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Shrink an agile business case

Posted: 03/11/2016 - 20:56

There is a fiction that suggests that business decisions are made on purely utilitarian grounds. Psychologists have shown convincingly that people value the avoidance of loss far more highly than capturing gains. There are many and significant implications for those seeking to implement change, particularly in an agile environment. The Agile Manifesto The Agile Manifesto and associated delivery methods have gathered significant traction. This makes sense for those navigating uncertain consumer attitudes.

Ready, aim... Don't shoot the messenger!

Posted: 03/11/2016 - 20:53

Every once in a while I come across a situation marked with incongruous and unexpected elements that, when summed up, can only be labelled as completely bizarre. One such situation started in the boardroom of Walker Ideas, a very successful inside-outsourcing service provider to the food industry. Walker operates at dozens of facilities dedicated to performing services that their customers strategically exited. As such, Walker is a key partner to their customers, or so they allow themselves to believe.

RPA goes vertical

Posted: 03/11/2016 - 20:47

When robotic process automation (RPA) first burst on the scene 12 to 18 months ago, headlines focused on the technology’s startling impact on human labour requirements. Early adopters were finding that RPA solutions were executing routine and repetitive tasks and eliminating 40 per cent and more of the work traditionally performed by humans. The result was a dramatic opportunity to reduce costs and redeploy people for higher-value functions.

#LifeAfterCollege: why social and digital media are essential to graduate recruitment success

Posted: 03/11/2016 - 04:38

It’s the first thing millennials see in the morning, the last thing they look at before going to bed, and their constant companion throughout the day. It’s their phone. The younger generation's dependency on mobile is driven by the considerable role technology plays in our everyday lives. With the touch of a button, these young men and women can do anything from ordering a car or depositing a check to sharing photos, videos and stories with friends and the public at large.

Data warehousing: moving from a T&M to a Managed Service model

Posted: 03/10/2016 - 03:07

I often get asked whether managed service is just hype and nothing but glorified “time and material” (T&M) in a different guise. Usually we understand a managed service to be measured, and paid for, based on a pre-defined effort and output for the work in hand, as opposed to T&M which is a simple calculation of the amount of time taken multiplied by the rate card value, plus the cost of any materials consumed. The simple answer is that it is hype if it is not done properly. Take the example of data warehousing, i.e.

Live Wires #3: What is RPA?

Posted: 03/03/2016 - 03:17

Three blogs in already and we have yet to tackle the elephant in the room: what precisely is robotic process automation (RPA)? Basically, RPA is a new type of software that acts as a virtual workforce. It is configured to replicate the activities previously carried out by human workers, delivered by ‘robots’ or ‘bots’ or ‘virtual engineers’. There are a number of emerging software providers that sell RPA platforms, such as Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere, UIPath, OpenSpan and others - including some of the large outsourcing companies.

TOP TEN: (Even More) Outsourcing Insults

Posted: 03/01/2016 - 21:35

A couple of years ago, as part of our ongoing Top Ten series we published a collection of some of the finest, most cutting terms of abuse ever heard in a professional environment (soon to be followed by a second): along with transforming the global business landscape, members of the outsourcing community certainly appear to possess world-class talents in the fields of invective, calumny and scorn… Having spent a few quart

Beyond the traditional ZOPA: how to create value in complex deals

Posted: 02/26/2016 - 06:37

You’ve all been told that to create value in your negotiations and get the “best” deal for your organization you need to expand the pie, not just haggle over the limited and fixed number of pie pieces. But no one has really demonstrated pie expansion - value - for commercial contracts - until now. In this article, we will describe how the traditional Zone of Potential Agreement (ZOPA) takes on a greater significance when negotiating a multifaceted agreement.

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