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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | July 27, 2017

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Come see us again: why customer service matters in healthcare

May 2, 2017 |

The notion of healthcare quality being measured only based on the level of medical care given to patients is on its way to a complete disappearance. From our position in the healthcare contact centre space, we have been witnessing more … Read More

Is your supply chain free from human rights abuses?

May 2, 2017 | 1

A 2012 report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimated that nearly 21 million people worldwide are victims of forced labour, with the highest concentrations found in countries in central and southeastern Europe and in Africa. With complex global supply … Read More

Three tips for growing a mid-sized business in a world of change

April 26, 2017 |

Businesses have never faced such complex political, economic, social and digital forces as they do today. For example:

  • In the UK, Theresa May has formally announced the country’s intention to leave the European Union.
  • Gartner predicts 20.8 billion connected … Read More

Will apps or chatbots determine the supply chain’s future?

April 24, 2017 |

Over in Silicon Valley, the latest battle for technological dominance is on. On the one hand, you have apps. Apps have been with us for nearly ten years, but 2016 marked the first year that mobile internet use overtook desktop … Read More

Is procurement the key to unlocking innovation within organisations?

April 21, 2017 |

Depending on your business sector, the department you work in or your job function, innovation means different things to different people. Procurement professionals may view innovation as a long-term strategy, given the tremendous potential for delivering efficiencies and cost savings … Read More

Cognitive solutions: beware the black box and big promise

April 13, 2017 |

In a maturing market, buyers are becoming increasingly aware that the umbrella term “intelligent automation” comprises a broad spectrum of functionality, ranging from teachable bots that execute repeatable and scripted tasks, to more advanced cognitive tools that apply pattern recognition … Read More

Software-Defined Networking (SDN): the future of networking?

April 12, 2017 |

Over the past two decades, networking has been severely limited: it simply could not keep up with new demands from businesses in an increasingly digital world. However, that is all about to change thanks to the creation of software-defined networking, … Read More

How retailers can drive sustainable savings through strategic sourcing

April 11, 2017 |

Growing economic uncertainty has seen many businesses look to procurement for a means to increase savings and ultimately drive growth. This is especially true in the retail industry where common issues include mounting costs, struggling suppliers, increased competition and expanding … Read More

Life Lessons: Rick Sturge

April 10, 2017 | 1

Rick Sturge is EVP Business Development at Firstsource Solutions, with over two decades’ experience in outsourcing and business transformation. We turned to Rick for the latest in our Life Lessons series – and received lessons aplenty…

What has been the … Read More

‘Long-termism’: as crucial in talent management as in wider business strategies

April 7, 2017 |

Commentators have long debated the extent to which ‘short-termism’ (the concentration on short-term objectives for immediate profits) in business impacts both individual organisations and the wider economy. According to recent research, however, companies deliver significantly improved results when leaders manage … Read More

EU GDPR: key actions you might still have time to take

April 7, 2017 |

In an effort to better protect its citizens’ data, the European Union will be implementing the General Data Protection Regulation – or GDPR – in May of 2018.

While we’re of the mindset that compliance isn’t always equal to security, … Read More

RPA, its future and you: surprising revelations

April 7, 2017 |

Less than two per cent of the global outsourcing market is affected by robotic process automation (RPA). And yet, some estimates show that the growth of RPA use may approach 90 per cent year-over-year, according to an interview with Everest … Read More

Man and machine: the future awaits

April 5, 2017 | 2

Statistics are a lot of fun, and contentious too. Yet they permit us to remain fairly grounded. Let’s start with the obvious. From self-driving vehicles and semi-autonomous robots to intelligent algorithms and predictive analytical tools, machines are increasingly capable of … Read More

Is RPA a roadblock to digital transformation? What CIOs need to know

April 3, 2017 | 2

Robotic process automation (RPA) is all the rage these days, and with good reason. Software bots that replicate the way humans perform repetitive, rule-based tasks are driving significant cost savings and productivity increases. For as little as $10,000 a year, … Read More

Here and elsewhere…

March 31, 2017 |

As well as having this column here, for the last couple of months I have also been writing a blog on the Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) website (www.sig.org) and I thought it was about time I introduced Outsource readers to … Read More

The future of retail outsourcing: Amazon versus Walmart

March 27, 2017 |

Wow! Isn’t it amazing how quickly things change? In the early 2000s, the very pinnacle of outsourcing was Walmart. Walmart didn’t outsource its own operations. Instead, it made history by working with offshore suppliers, introducing American consumers to low-cost Chinese … Read More