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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | July 26, 2017

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Why Process Management is Key to Innovation

July 21, 2017 |

Today’s outsourcers and shared services operations are expected to deliver not just cost savings, but also innovation, agility, quality and growth. At the same time the bar has been raised when it comes to expectations with customers having lower tolerance … Read More

The three stages to back office brilliance: Part one

July 19, 2017 |

Understanding the benefit of RSO

In the first part of a three part series, ‘The three stages to back office brilliance’, Enate CEO, Kit Cox, discusses how businesses can assess and quantify the potential benefits of … Read More

How to Ramp Up Your Sourcing Strategy With the Right Provider

July 7, 2017 |

More and more companies are using strategic sourcing platforms as a fulcrum for digital transformation within the department (and the enterprise as a whole, but that’s another story for another day). How? By working with the right partner, sourcing can … Read More

RPA in Action at the SIG Summit: It’s Not All About the Robots

July 7, 2017 |

Many have heard of RPA and have seen presentations or reports extolling its virtues, but it is a completely different experience to see it in action and understand the mechanics of how it truly works. This idea was … Read More

Software as a Service as a Catalyst for Application Rationalization

June 30, 2017 |

Today many organizations still struggle to simplify their application landscape. CIOs leverage Software as a Service (SaaS) as a catalyst for application rationalization. First, SaaS functionality is well documented. There is no decision-making ambiguity regarding the match of SaaS functionality … Read More

Reverse Auction: Friend or Foe?

June 29, 2017 |

Procurement organizations have been using reverse auctions in sourcing events for decades as a means to reduce spend, introduce new vendors into the supply base and remain competitive in the market. While reverse auctions have flourished since the mid 1990’s, … Read More

Offshore Impact: Report From The Trenches

June 23, 2017 |

Almost every week in the last few months someone has asked me about the general mood on the streets of Bangalore. What are the IT professionals in the Silicon Valley of East making of the changes in the industry? How … Read More

Haapio and Barton: Business-Friendly Contracting

June 22, 2017 |

 

Professors Helena Haapio and Thomas D. Barton are on a mission to educate organizations on how to create “business friendly” contracts – without giving up safety or security.

A chapter by Haapio and Barton in the recently published Liquid … Read More

Three Considerations for Optimizing Your Hybrid Cloud Environment

June 13, 2017 |

Cloud adoption is on the rise. According to a recent Gartner prediction, the worldwide public cloud services market will grow 18 percent in 2017 to $246.8B, up from $209.2B in 2016. As more and more organizations move to the cloud, … Read More

Industry 4.0 – The Perfect Nearshoring Storm

June 12, 2017 |

How the rise of smart cities and smart manufacturing is driving the future of nearshoring

As demand for intelligent IT solutions grows and the industry faces an ever-increasing talent shortage (with IT roles being the second most difficult group to … Read More

How Big Data Can Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

June 2, 2017 |

Recently, supply chain professionals have recognized that better data collection and increased computing power can track sourcing, scheduling and routing better and faster than any human. Applying big data to thorny supply chain problems is still an emerging art as … Read More

From grad to CEO: recruiting with a long-term mind-set

May 26, 2017 |

By Richard Shea, Managing Director EMEA Search at Korn Ferry Futurestep

Wherever you look and whoever you talk to, we’re all being told the same thing – we’re facing a major talent shortage. This isn’t helped by an ever-increasing skills … Read More

Q&A: Rainer Machek, SynerTrade

May 17, 2017 |

Rainer Machek is Executive Vice President at SynerTrade, a Germany-based global provider of digital procurement solutions. We caught up with Rainer at a recent Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) Global Summit to find out a bit more about his organisation and … Read More

Of exit and Brexit

May 16, 2017 |

Outsourcing agreements come to an end, just as do some political treaties. What can those steering the perils of partition learn from each other?

There are few experiences as visceral as the turmoil of politics. As a British citizen, I … Read More

Does outsourcing the management of your contingent workforce still make sense?

May 15, 2017 |

With all of the advances in vendor management technology (VMS), some companies are evaluating the idea of managing their cadre of non-employees internally. Much of the value brought to bear by a managed service provider (MSP) is typically in the … Read More

The 2017 CPO agenda: keeping pace with and enabling digital transformation

May 12, 2017 | 1

According to The Hackett Group’s 2017 Key Issues Study, 84% of procurement organisations believe that digital transformation will fundamentally change the way their services are delivered over the next three to five years. Yet only 25% say that procurement has … Read More