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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | August 22, 2017

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About Dr Richard Sykes

Dr Richard Sykes

Dr Richard Sykes

Dr Richard Sykes is a businessman with a breadth of experience that spans the chemical and IT industries and the world of arts. He has held senior executive roles in a major global multinational, and non-executive chairmanships of smaller ventures, and has lived and managed businesses internationally.

In his personal practice he works as a board-level strategic analyst and advisor in information technology and business process sourcing, outsourcing and offshoring. His particular focus is the transformation of classic outsourcing business models by new models based on direct sourcing of information technology and business process services, including through the agency of 'the Cloud'.

He currently advises the independent sourcing consultants Alsbridge on the emergent practicalities of 'CloudSourcing', and the UK Government's 'G-Cloud & Apps Store' initiative. He co-authored the 2007 business book 'Global Services – Moving to a Level Playing Field'. He is an elected member of the Board of Intellect (the UK business association of the IT, Telecoms and Electronics industries), and serves on the European Advisory Board of the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP).

Posts By Dr Richard Sykes

Platforms make sense in the Cloud!

November 9, 2010 |

An October Leading Edge Forum study tour in California, visiting Silicon Valley pace setters. Eighteen months ago I forecast that the real outsourcing commerce of ‘the Cloud’ would develop in the form of Platforms. All that we learnt in the … Read More

Some none too subtle shifts in the commerce of outsourcing

October 11, 2010 |

Transformational change always takes longer than the early adopters believe is either likely or reasonable – but if the drivers for the change are real, it happens, eventually. Look back to the early years of offshoring in the financial services … Read More

Are we in the business of outsourcing, sourcing or services?

September 13, 2010 |

I recently started work with a new South African collaborator: he & I are together helping a major ICT firm in Johannesburg review its established & traditional outsourcing business in the context of the growing phenomenon of the competitive direct … Read More