2013 Hot 2013 Sourcing Categories – Part II of V

November 27th, 2012

With the New Year approaching what are the hot categories to review for your company this year?”

Today’s post is by Mark Davis; Sr. Vice President of Operations and CTO at SafeSourcing.

Yesterday we began a series of blogs looking at the hot categories being expected to be sourced by companies in 2013 starting with a view of mobile products and services.  Today we will take a look at Managed Services which have become an increasing part of corporate strategies as workforces continue to take hits in their numbers.

Baby Boomer Retirement and a Slumping Economy are two of the biggest reasons that companies have lost staff in the past ten years.  While the economy is showing some signs of life, the rapidly depleting Baby Boomer workforce will continue to deplete over the next ten years leaving many holes especially in skilled areas.  Because of this trend many companies are looking more and more to outsourcing their needs to Managed Service Companies who specialize in an area and have an experienced and skilled staff to handle it.  

Print Services – More and more companies are beginning to move towards having a third party company handle all of the maintenance and support for their printers and copiers throughout the organization.  Be employing this service companies don’t have to worry about keeping an inventory of toner on hand and a staff of employees to maintain the printer fleet.  With IT staffs being reduced so frequently this is not only a boost to the staff but also a very cost-effective move.

Managed Temporary Labor – Later this week we will discuss the areas of temporary labor that many companies will be moving towards in 2013, but today we will look at the management of those firms and temporary workforce employees.   Frequently large National companies will employee temporary workers to augment their own staffs.  They will get these employees from a variety of sources, sometimes with agreements in place and sometimes not.  By employing a contingent labor Managed Service Provider you can have a common source of billing and support as the independent company deals with the sources of labor and rates for you.

Managed IT Services – There are few areas of the company that are getting hit as hard as the IT departments.   As talented workforce exits the workplace, and increasing college costs limiting the number of new employees coming into the workforce, more companies are beginning to look to outsourcing their IT services to a third party company to take care of their needs rather than trying to increase their own staff.  This will definitely be the case in 2013 as companies whose core competency is non-IT related begin to determine the best way to optimize their expenses.

For more information on how SafeSourcing can help you source these or any of products and services discussed this week, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service Representative. Please join us for tomorrow’s post on Marketing and Social Media Planning Services. 

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