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 [...]

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 3Q12 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 firms’ advisors, who are working closely with end-user organizations that [...]

What’s on the 2012 Agenda: Costs, Clouds and Conflicts?

Stan Lepeak, Global Research Director, KPMG Management Consulting KPMG recently conducted a global poll of its firms’ professionals to assess what they view as the top market trends that will impact their clients in 2012.  This poll canvassed professionals from the firms’ Management Consulting, Risk Consulting, Audit, and Tax service groups.  KPMG discussed some of [...]

Shared service centre staff: a missed talent opportunity?

Anna Marie Detert, Director, People & Change, KPMG in the UK The creation and operation of a shared service centre is a significant investment for an organisation, yet the way staff are managed and motivated often reveals opportunities to increase their value, whether located on or offshore. While companies may have sophisticated human resource strategies [...]

Assessing the Maturity of Global Business Services Delivery

Organizations need to understand the maturity of their service delivery capabilities so they can measure progress in improving them over time and understand how far and fast to push these improvement efforts. In addition to measuring the own internal performance and improvement levels, they ideally need to also compare themselves to their peers.

Intellectual Property and Data Privacy in China: Done Deal or Adopter’s Delusion?

Stan Lepeak, Managing Director, Global Research, KPMG Shared Services and Outsourcing Advisory KPMG’s Shared Services and Outsourcing Advisory (SSOA) practice’s global leadership team recently completed a tour of Asia Pacific during which it examined sourcing trends into and out of that market.  This is the second in a series of blogs that will share these [...]

Sourcing in China for China’s Sake

Stan Lepeak, Director of Global Research, KPMG Shared Services and Outsourcing Advisory KPMG’s Shared Services and Outsourcing Advisory (SSOA) practice’s global leadership team recently completed a tour of Asia Pacific during which it examined sourcing trends into and out of that market.  This is the first in series of blogs that will share these findings [...]

Labor, Labor Everywhere but Not With Enough of the Skills We Need

Stan Lepeak, Director, Research, SSOA There is increasing evidence of a growing disparity between the available global labor pool and the available pool of labor with the skills required for many services and higher-end manufacturing jobs. The April, 2011 edition of KPMG’s High Growth Markets details rising wages and looming labor shortages in China as [...]

Global Sourcing – The Need for an Integrated Service Delivery Strategy and Model

Stan Lepeak, Director, Research, Shared Services and Outsourcing Advisory Often buyers have viewed global sourcing as a series of discrete options and capabilities (e.g., internal services, shared services, offshore captives, business process outsourcing and information technology outsourcing (ITO)) rather than a continuum of integrated service models. This is similar to the legacy perspective of viewing [...]

Which are Better for Finance and Accounting Outsourcing: Multinationals or Indian Providers?

Rick Bertheaud, Finance and Accounting Managing Director, North America Stan Lepeak, Managing Director, Global Research Inquiring minds want to know – is there a quantifiable difference in the service quality between the multinational finance and accounting outsourcing (FAO) providers (e.g. Accenture, IBM, HP, Capgemini and Steria) and the rising class of India-based FAO suppliers (e.g. [...]