I spoke to a reporter from India (Reed Business Information) this morning regarding outsourcing and more specifically the impact on Infosys. He informed me my view was “different” than everyone else and I could only reply that I was used to that comment. Most Americans want “in-sourcing” because they want to bring jobs back to North America, I want service organizations to realize it is a poor financial decision to take this call center or IT outsourcing strategy.
Decisions are made in command and control fashion from the financials without knowledge of the work and/or based on scientific management theory that has long proven . . . outdated. So here are 3 things to consider before you outsource:
- The Work. For a call center what is the type and frequency of demand. More importantly is the demand value or failure? Most call centers have between 25 – 75% failure demand in their call centers and after outsourced lock in the costs of this failure demand. For software development it is the realization that software is not developed in a production line, software is developed from knowledge about the work. When developers are separated from the work it almost guarantees a poor outcome in what is coded leading to multiple rounds of rework that quickly lose their “cost advantage.”
- Economies of Flow. Economies of scale drives American business. Few understand “economies of flow” is the real driver of costs. Trapped in this wrong paradigm service organizations separate functions of work outsourcing pieces leading to sub-optimization (improving the cost of one area at the expense of all others increasing total costs).
- Ancillary Costs. There are technology costs, contracting costs, turnover costs, training costs, meeting costs, customer impact costs, etc. Look hard at what really is involved and you will probably find other hidden costs.
Evaluating these 3 areas before outsourcing can lead you to better decision-making about what your service organization should do when considering an outsourcing strategy or even an in-sourcing strategy.
Tripp Babbitt is a speaker, blogger and consultant to service industry (private and public). He is focused on exposing the problems of command and control management and the termination of bad service through application of new thinking . . . systems thinking. Download free Understanding Your Organization as a System and gain knowledge of systems thinking or contact us about our evaluation of in-sourcing or outsourcing strategies at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reach him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TriBabbitt.Share This: