While outsourcing can certainly save money and ensuring quality of the outsourced unit can assure quality, these or only the direct benefits among many.
Here are some others for consideration:
When done right outsourcing has the advantage of someone else doing the hiring for you in an environment with a much larger and more available candidate pool.
Unless you are in the technical support business it may make sense to outsource it to a company that is more agile in scale-ability, quality controls, technology deployment and infrastructure. Cost of creating a business process unit is at least 50% greater than the direct labor cost.
Outsourcing provider assumes the legal, operational and financial risks in large part leaving you more competitive and lean.
Outsourcing provider pool their resources and provide better equipment, capabilities, supervision and control by spreading the costs over a larger number of clients. This is specially beneficial to smaller companies which would not be able to compete as well.
Existing infrastructure of outsourcing companies significantly reduces deployment time allowing for a much faster realization of benefits.
By outsourcing you leverage the outsourcing providers research, security infrastructure, HR department, IT Support thereby reducing the amount of infrastructure investments to be made.
Outsourcing allows for fixed costs to become variable and capital costs to become regular expenses. This create the financial benefit of being able to write of cost that may otherwise have to be capitalized and then depreciated.
While benefits are significant its important for companies to realize that they need to manage an outsourced operation very closely and set metrics to monitor performance per unit of work or things can get out of control. Another thing to keep in mind is that outsourcing work is doable but you can not outsource liability so care needs to be taken to deploy solutions. Close focus on quality control is therefore mission critical for most significant outsourced projects.