Ben Trowbridge

Clear Thoughts on Cloudy Approaches

Posted by Ben Trowbridge on Friday, 22 October 2010 19:50
Categories: Outsourcing

I had the opportunity to facilitate a roundtable discussion about the next generation of ITO and Cloud Computing at a recent Sourcing Interests Group (SIG) gathering.

The roundtable discussion helped everyone realize that, at least in the short term, cloud services must co-exist with other delivery models in the enterprise.

That being the said, Alsbridge offers these key thoughts for those who are considering cloud-based solutions within their outsourcing agreements...

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The Future of Cloud Computing and Infrastructure Benchmarking

Posted by Ben Trowbridge on Friday, 15 October 2010 19:09
Categories: Strategy

I recently made a trip to Bangalore, India where I had the opportunity to address members of the 2010 NASSCOM IMS Summit on infrastructure benchmarking and the future of cloud computing. While there, I met with more than 300 professionals and senior executives from the India-based outsourcing community where the foremost topic on everyone’s mind was cloud computing.

For most people in the outsourcing industry, cloud computing represents one of the most significant shifts and exciting shifts in information technology in recent years. Reaching the point where computing functions as a utility has great potential, promising innovations we cannot yet imagine. But despite the promise of innovation I find many businesses are still wrestling with concerns such as security and the loss of direct control over systems that potentially comes with cloud computing...

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Striking a Balance between the Risk and Reward of Outsourcing

Posted by Ben Trowbridge on Friday, 08 October 2010 21:10
Categories: Strategy

The best outsourcing agreement is not necessarily the one with the lowest price.The best outsourcing contracts strike a balance and focus on the primary goal of meeting business needs on day one and throughout the life of the contract. Alsbridge has come up with five strategies and guidelines to help companies align their outsourcing agreements with internal strategies and requirements.


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Alsbridge Named to the Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Posted by Ben Trowbridge on Tuesday, 28 September 2010 22:22
Categories: Strategy


Alsbridge Ranks No. 397 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 740%

Inc. magazine has ranked Alsbridge Inc. NO. 397 on its 29th annual Inc. 500. The list is an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies and represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs.

The 2010 Inc. 500, unveiled in the September issue of Inc. magazine (available on newsstands August 24 to November 16 and on Inc.com), is a group of companies that are smaller but much faster-growing than last year’s crop. Aggregate revenue is $11.3 billion - down from last year's $18.4 billion - but median three-year growth is 1,231 percent, substantially up from last year’s 880.5 percent. The companies on this year's list employ more than 45,000 people.

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ProBenchmark is Giving Away a FREE IT BENCHMARK Valued at Over $25,000

Posted by Ben Trowbridge on Tuesday, 21 September 2010 20:37
Categories: Benchmarking

ProBenchmark is shaking up the IT benchmarking industry and will be hosting a complimentary webinar on Thursday, September 30th from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET to showcase their new software driven benchmarking tool. And to prove just how easy it is to deliver a faster, better, lower cost IT benchmark one webinar attendee will win a FREE IT BENCHMARK valued at over $25,000!

Attendees of this webinar will see how ProBenchmark's patent-pending, software driven parametric models are transforming the IT market with a new software driven benchmarking tool that is:
•    Faster - 3 week IT benchmark
•    Better - Exact scenario modeling
•    Lower cost - 70% below current market rates
 
Organizations like NASA have already used ProBenchmark's accurate, reliable services to help make fact-based IT buying decisions .

Register today at: http://freebenchmark.com/

1 attendee will win a free benchmark!



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To Renew, Renegotiate, or Rebid: That is the Question

Posted by Ben Trowbridge on Thursday, 02 September 2010 15:55

Renewals aren’t always the right answer.

Over that last five years service providers have become more efficient in providing higher quality services at a lower price. Additionally, outsourcing agreements have become more balanced and fair to both the customer and service provider.

In order to take advantage of these gains, customers have to enter into tough negotiations and potentially a competitive procurement. But, better contracts with price reductions as much 20 percent can’t be ignored.

But how do you even begin to understand how to get the process started? One of the most effective ways to begin is with a thorough market assessment. In other words, how does your contract quality, efficiency, legal protection, and rates compare to market agreements?

So what is the right answer – Renew, Renegotiate or Rebid? I propose the following:

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5 Steps to Take before You Renegotiate Your Outsourcing Contract

Posted by Ben Trowbridge on Tuesday, 10 August 2010 16:59

It’s time to renegotiate your outsourcing contract. Are you prepared?

The outsourcing contract renegotiation process is extremely complex. In my experience, clients who are unprepared almost always leave significant financial savings on the table or structure a deal that leads to future relationship issues and service disruptions. The best way to avoid these consequences is to understand how and when to renegotiate your outsourcing agreement...

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Alsbridge Acquires TAG to add Telecom Solutions

Posted by Ben Trowbridge on Tuesday, 12 January 2010 21:35
Categories: Strategy

What a way to kick off the New Year?  Alsbridge continues to grow organically and has just added a new service line to our suite of offerings to clients.  I’m excited!

We’ve just introduced what I believe is a step-change in the sourcing advisory space by acquiring TAG, the leading experts in procurement, contract negotiation and expense management of telecommunications services including voice, data, wireless, internet, local, and international services. 

In my opinion, Alsbridge already had the best methodology and database of information to assist clients to reduce costs and improve services levels in information technology and business processes.  Now, we have data-driven capabilities in the telecommunications network space as well. 

I’ve watched the outsourcing industry grow up and seen its sibling – the telecommunications network services industry – growing side by side.  And since moving to the sourcing advisory space in 2003, we’ve worked side by side with consulting firms in the telecom network spaces.  Combining the expertise in both spaces has long made sense to me, but I hadn’t found a firm with the right focus on service delivery excellence until we began talks with TAG.  The acquisition of TAG is a continuation of a strategic plan to acquire data-rich consulting capabilities to be able to provide a wider set of services to our clients and meet today’s as well as tomorrow’s need to reduce cost across the enterprise.

Simply put, no other sourcing advisory firm can provide clients with the depth of expertise in sourcing information technology, business processes and telecommunications network services.  Our current and future clients will benefit greatly from the synergies!



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Alsbridge Supports the Troops

Posted by Ben Trowbridge on Wednesday, 11 November 2009 15:47
Categories: Government

The Marine Corps’ birthday followed by Veterans Day are on the 10th and 11th of November each year.  They are special holidays for all veterans and Marines.  Marines often think it is rather special for the country to give them the day off after their birthday parties to relax and rest before going on to their next objective. -:) This year I am traveling to Toronto and back and will celebrate this weekend!

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Tractors or Ferraris: Choosing Your Ride Well

Posted by Ben Trowbridge on Monday, 21 September 2009 22:49
Categories: Outsourcing

In the recent past, there were three clear levels of infrastructure outsourcing that were easy to understand: managed services, hosting services, and the new entrant, cloud computing.  My prediction is the three have begun to morph into a single market that is now separated only by speed, access, and service levels.  Each developed independently into very different, viable options in this now single market.   Who would have ever thought GoDaddy, Rackspace and EDS would evolve and begin to slowly blur the lines on what IT outsourcing is? 

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