Horses for Sources and the Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON) Create Alliance to Provide Unique Analyst Insight and C-suite Forums for Senior Operations Executives



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Horses for Sources, the leading analyst advisory organization focused on outsourcing strategy support, has teamed with the Shared Services and Outsourcing Network (SSON), to provide a unique platform for senior outsourcing buyers to access knowledge and peer advice.

As part of the new alliance, senior operations executives in SSON’s premium community can benefit from research being provided by Horses for Sources, including all aspects of Business Process Outsourcing, shared services and governance strategy. Under the terms of the agreement, the "Horses" expert analyst team are available to support SSON’s members with their outsourcing and shared services decisions.

In addition to the research analyst support, SSON’s buy-side executives can benefit from C-level discussion groups, which will be facilitated by Horses for Sources analysts on-site at SSON’s premium events. Upcoming groups will be featured at the forthcoming Shared Services and Outsourcing Week event in Orlando and Edinburgh.

The Horses for Sources organization has been working informally with SSON for the last two years. The success of previous buy-side discussion forums served as the impetus for the formation of a more formal partnership.

Phil Fersht, Founder and CEO of Horses for Sources, stated, "Our goal at Horses is to deliver unbiased insight, research and advice to senior BPO and shared services decision-makers. We have found the community at SSON great to work with, and are excited to engage with their executives on a regular basis. Based on our long-standing relationship, we feel that SSON has the broadest and most comprehensive network of senior operations executives in the sourcing industry, and we are excited to be supporting them with some of the toughest - and most complex - decisions of their careers."

Sarah Clayton, Global Head of Strategy at SSON added, "The proven depth of insight provided by the Horses for Sources team is exactly what our members demand, and their ongoing popularity and influence with many of our senior executives has driven us to formalize our partnership with Phil and his team. Our goal is not only to provide our community with great knowledge and networking opportunities, but also to help them benefit from the best and brightest minds in the industry. We believe Horses provides that for us, and are delighted to have them with us on this journey."

Both Phil Fersht and Lee Coulter, Research Fellow and Distinguished Analyst, will present sessions at SSON’s 14th Annual North American Shared Services Week, Orlando March 22nd-25th 2010 and SSON’s 10th Annual European Shared Services and Outsourcing Week Edinburgh, May 24th-27th 2010


About Horses for Sources

Horses for Sources is the foremost social networking community and advisory analyst firm, focused on helping enterprises make complex decisions with their global outsourcing strategies.

Horses provides the most impactful and frequently-visited collaborative community platform in the global services industry, providing rapid and insightful commentary, analysis and debate of enterprise outsourcing dynamics. The organization is unique in the fact that it integrates personable social networking with market research and advisory services.

Horses’ mission provide a unique environment for collective research, opinion, experience and knowledge across the global outsourcing industry to help enterprises explore new performance thresholds. Led by industry expert Phil Fersht, the Horses for Sources team is a multi-disciplinary group of analysts and experts with deep domain knowledge in Business Process Outsourcing, Industry Specific Process Outsourcing and Cloud Computing.

Launched in 2007, the Horses for Sources blog has more than 80,000 regular visitors across the global outsourcing industry, and is widely recognized as the leading destination for collective insight, research and open debate of industry issues and developments. The Horses LinkedIn community is thriving with 9,000 industry professionals sharing views and information daily.

More information about Horses for Sources can be accessed at www.horsesforsources.com. The company can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/horses4sources and LinkedIn by joining "The BPO and Offshoring Best Practices Forum group."

About The Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON)

SSON is the largest and most established community of shared services and outsourcing professionals, with over 20,000 members.

SSON provides the roof under which key industry experts and organizations share their experience, knowledge and tools, and practitioner peers connect with other all over the world, both face to face and online.

SSON focuses on developing its members through providing training, tools, and networking opportunities. Its staff works from international offices in New York, London, Singapore, Sydney, Berlin and Dubai to research current trends and developments in shared services.

More information about the Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON) can be found at www.ssonetwork.com. Stay up to date with SSON’s latest twitter posts at twitter.com/ssonetwork, connect with global practitioners, providers and advisors on the Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON) LinkedIn group and Sign up to receive SSON's weekly updates today


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For more information about this partnership, please contact:

Jeanne Achille
The Devon Group
New York Metro Office: +1-732-706-0123, ext. 11
London Office: (0)207 917 1832
jeanne@devonpr.com 

Chris Gayner
Marketing Manager
Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON)
+44 (0)207 368 9869 
Chris.gayner@ssonetwork.com