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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | October 23, 2016

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Competency mapping is changing professional development forever

October 7, 2016 |

Jack Welch once said, “Change before you have to.” In today’s rapidly innovating business world, change is, frankly, inevitable. Business needs change and skill sets have to keep up. But how do you know if you are making the right … Read More

Do you have your instrument flight rating for your business?

October 7, 2016 |

Every pilot/flight trainee knows the importance of trusting what the plane’s cockpit instruments are telling them. With very rare exception, the cockpit’s instruments don’t lie. What’s happening to the plane can be counter-intuitive to what your human senses are telling … Read More

Q&A: Jeff Augustin, Alsbridge

October 7, 2016 |

Jeff Augustin is a managing director at sourcing advisory firm Alsbridge, with a special focus on the new wave of automation technologies being celebrated by the forthcoming Challenge the Future (CtF) Awards. We got together with Jeff to get his … Read More

Procurement excellence redefined

October 3, 2016 |

Procurement today is a different game. Once viewed as a back-office task, it has emerged as a key differentiator and driver of business value. And to execute it well requires totally new ways of thinking and acting.

Best-in-class organisations understand … Read More

Are underdeveloped business practices holding back your growth?

October 3, 2016 |

For outsourcers, a commitment to best practice processes is absolutely vital for success. They not only ensure that your business is offering best-of-breed services, but they also go a long way in reducing overall business costs and working capital by … Read More

Brexit migration controls will lead to more offshoring

October 1, 2016 | 1

One of the key arguments that really defined the Brexit referendum in the UK was migration. British voters supported an exit from the European Union largely because they wanted more control over their borders. Those arguing for Brexit say that … Read More

Challenging the Future: Chip Wagner, Alsbridge, and Dawn Tiura, SIG

September 30, 2016 |

Earlier this year, Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) – Outsource’s parent company – joined forces with sourcing advisory giant Alsbridge to launch the revolutionary Challenge the Future (CtF) Awards, showcasing the best uses of some of the new, game-changing technologies that … Read More

Air freights, drones, and the Internet of Things: what is the future of the supply chain?

September 26, 2016 |

Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, the global supply chain hasn’t really changed all that much. Products are made from raw materials in factories, shipped off somewhere else (either by land or sea), stored in a warehouse, and then … Read More

Automate or optimise? The (not so) great RPA debate

September 23, 2016 |

Enterprises seeking to launch a robotic process automation (RPA) initiative face a number of critical decision points. One, obviously, is determining which process to automate. Once a process is selected for automation, a second, often thorny, decision process revolves around … Read More

The joy of webinars

September 22, 2016 |

Earlier today, I had the great pleasure of hosting the seventh episode of Outsource Talks, our webinar series – for those of you not yet familiar with this especially marvellous project – that brings the time-honoured talkshow model to the … Read More