Platform Outsourcing Nederland
PON is the number one independent meeting place for developing and sharing outsourcing expertise. PON links representatives of outsourcing stakeholders at all levels by stimulating equality within a non-commercial, reliable environment. Developing and making available knowledge, market transparency and a better match between the demand and supply sides are key here. Since the Platform is open to all parties that are involved in outsourcing in the Netherlands, the association has lots of members among outsourcers, knowledge institutions, consultancies, suppliers, lawyers and self-employed professionals.
Members are expected to play an active role and add value to the Platform by sharing and developing knowledge. This added value can be achieved by participating in working groups. Several working groups are active within PON, focusing on such specific themes as HRM, Innovation, European tendering and Architecture.
Throughout the year, PON members can meet each other in various ways and a number of times to exchange their knowledge and experiences. PON organises seminars, breakfast sessions, dinners and other network sessions almost on a monthly basis, which members can take part in for free. Once a year, PON organises its large-scale Outsourcing Congress. PON members can attend this at a special discount price. This year, the congress is being organised jointly with ICT Media under the name of: The Outsourcing Days.
PON awards the PON Thesis Award to new graduates every year. PON is committed to motivating and stimulating students, knowledge institutions and companies that offer student placement positions to do high-quality research into all outsourcing-related fields. PON sees awarding the annual Thesis Award as a very useful and important part of this commitment. The winner receives a travel voucher worth € 3,000 for a study trip to an offshore country of their own choice.
Training and education
PON collaborates with several universities and schools of higher education and the Platform offers interesting training courses, master classes and workshops that are not only open to PON members. In-house training courses are possible as well. Members are always granted an attractive discount.
The efforts of the working groups have resulted in several Dutch-language books on outsourcing being published in recent years:
- Regie op outsourcing: Grip op uitbestedingsrelaties. (Controlling outsourcing: keeping a grip on outsourcing relationships)
- Innovaties in outsourcing. De standaard voorbij. (Innovations in outsourcing. Beyond the standard.)
- HRM-aspecten van uitbesteding. De mens in outsourcing. (HRM aspects of sourcing. The human element of outsourcing.)
- Applicatiesourcing. Een inspirerende kijk op de actuele trends. (Applications sourcing. An inspiring view of current trends.)
These books are available via the website of Platform Outsourcing Nederland.
The platform set up a new website in 2011 enabling its members' employees to post articles, start forum discussions and interactively exchange their thoughts and ideas. There is a separate section for the working groups to share documents.
Interested in joining PON?
Would you like to be part of this lively association of enthusiastic professionals? Do you feel like sharing your knowledge and experience with the members of Platform Outsourcing Nederland? Then join PON now! Membership fees are € 1,500 a year excl. Dutch VAT for organisations. Self-employed professionals can also join; their membership fee is € 500 a year excl. VAT. You can find the conditions and a registration form on the website: www.platformoutsourcing.nl
Wouter van Assendelft, Operationeel Manager
Carmen Asensio, Office Manager
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