Roundtable – Shared Services

It may not yet have the identical profile as South Asia or Eastern Europe, however Latin America is becoming an increasingly more famous vacation spot for businesses seeking to set up shared provider centers, both serving home markets or as a part of nearby or even global shared services techniques. Furthermore, at the side of this boom within the captive quarter Latin America has turn out to be the focus of growing hobby at the a part of fundamental outsourcing companies whose access into the marketplace has had knock-on results across the board. Throw into this already-volatile mix the current financial instability and it’s easy to peer why the area’s hobby is making waves across and beyond the shared offerings and outsourcing space in 2009.

We convened a panel representing practitioners, companies and advisors to test the contemporary degree of adulthood of the Latin American market and to examine how – and if – the financial malaise affecting tons of the relaxation of the global economic system is impacting upon operations within the place.

Attending were:




Laura Bao Castro
CR FSSC Controller
Intel Corporation

Esteban Carril
Director, Latin America Finance Operations
EMC Corporation

Mauro Mezzano
Vantaz Group Consulting

Ricardo Neves
PwC Global Sourcing Leader for South America

Q: I suppose the primary question we should look at is: is it proper to talk of “Latin American shared services” at all? Latin America is a totally big region geographically and in terms of population; it is got a smaller linguistic diversity than, as an example, Europe, however there are nevertheless very massive variations between, say, Brazil and Costa Rica. To what quantity is it without a doubt possible for companies – captive or BPO – to take a sincerely nearby method in Latin America? Is it impossible to avoid having sizable resources in man or woman countries?

Ricardo Neves: This is a place one of a kind from different areas within the global. If you communicate about intra-area services, you’re speaking about main languages which might be, in a few ways, close to each other; you’ve got additionally a closeness of standard subculture; and normally what you spot with multinational or nearby operations right here is that the larger nations like Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Chile correspond to a big size of the operations. Usually in case you look at most of the global or multinational corporations in the area, they’ve 50% or maybe 75% in their operations accomplished in or three international locations at most – after which 10, 12 other countries wherein they do have operations however which make up best 25% or less in their commercial enterprise.

This offers a assignment when putting in place a nearby center, due to the fact there is a scale for the bigger nations which is not present within the smaller ones – and what I’ve seen right here is a mixture between absolutely centrally run shared offerings and a lesser nearby presence in smaller nations to make sure the right scale is done and the right aid is accomplished at the regional stage. There are corporations based totally in Brazil that I’ve visible who have local shared offerings – like the brewer AmBev, now related with InBev and AnhauserBusch, which has a very big local shared services primarily based in Sao Paulo serving no longer just operations inside the vicinity, however also the company’s operations in Canada for the Labatt operations. Unilever has additionally installation an HR shared offerings – and has simply sold its finance shared offerings to Capgemini in the region.

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