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The local market needs more added-value and complex projects to be developed by the companies

The statement has been uttered within this year's Romanian Outsourcing and Shared Services Summit by Catalina Dodu, Country Manager at Atos, pointing to the local enablers that could enhance the innovation and talent capabilities in Romania.

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Business in the service of a higher purpose

Business with a purpose emerged as a trend to develop into a strategic ongoing development within companies and projects for many years in Romania, but the trend gets stronger each year.

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Value creation enabled by people and innovation

As CEO of SG EBS since July 2018, you took over the Group's development strategy of the company on the Romanian market. Please share with us some of your conclusions, after almost one year of mandate, and plans regarding the future development of the company's services.

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Having a say in the world of the business service leaders

In Romania, The Association of Business Service Leaders in Romania (ABSL) is the organization that represents the business services sector in Romania, gathering high profile companies which conduct business in the areas of Shared Services Centre (SSC), Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO), Research and Development (R&D), and other companies which contribute to the sector's growth.

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Bogdan Pelinescu, president of ABSL: At least 6.000 people to be enrolled in outsourcing industry in 2019 in Romania

Around 6.000 professionals are estimated to be hired in the outsourcing sector in Romania this year, according to a study conducted by Romanian Business Service Leaders Association (ABSL) and consultancy company KPMG.

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Steven Hunt, SAP SuccessFactors: Tectonic movements in the world of work

The world of work will be shaped by five tectonic movements – or global megatrends – over the next few years. As you may guess from the geological analogy, the effects could be dramatic.

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Noni Jain, Wipro Europe: It is fundamental how you coach the employees and prepare them for the next level of an evolving organization

How do you attract and retain a globally-mobile workforce? What technologies do you need in your arsenal to get the most from the tech-savvy "Generation Y"? To drive innovation and attract and retain top talent, companies are seeking creative, "cool" workplace solutions that offer a variety of amenities and the latest technology.

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Engagement and inclusion through direct feedback from employees

As an example offered by Olga Botusan at Stefanini, the company implemented a satisfaction survey in previous years, and they constantly use the results and the feedback of colleagues to come up with better solutions for the upcoming year, designed to implement actions that are directly related to their requests.

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Creating a valuable customer experience driven by core values of a company

As HR becomes more and more integrated within the company's long-term strategic business strategies, the digitalization and high-technologies impacting the processes also have to be mirrored at the level of HR departments.

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Ergonomics in practice - 5 tips for better health at work

Ergonomics is so much more than standing up during the day and sitting correctly. There are so many factors in our environment which also have an effect on our health, and influence our wellbeing at work. The point of good ergonomics in the office is to feel well. If you succeed in creating a working environment for wellbeing you will also succeed in having happy colleagues and increased productivity. Therefore, Kinnarps provides

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Human Capital Management

The current issue of Outsourcing Today magazine has been released, with its seventh edition's cover story focused on the Human Capital Management, centered on the interview with Tom Hobson, General Manager of ADP Romania.

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How to become people savvy?

The discussions in the panel of this summer's OT Learning and Development's roundtable underlined the necessity of providing the learning and the knowledge transfer when the necessity occurs, customized and applicable on each type of job and professional individuality.

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From a Romanian business venture to a place called home

Vivek Bakshi, the General Manager of International Operations (Europe) at Wipro Technologies has spent more than a decade in Romania, heading the Wipro's International Locations/ Delivery Centers Europe from Bucharest.

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Ciprian Dan, Wipro BPS: The industry needs to take a more sophisticated turn

According to Ciprian Dan, Location Head at Wipro BPS, the language skills have not ceased to remain one of the competitive advantages for our market but to relate to this advantage as the sole plus is risky on the long term.

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Olga Botusan, Stefanini: There is a huge need to develop particular skills for specific areas

Stefanini is a company strongly involved in the business shared industry not only for creating the demand for workforce and hiring but also for the programs developed in order to specialize the needed professionals.

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Romanian Outsourcing & Shared Services Summit: In the search of the best strategy to stay relevant

Currently, according to companies operating in outsourcing and business shared services in Romania, there is an intense discussion regarding the availability of prepared workforce in the industry. Even if the companies in outsourcing are the most dynamic in terms of distribution and growth for the number of employees in the past years, the demand for professionals is high and the current offer of graduates doesn't seem to meet it.

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TELUS International: How to keep customers front and center when scaling your business

Learn how to ensure the customer experience grows in tandem with your company's products and services

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TELUS International: Meeting Millennial traveler needs: Lessons from the sharing economy

Discover the Millennial travel demands reshaping the industry and building brand loyalty in the process

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TELUS International: Four reasons why artificial intelligence belongs in your customer service strategy

Discover how artificial intelligence is helping contact centers deliver a more effective and engaging customer experience

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TELUS International: Discover some top ways brands can leverage speech analytics to improve the customer experience

Key Takeaways Speech analytics provides actionable data from voice-based customer interactions that can be used to improve service delivery. Improving the customer experience starts with an analysis of agent performance. Implementing speech analytics with a particular goal in mind, and staying focused on the objective, will increase the likelihood for success

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TELUS International: Chatbots - The pros and cons of automated customer service

Learn what key factors to consider before introducing chatbots to your customer service strategy

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TELUS International: How to deliver winning mobile gaming player support – tips from industry experts

For a long time, the Nintendos, Segas and Sonys of the gaming world were king — but the rise of the smartphone opened the door to a new ruler: mobile games

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Why AFI Tech Park is the best value for money office project in Bucharest(P)

Based on the insight that location is a strong criteria employees take into consideration when choosing their workplace, AFI Europe Romania is currently developing AFI Tech Park, the newest office destination in Bucharest, in the area of 13 Septembrie and Tudor Vladimirescu Boulevards, developed under the motto "Time is money, don't spend it in traffic! "

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TELUS International: How fintech companies are attracting Gen Z through customer experience

Learn how fintech companies and traditional financial institutions are using an enhanced customer experience to capture the attention of Generation Z

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TELUS International: How customer service significantly improves with diversity in the workplace

Discover how cultivating a diverse workforce helps companies enhance their brand, attract top talent and deliver exceptional customer service

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TELUS International Europe: Why customer self-service is crucial for gaming player support

Learn four ways to deliver exceptional self-service player support to gamers

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Marian V. Popa, GM of DB Global Technology: Knowledge is absolutely necessary as the operating system of our activity

Romania has definitely established itself as "the" European destination of outsourcing – no matter if we speak about services, support or application development. The pace in which new companies are being set up or are extending is growing, hence the pressure on the market is growing as well.

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Andrei Romanescu, Managing Director of Veeam Romania: Outsourcing sector, a decade evolution

Since the early 2000s, this sector has grown at a significant rate (about 20-30% per year). The industry has evolved from focusing on cost and labour arbitrage to adding value – therefore the growth is not solely quantitative, but it is also a growth in terms of the benefit provided to the customers.

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TELUS International Europe: Discover how successful smart-home providers deliver exceptional customer service

Key Takeaways

• Internet of Things (IoT) connected home devices are making the contact center and customer service more important than ever. • A friendly approach and positive attitude are important, but there's no substitute for a deep knowledge and understanding of the technology • Look for opportunities to utilize consumer data from smart-home usage for a greater level of customer service

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TELUS International Europe: Enhancing customer experience in the hospitality industry

In an era of growing personalization and concierge support services, a European hotel chain is doing away with doormen, concierge, room service and even the little chocolates on your hotel room pillow

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TELUS International Europe: Improving customer satisfaction in the airline industry – lessons from Southwest Airlines

At a time when the airline industry has been plagued by one PR disaster after another, it may come as a surprise to learn that airline customer satisfaction has actually reached its highest level ever, according to JD Power

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TELUS International Europe: Three ways fast-growing tech companies can optimize their digital CRM

For many fast-growing technology companies, customer experience is at the heart of building a competitive advantage. And in the digital era, digitized customer support channels are absolutely key to delivering service that's comparable to larger and more established industry incumbents

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TELUS International Europe: Three ways tech unicorns are prioritizing customer service as a differentiator

There are just over 190 young tech companies in the world that are valued at more than $1 billion. But achieving ‘unicorn' status doesn't come without challenges. After all, the name describes a mythical and rarely caught creature

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TELUS International Europe: In the global war for talent, CSR goes from ‘nice to have' to ‘must have'

Building a corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy that truly impacts the vision and direction of a company can be a vital component of business success in the 21st century

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TELUS International Europe: How JetBlue keeps its (customers) cool in a crisis – Interview with JetBlue's customer commitment manager

This interview is from Issue 3 of Customers First magazine – sharing global insights on customer strategy and innovation in the travel and hospitality industry

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TELUS International Europe: Assessing omnichannel customer service readiness with our new Everest Group checklist

Omnichannel is often described as the Holy Grail of customer service. By providing customers a seamless interaction at all touch points in their journey, contact centers transform from cost centers to revenue drivers, gaining impressive top-line growth and customer loyalty in the process

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TELUS International Europe: Leveraging technology to deliver a high-touch customer experience

Whether a company is a start-up, an established brand or somewhere in between, Webit Festival Europe had something for everyone. One of the largest and most influential digital and technology events in Europe, this year's theme was ‘re: Inventing Europe's Future.'

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TELUS International Europe: How big banks and fintechs are working together to innovate the customer experience

Comparing financial technology (fintech) companies to legacy financial institutions can invoke an image of David and Goliath. Fintech firms may be small, particularly when compared to the established titans of banking and financial industries, but they're certainly fierce

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TELUS International Europe: The convergence of customer service and digital marketing/NewGen technologies: What does it mean for businesses?

Technology shapes the way we educate, communicate, conduct business and advance science, all while maintaining significant influence on the global economy. But the way we engage with technology is changing

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Preparing for the new future

Business shared services in Romania is by nature a flexible, mobile and diverse community and in this context, local markets develop their own particularities to address the global changes, to adjust to new demands and beat various challenges.

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EY: Work-life balance has become more difficult to be managed by one third of full-time employees in 8 large countries

EY's global survey of full-time workers in eight countries finds that one-third say managing work-life has become more difficult, with younger generations and parents hit hardest.

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Thierry Blain, SG EBS: Bringing teams to the next level

The journey of Societe Generale European Business Services began with the need for a strategic location to sustain and transform European operations of Societe Generale Group. The purpose was, from the early days, to deliver high-added-value services in various fields of activity for France and European entities of the Group. Since its creation in early 2011, SG EBS encountered a very fast growth to reach 1000 employees after less

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TELUS International Europe: Issue 3 - Customers First magazine! Strategy and innovation in travel and hospitality

The third issue of our Customers First magazine is now available! The latest edition is all about travel and hospitality, featuring insights from industry experts and top brands like JetBlue, Turo, Joie de Vivre, Lux* Resorts and Hotels and more. Grab the PDF. Or read it online  Read Full article »

TELUS International Europe: How the travel and hospitality industry can get ahead with omnichannel customer service

For companies in the travel and hospitality industry, having an omnichannel strategy is becoming critical to compete in a complex market of both traditional and high-tech players

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TELUS International Europe: Why tailoring customer service to Millennials and Baby Boomers is key for travel and hospitality

Personalization is no longer a gentle undercurrent for businesses looking to compete in today's fast-paced marketplace; it's more like a rip tide threatening to pull those who are too slow to adapt into an undertow

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TELUS International Europe: E-book: How to select the right Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in the contact center

Modern technology has given us the ability to quantify almost every action, including those taking place in the contact center. By monitoring and measuring business activities, companies have a greater ability to control costs, manage their workforce and ensure an exceptional customer experience in every interaction

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TELUS International Europe: Three ways travel and hospitality contact centers can localize the customer experience

Flight delays. Booking or check-in problems. Regional, cultural and linguistic differences. The travel and hospitality business can be a perfect storm for contact centers offering both added challenges and unique opportunities

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TELUS International Europe: How travel and hospitality brands are using data to improve the customer experience

From airline bookings, to hotel check-out, to the various customer service interactions that take place along the way, few industries have as many customer touch points — and expansive customer data — as the travel and hospitality business

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TELUS International Europe: How fast-growing companies can use outsourcing to scale business

In order to scale business efficiently, fast-growing companies need to be agile and smart with time and resources

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TELUS International Europe: Turning a satisfied customer into a loyal customer – Q&A with a hospitality expert

Leonardo Inghilleri literally wrote the book on customer service in the hospitality industry - and an international bestseller at that.

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TELUS International Europe: How Millennial call-center agents can better serve the aging population

With the number of seniors expected to reach 20.9 percent of the population by 2020, call centers are being increasingly confronted with the challenges of serving an aging population.

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TELUS International Europe: Launching your first customer support outsourcing project? Avoid these eight pitfalls

When properly planned, outsourcing your customer support can bring a boost to your business. It can help expand operations, reduce costs and even improve customer relationships

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TELUS International Europe: Four questions start-ups should ask when considering contact center outsourcing

Success can happen fast in the tech world. Six years ago, Snapchat was just a young start-up that made a time-sensitive messaging platform. Now it's valued at $20 billion

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TELUS International Europe: How to defuse a difficult customer service situation with email support

The following contains excerpts from TELUS International's white paper "The workhorse of the contact center: Optimizing email for the modern customer service environment." Download the free paper to find out how to make the most of your email support program

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TELUS International Europe: More proactive, personalized customer experience, thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT)

Industry research is apt to say we're on the cusp of a future full of "smart" devices — that is, billions of everyday items embedded with wireless internet connectivity

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TELUS International Europe: Fintech for the aging population: What to consider when developing more age-inclusive apps and customer service

There's a seemingly infinite number of mobile and desktop fintech applications that have hit the market over the past couple of years, offering platforms that run the gamut of financial services — promising better wealth management, smarter investing, lower interest rates and management fees, easier charitable donations, peer-to-peer payments and more

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TELUS International Europe: Three considerations when outsourcing your voice-based customer support

When you think of contact center outsourcing, what's the first image that comes to mind? Chances are, it's one of those shiny stock photos of smiling agents talking on headset-style phones.

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Three areas where fintech start-ups are revolutionizing the customer experience

With advancing technology and increasing customer expectations, it's getting harder and harder for traditional banks and financial planners to stand out from the crowd in the minds of consumers

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To chatbot or not? Can automation boost response time and consumer trust?

Imagine this common scenario: A dissatisfied customer takes to social media to complain about receiving terrible customer service from a brand

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In a connected world, agent experience drives customer experience - guest post by IDC and TELUS International Europe

Guest post by Mary Wardley, Vice President, Customer Experience: Customer Service and Contact Center Solutions, IDC IoT initiatives are on the rise. As organizations embrace this game-changing technology, it continues to impact their ability to compete effectively in a digital worl

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Building on a career

How do you build a career in the new world of tech and computer science? How do people of so many skills and nationalities find their place in the same work ecosystem? How do they manage to individualize themselves so they can evolve and move up in their career?

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Five of the biggest technology decisions and trends facing contact centers today

Technology is enabling contact centers to do more than ever, but disruption rarely fails to bring about a new and unique set of problems. For the customer, incredible things can happen when service and technology work together in concert. Yet there are decisions to be made along the way, and it's up

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Brexit – the potential impact on global mobility of workers - OT print issue

On 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU). Prior to the referendum, there were questions over what a possible "Brexit" might mean for employers, and in particular, employers of globally mobile employees. Now that the result of the referendum is known, there is a renewed focus on what this will mean

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Brexit and the Romanian education

Much ado about nothing, the Brexit had clear signs even before the referendum.

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Study reveals how to get outsourcing relationships right – Jeffrey Puritt

Time. Money. Energy. When you're investing significant resources into your Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) relationship, you want to ensure you're getting the most value from that partnership.

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Omnichannel: 4 pillars of a purposeful omnichannel customer service strategy

Adapted from a keynote presentation at Cisco's Driving Customer Loyalty in a Digital World event

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Customer Satisfaction: The key to innovation and sustainable profitability

How to best measure customer satisfaction remains a hot topic in the field of customer relationship management, writes Gregoire Vigroux, marketing director Europe, Telus International.

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What are the risk areas in the ITO process

Regardless of its definition, IT outsourcing is a type of business operating strategy that will, sooner or later, significantly influence a reorganisation of corporate operations. It is not without significance that I use the word reorganisation here.

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How to protect your Romanian company against managerial abuse

About 4 in 100 companies registered in Romania filed for insolvency in 2015. Concurrently, the insolvency rate in Romania is the highest in Eastern Europe, with an increasing number of companies of 1 mil. EUR and above (in revenue) undergoing such procedures, says Horatiu Brisc, Associate, ONV LAW.

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BPO services can differentiate using predictive analysis

There are several BPO providers who have come to realise the value of being able to mine out useful information from the huge volumes of transactional data they handle every day. In the long run, the quality of services provided by a BPO can be greatly differentiated using predictive analysis.

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Outsourcing can take the risk out of the productivity puzzle

Tony Hague explains why outsourcing could hold the answer to increased productivity.

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Romania: corporate vs. state int'l country brand image promotion

The tragicomic situation of the two refugees from Syria bursting into tears when found out they accidentally have reached Romania, and not Serbia or Hungary is reflecting a much broader image.

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The Polish lesson: 470 Global BPO and Shared Service Centers

The fact that businesses require increasingly globalized outsourcing solutions is beyond question. These days, some companies are "born global", others achieve globalism or have globalism thrust upon them.

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Risks and benefits in IT outsourcing

CIOs are under increasing pressure to execute new technological demands on ever-tighter budgets.

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Outsourcing security: What small businesses need to know

Forecasters predict that the booming managed security service provider (MSSP) industry will grow from $8 billion in 2015 to $30 billion by 2020.

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UK: Outsourcing is leaving public sector bodies financially exposed

The trend towards ever-greater outsourcing is putting vital public services in the hands of potentially unstable conglomerates but leaving public bodies with the asset risk, argues Colin Haslam.

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A visit to Chernivtsi, only 200 km away from Iasi, is a must

A visit to Chernivtsi (Cernauti, Ukraine, a former Romanian region) should be mandatory in the agenda of every HR manager, delivery manager, site manager in the ITC companies in Iasi and not only, writes Dan Zaharia for Outsourcing Today's Opinion section.

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Romania, a shining star of business services?

A shining star or not, Romanian outsourced services industry starts to grip in the developed cities: there’s no more talent to hire.

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Despite the crash, the next Silicon Valley is in China

A spectre is haunting Silicon Valley - the spectre of a Silicon Dragon. These may be tough times for the Chinese economy, the tech city of Shenzhen is playing its fiddle as Rome burns to the ground.

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Shared service centers and information management: A mantra for success

In today’s robust and competitive business environment, organizations are constantly looking at streamlining business processes to derive greater business value, writes Vivek Naidu for dqindia.com.

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Take a closer look at your competition

Typically, when faced with this question, we list those companies that offer similar product and services. Most of these competitors are brick and mortar companies. The landscape is changing and more and more companies are seeing big returns online. Inbound marketing is taking off and companies need to find ways to bring people to their content, writes Brent Pohlman for http://www.business2community.com.

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Opinion, Dan Zaharia: The office buildings become the new factories of Iasi

The office buildings are becoming the new factories of Iasi, the software and outsourcing factories for the entire community in the city.

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NEWS
Cushman & Wakefield Echinox: StreamWIDE joins the new IT hub created in the Timpuri Noi Square project

StreamWIDE, a company specialized in the software and telecommunications industry, realocates its office in Bucharest in the Timpuri Noi Square project, joining the new IT hub created in the business park devel

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CBRE: Office deliveries expected to bring new stock of 635.00 sqm, Bucharest to reach 3.9 mln sqm modern office spaces

During 2020–2021 to approx. 635,000 sqm of modern office space are expected to be delivered on market, increasing the Bucharest modern stock at approx. 3.9 million sq m, a step closer to a new a threshold and

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Uber opens at Bucharest the largest support center to drivers and business partners in CEE

Uber company launched this week in Bucharest the largest center in Central and Eastern Europe that offers assistance to drivers and business partners in Romania, a center where they can contact directly Uber re

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Samsung and Orange Romania activated the 5G VR Live streaming at Untold Music Festival in Romania

Samsung Electronics and Orange Romania have successfully deployed a 5G New Radio (NR) network to demonstrate a series of 5G use cases at Untold Festival 2019, the largest annual dance music festival in Romania,

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MVP Lab in Sibiu named as one of Europe's best in the "Ones to Watch" list at European Business Awards

Ropardo MVP Lab has been named as ‘One to Watch' in Europe in a list of business excellence published by the European Business Awards, one of world's largest and longest running business competitions.

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Endava marks one year since IPO

Endava, one of the most important software companies, present on the local market with 7 delivery centers, reaches an almost double capitalization, 2.07 billion USD, on July 26, 2019, one year after listing. Th

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Infosys opens cyber defence centre in Bucharest

Infosys, a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, announced the launch of its Cyber Defence Centre in Bucharest, Romania. The Defence Centre is an expansion of services delivered thro

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QuEST Global completes integration of IT Six Global Services

QuEST Global, a global product engineering and lifecycle services company, has successfully completed the integration of IT Six Global Services SRL. QuEST Global acquired IT Six, a software engineering services

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RE MAX Romania opens three more offices

RE/MAX Romania has expanded its network, adding three new offices – RE/MAX Partners in Cluj, RE/MAX Quality in Sibiu and RE/MAX Prestige in Targu Mures.

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Microsoft and OpenAI form exclusive computing partnership to build new Azure AI supercomputing technologies

Microsoft Corp. and OpenAI have partnered to further extend Microsoft Azure's capabilities in large-scale AI systems, according to a release of Microsoft.

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EDITOR CHOICE
Workplace of the Future conference to take place on November 20th at Bucharest

The Diplomat-Bucharest together with Outsourcing Today organize the 3rd Edition of WORKPLACE OF THE FUTURE, on 20th of November 2019, in Bucharest, at Capital Plaza Hotel.

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Strategic Talent Acquisition at People Empowering Business Forum on October 30 in Bucharest

Latest trends like demographic upheaval, globalization, digital technology, and changing social values and worker expectations, are disrupting business models and radically changing the workplace. These are req

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Informal IT School and UiPath launch an educational program for RPA development to start in October

Informal IT School announced a partnership with UiPath to launch an RPA development educational program of five months, 100 hours of courses, five days a week. The program will run in Cluj-Napoca.

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