While other IT services segments are feeling the impact of the economic downturn, the BPO market will remain strong, said Rebecca Scholl, principal analyst for Gartner's sourcing group.
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"Enterprises around the world are attempting to focus their investments on their core business processes and are increasingly looking at outsourcing non-core business processes," she said
"Early adopters of BPO services, primarily large organisations, continue to expand their relationships to include new process areas, and technology and media are creating opportunities for outsourcing entire lines of products and services, such as online payroll, online benefits administration, online order management and online transaction processing."
The Western European BPO market is forecast to grow 10.9% in 2003, to $27bn (£16bn), the Gartner research said.
Continuing difficult economic times are leading Western European companies to look to BPO as a tool to save costs and provide strategic review of many of their activities, Scholl said
In Europe, outsourcing of financial services processes are widely used but other industries are growing in respect for different types of BPO, she said.
Customer interaction for demand-management BPO is proving popular in the utilities and telecommunications sectors.
Supply-management BPO is gaining popularity in local governments, and enterprise services are growing in telecommunications for human resources, finance and accounting.