Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A Frost & Sullivan study cited that the worldwide shared services and outsourcing (SSO) market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15 percent over the next couple of years to reach USD 1.43 trillion by 2009 as compared to USD 930 billion in 2006.

The banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI) sector spent the maximum on SSO at USD 273 billion in 2006, followed by the technology/ICT sector and the healthcare industry at USD 233 billion and USD 130 billion, respectively. The spending by other verticals, such as transportation and logistics and energy stood at USD113 billion and USD 84 billion, respectively.

In addition, India was cited as the most preferred destination for SSO operations, followed by China, Ireland, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Poland, the Philippines, and Canada, while countries, such as Russia (for software development) and Dubai (for BFSI services) are also emerging as preferred SSO destinations.

The study also cited that the Philippines is a hub for back-office operations for IT and IT-related services, while Malaysia which already has a strong position in the BFSI, transportation and logistics, and energy verticals is also gaining the attention of technology companies (such as IBM and Satyam) due to its excellent infrastructure and low attrition rates.

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