeted programs that demonstrate solutions geared to business challenges within a specific industry. Webinars are also attractive to sponsors and clients alike because they are cost-effective, require no travel and contain similar content to live seminars.

4. Leverage the media. The media is a powerful and influential source for educating potential customers on outsourcing trends and solutions. Consider contributing to publications that feature customer case studies, quote industry experts and publish opinion articles authored by outsourcing company experts.

5. Evaluate your partnership strategy. Many smaller and mid-sized firms are attracted to the deep expertise and capabilities of the large outsourcing companies, yet often find their services cost-prohibitive. When targeting this market segment, companies like Kanbay offer a blended model for the financial services industry, engaging with clients and managing risk-similar to larger outsourcers with whom partners — but at competitive rates.

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The author is a Writer working with a leading software development company, which deals with software outsourcing, offshore outsourcing and offshore software development. Get more valuable information at http://www.a1technology.com.

Five Ways To Find Outsourcing Clients
About John Parker
The author is a Writer working with a leading software development company, which deals with software outsourcing, offshore outsourcing and offshore software development. Get more valuable information at http://www.a1technology.com. WebProNews Writer
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