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Shared Services Set-up Success: Intent is as Important as Execution | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

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Clients considering establishing a shared services center – or what we refer to as a Global In-house Center (GIC) – to deliver services, almost invariably ask us how successful the model is and whether it delivers on the expected business impacts.

To set the stage for answering the first question – how successful is the model? – the following chart shows that the number of new annual GIC set-ups has increased from <100 centers in 2015 to 145 centers in 2017, indicating a preference by companies to join the DIY bandwagon.

Shared Services Set-up Success Intent is as Important as Execution blog - GICMultiple factors contribute to this DIY trend, including: the need/desire to take a digital-first approach to service delivery; capacity/growth constraints in onshore locations; challenges with service provider performance; increased adoption of agile/DevOps; pressure to replicate the success of early adopters; and focus on end-to-end ownership in internal delivery.

Related: Is a Bigger Shared Services Center (or GIC) Always Better Performing? Maybe Not

But that chart only tells part of the pervasiveness story. While it would be reasonable to state that the primary adopters of the GIC model are large enterprises, almost half of the new centers set up since 2014 have been established by small (USD <1.5 billion revenue) and mid-sized (USD <10 billion revenue) enterprises.  This adoption – seen across technology, telecom, manufacturing, healthcare, and BFSI verticals – reflects that small and small and medium enterprises recognize the successes the large organizations in their sectors have achieved with the model. By all accounts and measures, it’s clear that use of GICs is becoming truly broad-based.

Related: Learn more about Everest Group’s Shared Services Center capabilities

Expected Business Impacts

Here are a few examples of the business impact real-world GICs are delivering beyond arbitrage.

  • Improve Customer Experience – a European insurance firm’s GIC developed a mobile app for auto insurance customers; the app has reduced claims turnaround time from 2-5 days to 3-6 hours
  • Drive Innovation – a leading snacks company’s GIC developed an app for selling in-store displays to retailers; the app has reduced the rejection rate by 20 percent
  • Contribute to Revenue – a financial services firm’s GIC has helped increase product revenue by 17 percent through analytics on product positioning in the retail market
  • Drive Operational Excellence – a leading bank’s GIC has delivered savings of ~40 percent with substantial reduction in end-to-end delivery time for the customer by deploying robotic process automation
  • Reduce Errors – a leading financial institution’s GIC has improved the commercial lending analytical models, resulting in identification of additional US$15 million worth of deals that would otherwise have been ignored.

Getting Intentional with Business Impacts

Of course, the only way to ensure business impact beyond arbitrage is by intentionally establishing the GIC to deliver business impact.

For example, we’re currently supporting a global investment management firm through the “impact-first” approach to its GIC set-up. Instead of starting operations with low-value transactional processing, the GIC will predominantly deliver high-end technology services to build tools and systems for quantitative research. The talent model is skill-centric, not scale-centric, and geared to build high-end skills in a sustainable manner. And because a key enabler of delivering business impact is ownership, the GIC will have end-to-end delivery ownership and a seat at the parent’s table to shape its evolution journey from the beginning. All these intentional actions will give the GIC a head-start in delivering business impact, and enable it to leapfrog its more tenured peers.

Overall, having an intentional approach during set-up can significantly influence and enhance the type of business impact the GIC delivers, and how soon it kicks in. And a well-thought-out approach is more likely to keep the expectations from the GIC in check, and its performance assessment objective.

Have you taken an intentional business impact approach with your GIC? Please share your experiences with us at [email protected] or [email protected].  To learn more about how we serve GICs, click here.

Global Services Providers in the ‘Right Segments’ Will See Double-Digit Surge in 2018, But Others Will See Revenue Tide Recede—Everest Group | Press Release

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Everest Group predicts enterprises will express preference for GICs and make significant shifts in their locations strategies in the year ahead.

 Although 2018 will see a modest increase in demand for global services overall, some leading service providers in select segments will experience a double-digit surge in revenues this year, according to Everest Group. Labor-arbitrage focused service providers will continue to create a drag on the market; however, digital-focused service providers will more than offset that, especially in key segments such as engineering services, business process outsourcing (BPO), and consulting and systems integration.

“Throughout 2017, outsourcing transaction activity was driven by an increased adoption of digital services, and this trend will continue in 2018 as more enterprises move beyond exploration and pilot projects to large-scale digital implementations,” said Salil Dani, vice president, Global Sourcing, at Everest Group. “The industry is ready to act: enterprises have undertaken copious research and testing, service providers have invested in acquiring the digital capabilities needed, and the market is being lifted by availability of funding, cheap capital, tax cuts in the United States, and low interest rates.”

Global In-house Center (GIC) setup activity was at an all-time high in 2017, and Everest Group predicts that the Do-It-Yourself, in-house model will become even more popular in 2018, with small and mid-sized enterprises driving Global In-house Center (GIC) setup activity.

Moreover, large enterprise outsourcing adopters will begin to undertake significant, long-term shifts in their location strategies, including the following:

  • Large-scale consolidation of services, as technology takes away huge sections of demand through straight-through processing (STP), self-service and automation
  • Rebalancing of work across locations
  • High-degree of co-location as growing technology and digital adoption blurs the boundaries between IT, non-voice business processes and voice processes
  • Creation of niche onshore and offshore centers of excellence to handle complex, exceptions-based work
  • Increased focus on onshore delivery due to regulatory changes and the need for agile, co-located innovation teams
  • Gradual shift of offshore centers from delivery of transactional to complex work through upskilling and cross-skilling talent bases.

These findings and more are discussed in Everest Group’s recently published report, “Market Vista™: 2017 Year in Review and Outlook for 2018.” This annual report covers the key forces and metrics defining the global sourcing market, including trends in outsourcing, digital adoption, and Global In-house Centers (GICs), as well as insights into location activity in offshore and nearshore geographies. The report also reviews 25 leading service providers on their annual performance, capability enhancements, merger and acquisition landscape, and other key events.

***Download a complimentary abstract of “Market Vista™: 2017 Year in Review and Outlook for 2018”.***

GICs Accelerating the Automation Gear in Their Digital Drive! | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

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In the beginning of the digital revolution, GICs were primarily used as hotspots for analytic services. But in their quest to deliver more value-added services to the parent organization, many are accelerating their ability to serve as strategic innovation partners by significantly expanding their portfolio of digital-focused activity. In fact, our most recent Market VistaTM report showed that digital activity in new setups and expansions jumped 900 basis points between Q4 2016 and Q4 2017.

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Like most organizations dipping their toe into the digital pool for the first time, GICs initially focused on automating processes through technologies such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA). However, in last couple of years, they have also started leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve in areas such as customer experience, operational efficiency, risk management, and development of digital products and services for the market. After realizing the benefits of RPA and AI, some of the mature GICs are also now testing the waters for cognitive computing.

Here is a sampling of the digital use cases coming out of today’s GICs:

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Of course, changes and challenges abound in the rapidly evolving digital environment. Here are several that will impact GICs in 2018.

  • War for talent: Although they’re upskilling/reskilling their existing workforce, GICs will still need external talent for critical skills such as intuition and innovation, design thinking, pattern recognition, leadership, and problem solving. They’ll struggle to find this talent due to demand-supply imbalances.
  • Ecosystem partnerships: We expect GICs to accelerate their technology adoption through increased partnerships with service providers, technology vendors, start-ups, and educational institutions to deliver new forms of value, such as innovation, automation, and speed to market.
  • Delivery locations beyond India: While India will remain a favored location for enterprises to introduce new technologies, our GIC market activity tracking (see our recently released Market VistaTM report) suggests that other locations such as Brazil, Ireland, Israel, Romania, and Singapore may gain traction in near future. Israel is already progressing to support a range of digital functions such as IoT, AI, and data analytics for customer experience and cybersecurity services.

There’s no question that GICs have the ability to drive the digital agenda for their enterprises. To gain a deep-dive understanding of how they’re doing so today, and what they plan to do in the near future, Everest Group is conducting an online survey. This first-ever assessment will be based on our proprietary Pinnacle ModelTM, which identifies what the best performers are doing to achieve strategic business objectives and deliver increased value. We invite you to participate in this survey.