We are seeing a strong trend, particularly in our financial services clients, towards building a much more integrated back office operation. IT / HR and other services are experiencing rapid organization change, cost pressure and often outsourcing.

These are all rational responses in the search for greater efficiencies and can lead to improvements in cost and service levels.

There are however risks. It is common for the early stages of integrated back office implementations to focus on structure and systems changes and to ignore skills.

But running these more integrated back office organizations is complex, it requires new skills for many people. They need to work with colleagues in virtual, remote and matrix teams, they need to operate in a more complex organization structure. Many will need to manage outsourced partners in different locations or cultures and who they may never meet. At the same time it remains essential to deliver fast, stay cost effective and maintain employee engagement.

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About the author:

Kevan Hall Kevan Hall is a CEO, author, speaker and trainer in matrix management, virtual teams and global working. He is the author of "Speed Lead - faster, simpler ways to manage people, projects and teams in complex companies, "Making the Matrix work - how matrix managers engage people and cut through complexity", and the "Life in a Matrix" podcasts, videos, cartoons and blog. He is CEO and founder of Global Integration. Company profile: .

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