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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | May 29, 2017

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Live Wires #10: Climbing the RPA learning curve

December 2, 2016 | 1

Thus far our quest for robotic process automation (RPA) enlightenment has focused on some of the personalities building this emerging industry – from software providers, outsourcers and implementers. Alex Nield is Head of Solution Design for Business Services at Direct … Read More

Robots versus humans: creating an economy in a new world

December 2, 2016 | 1

When the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee released its ‘Robots and Artificial Intelligence’ report last month, it was a much-needed shot of adrenaline, encouraging the government to take seriously the impact of robotics and artificial intelligence on the … Read More

Outsourcing accounts payable: how automated technology enhances transparency

December 2, 2016 |

Outsourcing the accounts payable (AP) function has many benefits, in particular enabling organisations to streamline essential operational processes and be more efficient. As with many outsourced functions, AP often requires expertise and technology that necessitate significant capital expenditure if they … Read More

More, more, more: 2017 will be marked with easier access to data, increased analytics and better cloud storage

December 2, 2016 |

There is no doubt that cloud, big data and artificial intelligence will be trending in 2017, just as they were in 2016, and will likely be in 2018. These are multi-year endeavours because the true implementation of technologies under these … Read More

Decision Automation in Action; Progress Corticon Technical Presentation & Demonstration

November 9, 2016 |

Decision Automation or Business Rules Management Systems (BRMSs) support an important architectural approach to organising software where business rules are managed independently from the application code.

The key benefit of this approach is the agility with which rules can … Read More

How far are European countries moving forward with open data?

November 4, 2016 |

Open data – that is, publically available data that is free for all to use – is set to have a monumental impact on societies in the next five years. Whether it’s information regarding public transport, city policy or city … Read More

TBM: time’s up – are you ready or not?

November 4, 2016 |

I remember attending the first technology business management (TBM) conference in 2012. Back then, the concept of this new data-driven framework, which would help measure and manage IT budgets, consumption and value, was new and exciting. Speakers and delegates talked … Read More

The other shoe just dropped

November 1, 2016 | 1

For years, the outsourcing world has been buzzing about reshoring (or “backshoring”), taking the jobs we sent offshore years ago and bringing them back to the US and Europe. Low wages, cheap property, and favourable taxes made offshore manufacturing very … Read More

Pay the price of a low price, or why nearshoring is replacing typical offshoring

October 31, 2016 |

Many people ask themselves if price should be the most important factor in the process of selecting an IT service provider. Is the cheapest option always the best one? It might be true, but there are some conditions. In this … Read More

Big Problems, Big Ideas and New Ways of Looking at Things

October 31, 2016 |

This month’s SIG Global Summit in Carlsbad, CA featured a wide range of expert speakers and engaging topics, including 1) the increasing importance of third-party risk management, and 2) the competitive imperative to leverage business intelligence from big data. … Read More

Q&A: Ed Hansen, Morgan Lewis

October 28, 2016 |

Ed Hansen is a Partner at Morgan Lewis, and one of the best-known lawyers in the international sourcing and outsourcing space (as well as an occasional contributor to Outsource). We caught up with Ed earlier this month at the SIG … Read More

EMEA sourcing market enjoys a strong third quarter in 2016

October 27, 2016 |

We’ve just published the latest ISG Index, which reveals that the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) market saw solid regional growth in 3Q 2016. Combined third-quarter ACV reached €3.1 billion, up 22% over the previous quarter, with traditional and … Read More

The future is here now

October 26, 2016 |

The first driverless cars in the UK are now being tested on the streets. “Cognitive robot” Amelia is proving to be a more popular service interface with residents of the London Borough of Enfield than her human predecessors. Technology that … Read More

Getting smart with migration

October 24, 2016 |

Large organisations face very similar IT challenges. Regardless of industry, they need to continually innovate, increase profits, decrease costs and drive efficiencies throughout their operations.

Considering that as much as 80 per cent of an organisation’s IT spend goes towards … Read More

Q&A: John Sculley

October 20, 2016 |

John Sculley is the former CEO of both Apple and Pepsi-Cola, and the current Chairman of PeopleTicker; he’s also a member of the Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) Advisory Board. Outsource was lucky enough to catch up with John at the … Read More

Outsource talked – live from the Summit

October 19, 2016 | 1

I always love hosting our Outsource Talks webinars – but today’s was even more enjoyable than usual, featuring as it did three remarkable professionals gathered together in the same place, rather than dialling in as is customary. Having Morgan Lewis’ … Read More