Netsourcing: Packaging up the Service Providers!

February 17th, 2014

How are you leveraging one of the biggest trends in technical sourcing for your company?

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

The role technology has played in the business world has continued to evolve at rates that are greater than anything has affected it before.  Much like the person who leases cars instead of buying because they like to keep up with the latest and greatest, IT departments are beginning to find that this concept not only works but has become a requirement for doing business in the 21st century.  They cannot justify making large investments in hardware and software when those purchases are only current for a short period of time.  That is where netsourcing comes in.   Netsourcing is the practice of renting space for managed business applications to be managed internally or externally by a 3rd party allowing companies to receive just the services they need and pay for them as long as them need them.  Many companies are familiar with Managed Service Providers (MSP) and Application Service Providers (ASP) but may not know some of the other types of services available to them.

Storage Service Providers (SSP)  – Many companies may not think they are using companies that provide storage services, however almost every company in the world has employees that are.   Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud are just a few of the services being provided by companies to store files and data.  The advantage of these cloud-based services is that their data is backed up and secure and can be grown to any size needed at any time with the click of a mouse.  The user purchases no hardware and pays for only what they need.  Other companies such as OwnCloud offer similar solutions that can be hosted by the customer themselves and can even leverage the cloud-based advantages if they are already doing this today.

exSourcers – These services are offered by companies to handle standard businesses processes in a way that connects their customers to external sources for anything from IT hardware to temporary services.  An example of this kind of service would be a 3rd party who works with their company to procure plastic bags.  Instead of locating and providing those bags they connect a community of bag suppliers with their customer in a way that allows all of those suppliers an equal chance to compete for that business and differentiate themselves from the other suppliers.  Many times these exSourcers are providing opportunities for new suppliers that would have never been considered for the business while providing their customers a greater pool of options.

Commerce Service Providers (CSP) – Commerce Service Providers will work with a company to help them focus on the sales of a particular and focused line of products.  Through CRM data and focuse and high powered analytics these companies can direct a company where to focus their efforts of marketing, merchandising and sales and then provide them the online channels to allow them to achieve greater results.  From the online interface, to handling customer payments, to working with logistics for fulfillment, these CSPs can take a medium sized business and grow their revenue exponentially in a short amount of time.

For more information on how SafeSourcing can assist your team with finding NetSourcing options for your business or on our “Risk Free” trial program, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service Representative.  We have an entire customer services team waiting to assist you today.

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