We make offshore sourcing easier
Although a small country, Holland is one of the largest users of offshore ICT-services in Europe. Over the years, hundreds of Dutch companies have offshored, including Philips, Shell, ABN Amro Bank and KLM. Although India is the most important source, the Dutch have been egalitarian in choosing their suppliers: at least 30 nations have conducted software work for Dutch organizations. The Dutch market for offshore services will continue to grow, especially among the SME-sector (Smaller and Medium Sized Enterprises).
GPI Consultancy is a specialised Dutch consultancy firm in the field of offshoring (also known as offshore sourcing or offshore outsourcing), related to both ICT and BPO (Business Process Outsourcing). We assists Dutch clients in several areas: Offshore Strategy, Offshore Transition and Cultural Training Services.
The Dutch ICT sector has not yet discovered the potential of export markets in the Middle East and the Gulf region. We have started a project designed to promote Dutch ICT exports to this region. Accessing these new markets and organizing ICT business trips to Dubai are part of this project. Our Palestinian contacts can be used for localisation (e.g. translating the software into the Arabic language). They can also assist in market research and marketing and sales, since they already belong to networks in the region.
In order to promote offshore sourcing, our consultants are involved in writing articles in Dutch ICT and business magazines and in assisting journalists. Sofar, more than 100 articles in the Dutch language have been published. And since the year 2000, GPI Consultancy organizes full-day and half-day seminars on offshoring. With speakers on different topics, they include Dutch case studies on a range of countries (e.g. India, Czech Republic, Romania, Ukraine, Malta, Bulgaria, Russia, Bangladesh, Serbia, Malaysia, Kenya, Palestine, Kenia, China). We also organize offshore ICT/BPO-missions on a regular basis, and to various countries. The goal of these missions is to give the Dutch participants detailed information about offshore sourcing, and especially about the opportunities in a certain country. Examples of destinations: India, Nepal, China, North Korea, Palestine, Bangladesh, Surinam, Malta and Kenya.
We also assist organizations from developing countries in the field of Private Sector Development. GPI Consultancy was involved in export promotion projects initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (CBI, Center for the promotion of imports from Developing Countries), HIVOS, ITC (International Trade Centre, Geneva), European Union, GTZ, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, government organizations, trade promotion organizations and ICT associations.
Seminar on offshore sourcing (Amsterdam, 22 March 2016)
Since the year 2000, GPI Consultancy organizes full-day and half-day seminars on offshore sourcing. Large-scale marketing actions are used to attract participants. With speakers on different topics, they include Dutch case studies on a range of countries. Our last seminar took place on 22 March 2016 in Amsterdam. The outsourcing destinations discussed were Kenya, Palestine and Bangladesh (see program, in Dutch).
Handbook “Offshoring Information Technology
This handbook explains everything needed to know to put offshore sourcing into practice, avoid pitfalls and develop effective working relationships. It covers a comprehensive range of important offshoring issues: from cost advantages to strategy, from service levels to cultural differences, from country comparisons to the marketing of offshore services. Many real-life examples have been collected, as well as countless stories and anecdotes. Paul Tjia, founder of GPI Consultancy, is the co-author of “Offshoring Information Technology - Sourcing and Outsourcing to a Global Workforce” (Cambridge University Press). The fifth print can be ordered at Amazon: www.amzn.to/xegoU9
Trade mission to North Korea (28 August - 3 September 2016)
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, also known as North Korea) finds itself at a new era of international economic cooperation, and it especially welcomes business with Europe. North Korea is offering various products and services to export markets, while the country is also in need for many foreign products and investments. It has also established a number of free trade zones and Economic Development Zones to attract investors. There are several sectors, including renewable energy, garments, shipbuilding, agro business, fishing, horticulture, logistics, tourism, animation and Information Technology, that can be considered for trade and investment. North Korea is competing with other Asian countries by offering skilled labour at low monthly wages. In particular firms with production facilities in China, where the wages are rising fast, are currently investigating alternative options in North Korea.
Are you interested in exploring new business opportunities and in meeting potential Korean partners? We have decided to organize an extra mission to Pyongyang, which will take place from 28 August – 3 September. This tour is open for participants from all European countries, from various business sectors. The program of our trade mission includes individual matchmaking, company and factory visits, dinners and meetings with European business people who are working and living in North Korea. We will also receive information about investment opportunities in a number of sectors, and several projects will be offered. The draft program of the tour is available, and in case of interest, we will send you a registration visa form.
Wij zijn enthousiast over de vele voordelen van global sourcing en outsourcing. Wij geven daarom bekendheid aan dit onderwerp via het organiseren van seminars en studiereizen, en via het verzorgen van presentaties.