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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | August 24, 2017

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IT Sourcing Needs a Cybersecurity Mandate If They Don’t ‘WannaCry’

August 11, 2017 |

An evil cyber force reared its ugly head (yet again) to launch an unprecedented ransomware pandemic in mid-May 2017. The severity of the cyberattack – 10,000 organizations and 200,000 individuals were impacted in over 150 countries causing billions in financial … Read More

Challenges in Global Chocolate Industry – Tackling Child Labor

August 4, 2017 |

As of 2016, the global chocolate industry is roughly a $100 billion industry1. The main resource required to support that industry is, of course, cocoa. Cocoa requires a very specific growing condition and as a result can only be grown … Read More

The Drive for Business Improvement in Fleet Management

July 28, 2017 |

Richard Hipkiss, Managing Director of Fleet Operations, examines why the fleet department is ripe for outsourcing and explains the potential for cost savings and business improvements.

The vehicle fleet’s impact on the bottom line is too often underestimated. Part of … Read More

Offshore or Onshore? Why Global Organizations Are Taking a Closer Look at Having Cost-Saving Shared Service Centers Close to Home

July 28, 2017 |

The term “Shared Services Center” (SSC) has many meanings. For business organizations, they look to shared service centers to help streamline offerings and drive value through standardization and simplification. But for decision makers, this often poses challenges globally as they … Read More

The Rise of AI in HR – Are We More Ahead Of The Curve Than We Take Credit For?

July 28, 2017 | 1

It is no secret that effective talent acquisition and management is absolutely integral to wider business success. Any organisation is only as good as its people, but a tight labour market—coupled with notable skills shortages—has created a climate where the … Read More

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 | 1

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

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

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

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