IDC’s Outsourcing Forum West to Address Rising Procurement and F&A Outsourcing Challenges and Needs

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JANUARY 4, 2006 – IDC announced today plans to address the increasing needs and challenges of companies looking to outsource their procurement and finance & accounting (F&A) functions during the 2nd annual IDC Outsourcing Forum West, scheduled for January 30-31, 2006 in Santa Clara, California.

Designed for business executives across all functional areas, including F&A, Procurement, Human Resources, and CRM, the IDC Outsourcing Forum West: BPO as a Strategic Business Tool provides attendees with insight into the potential that business process outsourcing (BPO) can deliver not only to the bottom line, but in gaining market share and competitive advantage, and driving innovation throughout their organizations. The program covers "macro" BPO issues, including offshore sourcing strategies, managing the complexities of multiple outsourcing engagements, and best practices and lessons learned from mature BPO deals. In addition, dedicated breakout sessions will focus on Procurement and F&A BPO by using case study examples to show how BPO can be used as a key driver in enabling more strategic performance while delivering a more efficient and cost effective business.

Featuring case studies and real-world perspectives from users, IDC analysts, and industry experts, the conference has a stellar line-up of speakers including executives from Equaterra, Goodyear, Levi Straus & Co., Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, neoIT, NiSource, TPI, TXU and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Sponsor and Partners of the IDC Outsourcing Forum West include Ariba, ICG Commerce, Shared Services and Business Process Outsourcing Association, Wall Street Technology Association, Women in Technology International, Finance Executive Magazine, HR Executive Magazine, OutsourcingVenture, Sourcingmag.com, Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

For more information or to register for the conference, please visit http://www.idc.com/outsourcingwest06 . To find out about conference sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jess Black at 508-988-7995 or email jrblack@idc.com. To request a press pass, please send an email with your full contact information and past article sample to dbasilone@idc.com.

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