Taking a Pulse on the Global Business Services Market: Results from the Front Lines

Stan Lepeak, Global Research Director, KPMG LLP Advisory KPMG LLP (KPMG) recently released the results of its global 1Q13 Sourcing Advisory Pulse surveys. These Pulse surveys provide insights into trends and projections in end-user organizations’ usage of global business services (GBS).  Two prior blogs (click here for the first and second in series) reviewed various […]

Hello, My Name is Vicki. Why does networking have to be so hard to do?

Vicki Phelan, KPMG Director, Shared Services & Outsourcing, Life Sciences Advisory (Vicki Phelan is cofounder of Women in Shared Services and Outsourcing. She is a life-long networker and credits her success to the many people she’s met along the way.) Networking is big business today. Not just for those who network effectively, but for the […]

This Just in (Again!): Organizations’ GBS Ambitions (Still) Outpace Their Capabilities to Manage Efforts

Stan Lepeak, Global Research Director, KPMG LLP Advisory KPMG International recently released the results of its global 1Q13 Sourcing Advisory Pulse surveys. These Pulse surveys provide insights into trends and projections in end-user organizations’ usage of global business services (GBS). A prior blog reviews the highlights of this quarter’s Pulse. Organizations are continuing to expand […]

Taking a Pulse on the Global Business Services Market – (Nearly) as Global as Ever

Stan Lepeak, Global Research Director, KPMG LLP Advisory KPMG recently released the results of its global 1Q13 Sourcing Advisory Pulse surveys. These Pulse surveys provide insights into trends and projections in end-user organizations’ usage of global business services (GBS). The learnings are gleaned from KPMG International member firms’ (KPMG firms’) advisors, who are working closely […]

Transforming Cost Allocation: Finding Value in Transparency

Mike Gough, Manager, KPMG LLP and Jeff Gregoire, Director, KPMG LLP Say the words “cost allocations,” and your audience immediately thinks “expensive,” “formulaic,” “not based in reality,” and maybe worse.  Cost allocations are nothing new, but managing them correctly is. It’s the difference between providing a required service versus providing a value-based service with obvious […]

Taking a Pulse on the Global Business Services Market: What’s on the Agenda for 2013?

Stan Lepeak, Global Research Director, KPMG LLP Advisory KPMG recently released the results of its global 4Q12 Sourcing Advisory Pulse surveys. These Pulse surveys provide insights into trends and projections in end-user organizations’ usage of global business services (GBS). A prior blog reviews the highlights of this quarter’s Pulse.    As is does in each […]

Taking a Pulse on the Global Business Services Market: Results from the Front Lines

Stan Lepeak, Global Research Director, KPMG LLP Advisory KPMG recently released the results of its global 4Q12 Sourcing Advisory Pulse (Pulse) surveys. These Pulse surveys provide insights into trends and projections in end-user organizations’ usage of global business services (GBS). A prior blog reviews the highlights of this quarter’s Pulse. Below are the results from […]

Taking a Pulse on the Global Business Services Market: (More Specialized) Outsourcing Demand Rebounds

Stan Lepeak, Global Research Director, KPMG LLP Advisory KPMG recently released the results of its global 4Q12 Sourcing Advisory Pulse surveys. These Pulse surveys provide insights into trends and projections in end-user organizations’ usage of global business services (GBS). The learnings are gleaned from KPMGI member firms’ advisors, who are working closely with end-user organizations […]

What’s Green on the Outside and Red on the Inside? Service level agreements and watermelons.

By Dave Brown, Principal, KPMG LLP Advisory An odd comparison to be sure, but too often, we have found that executives see only the green on the outside of a service relationship while everyone else closer to the middle of it sees red.  I call it the “watermelon effect.” All sourcing arrangements have some kind […]

The Global Business Services (GBS) Top 10 List: More Strategy. More Value. More to Think About.

James O’Callaghan, Partner, KPMG Management Consulting As companies embrace the strategic value of shared services organizations (SSO), the lens starts to shift from pure cost saving to the effective use of the skills, resources, and capabilities in which businesses have already invested. Other issues such as consumer demands, market conditions, regulatory pressures, taking advantage of […]