Providing news, views and unrivaled content for the global sourcing community

 

 

Outsource Magazine

About: 

Outsource Magazine provides unrivaled content for the opinion-formers and decision-makers at the heart of the global sourcing community. This indispensable resource for news, views, analysis and thought leadership was launched in 2005 and acquired by Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) in 2016. Outsource columnists and contributors are thought leaders in the global sourcing community and provide insight on challenges and opportunities in the industry today.

From this author

Jul 05, 2016    0

Nearly two weeks after the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (the ‘Brexit’), very little has become clear in terms of what this means for the country and the EU itself – and the sourcing and outsourcing space in the region - and even how and when the exit process will take place. Obviously, such a momentous transition should not be rushed through over-hastily; however, uncertainty can have a paralysing economic and commercial impact and pressure is already mounting on the British...

May 07, 2016    0

Something seems to be fundamentally broken in the outsourcing world.

The C-suite is not happy with their legacy service providers and 77% want a change, as demonstrated by HFS Research, while lower down the organisation only 27% of middle management agrees with the C-suite and wish to see any change in the service provider. So, how do we explain such an apparent large disparity between the C-suite...

Apr 26, 2016    0

The term ‘world class’ has become so commonly used that it has lost some of its impact and Holy Grail magic. In our highly connected workplaces and social lives, we can access knowledge, expertise and insight from people we will never meet, and choose our heroes and role models from a global panoply.

‘World class’ is no longer about having global experience, or confidently operating in an international context, because on some level, most people are doing that...

Apr 20, 2016    0

Respondents to our latest CIO and IT Leadership survey are reporting a 40% increase in their IT budget, over the past year. However there is something really interesting in the underlying data which suggests that the pressure to commoditise is like never before: IT budgets that have given back savings year on year are still under pressure for a more cost-effective solution. So why do we see this discrepancy? The answer lies in one of the fundamental parts of the survey: two-speed IT....

Apr 19, 2016    0

Before discussing the rewards available for a financial services organisation in the cloud it is important to get an understanding of the regulatory backdrop. In October 2014 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) launched Project Innovate, an initiative to foster innovation in the cloud. The key driver behind this project was to understand in more detail where the regulatory framework needed to be amended in order to foster innovation. The UK government and the FCA have broadly recognised...

Apr 15, 2016    0

Staff turnover costs companies a shocking £4.13billion per year. Hiring the right people can make or break an organisation, and save thousands in turnover costs. Dishonest employees are the silent threat from within organisations, and they are a small but highly impactful group. Worryingly, 30% of businesses fail due to employee theft and the cost of employee fraud to UK businesses is thought to amount to...

Apr 14, 2016    0

If cooperation in client and outsourcer relationships is so highly prized, why is it so difficult to achieve?

In her excellent article ‘The Value of Cooperative Strategy‘, Kate Vitasek discusses Professor David Faulkner’s work on successful alliance relationships. These are “characterised by higher levels of commitment, collaboration, communication,...

Apr 09, 2016    0

A multisourcing contracting strategy is designed to break entrenched relationships with key technology providers and create a suitably tensioned environment where the business can access a wider range of service providers offering greater innovation and price competition, but without compromise to continuity of service or service integration. Significantly, it recognises at the outset that different providers will be involved in the end-to-end services, and addresses both the challenges and...

Apr 07, 2016    0

The fact that an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) makes work easier for you cannot be overemphasised. However, some HR executives do not even know that ATSs exist. Instead of screening candidates using outdated or ineffective approaches, invest in modern methods such as cloud-based recruiting software. The following are features of ATS software that you should consider. Company profile Do not just trust software vendors who claim that their products are ideal for your company...

Apr 06, 2016    0

Cyber-attacks have topped the list of biggest threats to business for the second year in a row, followed closely by data threats and an unexpected IT/telecoms outage – according to the fifth annual Horizon Scan Report published by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) in association with BSI (British Standards Institution). As these threats, coupled with a challenging and ever-changing business environment plague the worried minds of MDs and IT practitioners, it seems only feasible that...

Pages