The sourcing industry can be thought of as a harbinger for new ideas, technologies and solutions that much of the developing world wasn’t privy to toward the end of the millennium. Of course, the type of explosive growth this industry has created is old news. The good side of this story was in its ability to create millions of jobs for young people in many of the developing nations struggling with economic growth in the face of older industries and lack of sustainability.
As I finished up my call with Rick, the CEO of Walker Ideas, I couldn't help but feel impressed with his new attitude towards service. Rick and his team recently turned some bad news they had received from their key customer into an opportunity to convey to that customer that Walker Ideas was truly an inside-outsourcing partner. Rick wanted to create a proactive environment where Walker Ideas sat one step ahead of the customer, anticipating its needs. He was feeling frustrated by his inability to get his entire team to see the bigger picture.
Chip Wagner is the CEO of Alsbridge, one of the world’s leading sourcing advisory organisations. At a time of significant challenges for advisory firms the world over, Alsbridge is enjoying a purple patch with very healthy growth being reflected in a wave of expansion and key acquisitions. Outsource's editor Jamie Liddell got together with Chip to discuss the advisory landscape and Alsbridge’s growing prominence within it – and to get the inside track on some very interesting recent developments within his organisation…
A multisourcing contracting strategy is designed to break entrenched relationships with key technology providers and create a suitably tensioned environment where the business can access a wider range of service providers offering greater innovation and price competition, but without compromise to continuity of service or service integration. Significantly, it recognises at the outset that different providers will be involved in the end-to-end services, and addresses both the challenges and opportunities this presents.
The fact that an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) makes work easier for you cannot be overemphasised. However, some HR executives do not even know that ATSs exist. Instead of screening candidates using outdated or ineffective approaches, invest in modern methods such as cloud-based recruiting software. The following are features of ATS software that you should consider. Company profile Do not just trust software vendors who claim that their products are ideal for your company profile. Instead, find out the truth from independent reviews.
Cyber-attacks have topped the list of biggest threats to business for the second year in a row, followed closely by data threats and an unexpected IT/telecoms outage – according to the fifth annual Horizon Scan Report published by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) in association with BSI (British Standards Institution). As these threats, coupled with a challenging and ever-changing business environment plague the worried minds of MDs and IT practitioners, it seems only feasible that companies would act quickly to prepare themselves for a disruption.
Last week I had the great and highly enjoyable privilege of hosting a webinar given by Jeff Seabloom, Alsbridge’s Chief Revenue Officer, entitled ‘A 360-Degree View of IT: Six Key Questions’. The recording of that webinar is now live and can be accessed here, so those of you who missed the event at the time now have the opportunity to benefit from it nevertheless (and can extend that benefit to any of your peers who were also unable to attend).
Today companies are being exposed to a changing business landscape due to macro-economic factors, greater-than-ever globalisation, and rapid advancements in technology. The global economy is recovering but still sluggish. Companies have been engaging in significant cost savings and restructuring initiatives over the past several years to meet shareholder expectations. But business leaders are now beginning to realise that they cannot cut their way to growth. So companies now have a greater appetite to invest in developing new products, services and market reach.
With subsectors as diversified as aerospace and defense, chemicals manufacturing and construction materials, the industrial segment of the economy doesn’t look and behave as a single sector. It is, however, in a state of transition across the board and industrial companies are making deals left and right to prepare for the future. Whether buying, selling or sharing another business entity, these transactions can promise accelerated growth, preservation of the core business or access to new markets.