Well, that is a bit difficult to answer, because it all depends on the type of business process outsourcing project. However, there exist a few commonalities that are there in almost all types of offshore outsourcing projects, which basically define how the whole process is carried out. Figuratively speaking, the seeds are sown when a business realizes that some of its processes are not delivering the desired results such as cost-effectiveness, quality and efficiency. Once the inefficient processes have been identified, the next step requires businesses to make a detailed assessment about the applicability of the process to outsourcing. This is necessary because not all business processes can be outsourced to a third party provider.
When a business process passes the applicability test, the next step deals with choosing the right outsourcing service provider. It requires businesses to make a detailed assessment of available service providers and the type of services being offered by them. Size does matter at times, but that should not be the only criterion for selecting a service provider because in today's fast-changing business environment, the thing that matters most is flexibility of operations. Large sized outsourcing firms may claim to provide the benefits of economies of scale, but since they are often just too large to be able to provide the much-needed flexibility, their claims are a bit doubtful.
Available outsourcing service providers should also be assessed in terms of offered service rates and other value additions that they can provide. This helps in selecting the most appropriate outsourcing service provider, which in turn ensures that all of the desired benefits are achieved and delivered, just as planned.