Blog > Komentarze do wpisu

Lesson 81: What is outsourcing?

Economy growing, competition increasing, and businesses expanding; a lot has happened in these few years and a lot more is about to happen. So where do we stand in this competitive economy if we are not in tune with the major trends of today's business. One such major trend being 'Outsourcing'. So what is Outsourcing all about? Let us find out in depth.

Outsourcing to put it in definition would mean, shifting or delegating a company's day to day operations or business processes to an external service provider; of course done in anticipation of better quality, lower rates and in a sense getting an edge over one's competitors. Not clear? Well to be more precise; Outsourcing is the work done for a company by people other than the company's full time employees. Now these people could be anywhere and they might have their offices in any part of the world, speaking a different language and working in a different time frame. That's the reason why selecting your outsourcing destination becomes so very important.

Now please bear in mind that outsourcing is different from contracting as in contracting the buyer is in total control of the process, while in outsourcing there is transfer of control of the process to the supplier.

What kind of services can you outsource?

Outsourcing of services can be mainly divided in to technological services outsourcing and business process outsourcing.

Why should I outsource?

There are hundreds of reasons to justify Outsourcing. It allows you to cut costs, increase profitability and productivity, provide better service at lower rates and many other.

Who should outsource?

If you ask us, we would say there are no particular objections. Almost all companies right from small office home offices, to small and medium scale industries to major large scale industries can take advantage of outsourcing. After all why should anyone stay back?

The final word

Outsourcing as globalization is a phenomena or rather an evolution that was waiting to happen. There may be oppositions and there may be speculations about Outsourcing; but the success stories by far outdo the others, to turn this unavoidable phenomenon into a win-winultimately it's you who has to decide what's good and what's bad. A strategic vision, better planning and good outsourcing knowledge could well help you in creating an Outsourcing success story.

 

GLOSSARY

increase - to (make something) become larger in amount or size

expand - to increase in size, number or importance, or to make something increase in this way

to be about to do sth - to be going to do something very soon

in tune with - If you are in tune with people or ideas, you understand or agree with them, and if you are out of tune with them, you do not

in depth - in a serious and detailed way

shift - to get rid of something unwanted, or to sell something

delegate - to give a particular job, duty, right, etc. to someone else so that they do it for you

day to day - happening every day as a regular part of your job or life

external - coming from the outside

in anticipation of - in preparation for something happening

getting an edge over - to have an advantage over

destination - the place where someone is going or where something is being sent or taken

contract - to make a legal agreement with someone to do work or to have work done for you

transfer - to move someone or something from one place, vehicle, person or group to another

supplier - a company, person, etc. that provides things that people want or need, especially over a long period of time

win-win - A win-win situation or result is one that is good for everyone who is involved

take advantage of - to use the good things in a situation

stay back - to keep one's distance from someone or something.

phenomena - something that exists and can be seen, felt, tasted, etc., especially something which is unusual or interesting

ultimately - used to emphasize the most important fact in a situation

unavoidable - impossible to avoid

objections - when someone expresses or feels opposition to or dislike of something or someone

 

EXERCISE I

Read the text and answer the question True or False

1. Outsourcing is basically the procuring of services or products, from an outside supplier or manufacturer in order to cut costs.

2. The matter of selecting your outsourcing destination is important because the people cannot be from anywhere.

3. The difference between contracting and outsourcing is that the buyer is in charge of the process, whereas, in outsourcing it is the supplier who controls the process

4. The main advantage of outsourcing is that it takes a lot of responsibility from  the company’s  shoulders.

 

EXERCISE II

Fill in the gaps with the missing words from the glossary

1. The cost of the project has ………………dramatically since it began.

2. Much of his success comes from being in …………….. with what his customers want.

3. As a boss you have to ………………. responsibilities to your staff.

4. She's even decorated the spare room in ………………. of your visit.

5. They have just …………………. our company to build shelters for the homeless.

6. Flexible working hours are a ………………….. situation for employers and employees

7. I thought I'd take …………………… of the sports facilities while I'm here.

 

Sprawdź odpowiedzi na Angielski.Gazeta.pl

poniedziałek, 08 lutego 2010, kurs_praca

Polecane wpisy

Komentarze
2013/02/19 23:43:09
Zastanawiam się jaki jest sens postawienia takiego blogu. Czy to naprawdę pomaga ludziom. Rozumiem jakaś aplikacja jak w przypadku podatków która pomaga nam i instruuje jak wypełnić pit 37.
Partner
Obrazek tygodnia