Advanced Business Solutions Teaches Ways to Overcome the Obstacle of Shared Services

By Raju Shanbhag

Advanced Business Solutions has come up with various tips and tricks to overcome the obstacle of shared services, the company has announced.

The company claims that using shared services involves transformation and, as with any transformation, there are obstacles to overcome. These barriers are political, people related and technological. Offering advice to managers within local authorities on how to overcome them, Dean Dickinson, Managing Director of Advanced Business Solutions (Public Sector and Enterprise division) discusses the key shared services barriers that need to be considered, the company stated in a press release.

The company stated that there is likely to be internal politics around who, from the two or more councils, are going to be the leaders, taking forward the shared services program and if there is a shared management team, how the roles will be shared between the councils. Knowing that there will be unwanted competition for management team could well make councils reluctant to approach sharing services in a gung ho way.

It’s vital for managers to do their background research, choose the right partners and providers, and to seek advice on how to overcome any potential barriers when implementing a shared services model. If these guidelines are followed, managers will alleviate concerns and avoid wasting time. The benefits are likely to far out way the issues, although there will always be barriers to change but in the instance of shared services, the company has announced.

Recently, the company signed a 10-year, 17m agreement with the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Care and Public Safety to supply a province-wide finance, procurement and logistics solution. The solution is part of the Business Services Transformation Programme aimed at saving Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland in excess of 8m per annum over the 10 year contract. The contract will enable the HSC to streamline processes and reduce administration and purchasing costs.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for MSPToday. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

MSPToday Contributor

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