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What is a Managed COE?  

Posted: 04/17/2018 - 04:12

When considering Robotic Process Automation (RPA), a lot of adopters have made the strategic call that they want to create their own RPA capability internally. They want a Center of Excellence (CoE). It can be a comprehensive CoE or it could be components that are stitched together with other third parties, for instance. They want analysts that can identify and scout for good processes for automation and change. Or, they have the need for configuration, testing, ongoing monitoring of the automation, as well as maintenance and support.

Procurement Outsourcing: Warming to the Catalysts in Our Midst

Posted: 04/12/2018 - 08:53
Switching to outsourced strategic procurement and the steps to take

Making the switch to outsourced strategic procurement is not as simple as handing tasks and responsibilities to a third party. It requires wholesale change that starts from within. Someone in procurement needs to lead that change, and it may or may not be the CPO. What procurement needs to do is to find the catalysts in their midst.

To Focus on Sustainability, Apply a Risk Lens in Your Supply Chains

Posted: 04/10/2018 - 00:19
Taking a look at your supply chain with a sustainability lens.

In my nearly three decades focusing on various areas of supply chains – from early years studying global trade and commerce, to witnessing today’s real impact on human lives, environment and climate change – there has been one constant: The measurement of sourcing success continues to be dictated by cost savings alone. We fail to acknowledge one critical element in these perceived “savings,” and that is they have a lifespan – and it’s a short one. 

Adopt a “Two-in-a-Box” Partner for Efficient Outsourcing Governance

Posted: 04/06/2018 - 22:41
 “The Academics of Sourcing” is a series that regularly shares some of the best academic insights and translates the learnings from academia into sound advice for practitioners.

Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) is all the rage and for a good reason. Far too many “strategic” contracts have been developed (especially outsourcing contracts) that do not include sound SRM practices. 

It’s good to see that virtually all of the major advisory firms are now incorporating solid governance frameworks into their contracts. Software companies are also making inroads, such as Old St Labs and SirionLabs

Artificial Intelligence: What’s Now and Next in IoT-Driven Supply Chain Innovation

Posted: 03/24/2018 - 02:32

Like most people, coffee is one of the most important rituals in my morning routine. There’s something about the aroma and taste that kick-starts my ability to have a great day. So, imagine my surprise when I found out that a favorite coffee shop was closed before I had to jump on an early-morning flight home. The employees were in the shop, but the gate locked out coffee aficionados, like me, who really needed that jolt of caffeine.

Sourcing Emerging Europe

Sourcing in Emerging Europe is one-of-a-kind project, centred around the themes of education, engagement and connection, consisting of two conferences and a special report. The conferences will bring together 250 decision-makers from the UK and Nordics and up to 23 countries in Emerging Europe. 

The London conference is on 28 March at etc. venues, 155 Bishopsgate, London (right next door to Liverpool Street Station)

Time to ‘Think Zebras’ – Ushering Innovative Automation into UK Businesses

Posted: 03/21/2018 - 06:42
Ushering innovative automation into UK business

The UK has a productivity problem. We’re lagging well behind our European neighbours and have been for decades. One of the reasons? Advocates of the tired theory of taking the ‘path of least resistance,’ discourage businesses from trying anything new when a tried way of doing something is available. 


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