Shared services organizations are built on a foundation of reducing cost, promoting efficiencies and, ultimately, in achieving high performance. The evolution curve demonstrates that the shared services model has come a long way from the 70s when the focus was on centralizing non-core business processes to the current model of a portfolio approach based on establishing multi-shore, multi-delivery operations with best in breed solution offering. A variety of business functions are currently being outsourced/globalized with IT, F&A and HRO achieving significant maturity. In terms of locations, Indian cities (Bangalore, NCR and Pune) lead the way as the preferred destinations for most of the F&A, HRO and Inside Sales souring. Locations in Eastern Europe and Latin America offer viable alternatives.