Service bureau

Service bureau

A service bureau is a company which provides business services for a fee. The term has been extensively used to describe technology based services to financial services companies, particularly banks. Customers of service bureaus typically do not have the scale or expertise to incorporate these services in their internal operations and prefer to outsource them to a service bureau. Outsourced payroll services is one of the most commonly provisioned services from a service bureau.

The service bureau's value to its customers is a combination of technology, process and business domain expertise. Their business model is based on their ability to productize their services and deploy them in volume to a very large customer base. In the modern context, technology is a key enabler to achieving this scale.

Most common contemporary technologies that support the service bureau business model are SAAS (Software as a Service) and SOA (Service Oriented Architecture). These have been increasingly adopted since 2005 based on the proliferation of software interoperability standards and web services. The evolution of these technologies has led to the resurgence of the service bureau business model which is being increasingly known as Services 2.0.

It should be noted that "Service Bureau" is also a synonym for "room where the printer sits" as taught at credited universities and colleges.

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем решить контрольную работу

Look at other dictionaries:

  • service bureau — ˈservice ˌbureau noun [countable] COMPUTING COMMERCE a business that provides a variety of computing and printing services that people can pay to use * * * service bureau UK US noun [C] IT ► a business that provides computing and printing… …   Financial and business terms

  • service bureau —    A company that provides data processing or business software development services to its customers.    A service bureau might provide typesetting, prepress production, optical document scanning, or other services.    By using a service bureau …   Dictionary of networking

  • service bureau — сервис бюро weather bureau бюро погоды detective bureau сыскное бюро employment bureau бюро по найму publicity bureau рекламное бюро complaint bureau бюро рекламаций …   English-Russian travelling dictionary

  • service bureau — noun a business that makes its facilities available to others for a fee; achieves economy of scale • Syn: ↑service agency, ↑service firm • Hypernyms: ↑agency …   Useful english dictionary

  • service bureau — office that deals with satisfying customers in a certain area and has the ability of data processing …   English contemporary dictionary

  • service bureau — / sɜ:vɪs ˌbjυərəυ/ noun an office which specialises in helping other offices …   Marketing dictionary in english

  • service bureau —    Data processing center that does work for others, such as timesharing …   IT glossary of terms, acronyms and abbreviations

  • service bureau — / sɜ:vɪs ˌbjυərəυ/ noun an office which specialises in helping other offices …   Dictionary of banking and finance

  • Payroll service bureau — A payroll service bureau is an accounting business whose main focus is the preparation of payroll for other businesses. Such firms are often run by Certified Public Accountants, though a typical payroll processing company will refer to itself as… …   Wikipedia

  • Civil Service Bureau — 公務員事務局 Emblem of the Hong Kong SAR Agency overview Formed …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”