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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. 

Nailing Down Managed Services Requirements: Building the Right Outsourced Structure for Your Organization

Posted: 03/21/2018 - 00:25
Creating Managed Service Requirements and building the right outsourced structure for your organization.

When a function or even a full department is outsourced to a managed service provider (MSP), the scope of work, requirements and service needs can at times be hard to nail down, especially as the relationship with the MSP evolves over time and the needs of the business evolve. This is particularly true in the case of IT Managed Services – an area with frequent need for outsourcing due to resource constraints and/or technical expertise and an area where it is critical that services continue uninterrupted. 

The Future of Operations in the Robotic Age Sydney

HfS Research organizes the FORA Summits, international events focused on the Future of Operations in the Robotic Age.

The FORA Summits bring together an exclusive and unique mix of key industry stakeholders, who work together to develop a clear vision for the future of operations, and learn how to manage the transition for their companies and industries. The agenda focuses on major innovations impacting business operations, such as automation, artificial intelligence, blockchain, digital business models and smart analytics.

The Future of Operations in the Robotic Age Summits

HfS Research organizes the FORA Summits, international events focused on the Future of Operations in the Robotic Age.

The FORA Summits bring together an exclusive and unique mix of key industry stakeholders, who work together to develop a clear vision for the future of operations, and learn how to manage the transition for their companies and industries. The agenda focuses on major innovations impacting business operations, such as automation, artificial intelligence, blockchain, digital business models and smart analytics.

Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1: The Show Must Go On

Posted: 03/02/2018 - 01:27

Alignment to business needs during the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase of any sourcing event is critical, but perhaps more so when it comes to capital building projects given some of the changes procurement professionals face within their stakeholder community. In most companies, the plant facility's engineering teams are composed of lifelong veterans within the industry who have executed numerous projects – some successful and others, well, not so much. This inconsistency of results tends to make these individuals rather risk adverse and fixed in a traditional way of thinking.

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