Russian National Association of Strategic Outsourcing (ASTRA) is a professional organization aimed at setting up industry standards as well as promoting outsourcing as an industry and profession. The strategic goal of ASTRA is to form and develop the outsourcing market in Russia and CIS. ASTRA members are leading companies working in the Russian outsourcing industry, including Jet Infosystems, CROC, Open Technologies, Rosservice, SBSystems, StinsComan, Accenture, Optima Services, Hewlett Packard, IBS DataFort, in4media and ISG. ASTRA helps organizations to use outsourcing as a business instrument to increase efficiency and cut operational costs. To learn more, visit www.astra-partners.ru (in Russian only). As Russia’s premier strategic outsourcing industry association, ASTRA has brought together the leading Russian outsourcing service providers and professionals. ASTRA hosts an annual Russian Outsourcing Forum in Moscow (in November), issues an annual report about the Russian Outsourcing Industry and publishes white papers on Russian outsourcing service providers.
BPESA is the recognised Industry Body and Trade Association for the Global Business Services (GBS) Sector in South Africa. As a not for pro?t entity, BPESA was established to promote trade and serve the interests of its many stakeholder groups engaged in the development, growth and sustaining of this vibrant sector that cuts across many industry verticals of the economy. BPESA’s services are targeted at international captive and outsourcing operators; domestic captive and outsourcing operators; vendors supplying enabling capabilities and services to the sector; and the international clients whose customers are serviced from South Africa. BPESA delivers its services in partnership with Government, at all levels, and various not for pro?t organisations including social enterprises and the professional bodies that support contact centre services, ?nance and accounting services, legal services, IT services, HR services and knowledge services. BPESA provides access for its members to other business networks and associations that drive and influence the sectors transition into the digital economy and industry 4.0, ensuring that knowledge is shared, best practices are identified and advocated, and business networks established to enhance productivity and global competitiveness in an ever-changing world. Visit them at www.bpesa.org.za.