The managed services market has been an interesting one to watch from a consultant’s point of view. There was a heavy trend towards outsourcing many key areas within IT, only for the pendulum to begin swinging to the other end of the spectrum where clients are now pulling some (or all) of those same services back in-house. Nevertheless, your organization is likely to use some level of managed services within the IT organization given constraints on budget, resources or expertise.
In ‘The Fog’ ("Mad Men" Season 5, Episode 3), SCDP’s creative director, Don Draper, delivers a memorable line for today’s procurement managers and professionals. After being endlessly nagged over the waste of office supplies, alcohol and time by the company's CFO, Lane Price, Draper levels this profound declaration:
"You came here because we do this better than you. And part of that is letting our creatives be unproductive until they are."
This digital summit will connect online over 140 individuals in global shared services who have, or are looking to set up, a shared services center in Latin America.
Across 2 days, these half-day sessions will host case study presentations and panel discussions specifically tailored to the region.
The main themes of the event are:
Recruiting and developing talent in LATAM
Locations and their benefits and disadvantages
Across Europe and the globe, companies are flush with opportunities to transform their businesses, from digitalization and automation to cloud platforms, the IoT and everything in between.
We know all of this affects how the industry looks and acts and how business gets done, but we also know core topics such as management, contracts, negotiations, governance and creating value are still as important as ever.
It is happening fast. Old ways give to new business models, processes and
philosophies; collaboration is imperative; innovation is not optional; the workplace is modernized. Technology, like RPA, cognitive, AI and blockchain, are at the forefront of this disruption, but it’s not just tech. Geopolitics have stormed to center stage, turning globalization on its head. The ‘gig economy’ is changing the labor force.
This unique two day event will deliver opportunities for sourcing and IT professionals at every level to participate, learn, network and build new alliances & partnerships that will transform their business.
Taking place in London, OSX is a conference, exhibition, workshop and meeting hub all under one roof. Our new, innovative programme format has been carefully designed to facilitate all of these requirements, with the added provision of a route to market.
Empowering Organizations to Create Sustainable Value - The Need for a Holistic and Integrated Procurement Environment
Dawn Tiura: One of the things I first wanted to talk to you about is understanding a little bit about your history. How did you get to be where you are at Nitor?
In a recent 4C poll* of 227 UK retail procurement executives, 89% responded that they either had no plan in place or were unaware that their company had a plan in place. What should you consider now so that you’re prepared for the March 2019 Brexit deadline?
Using a diverse set of intelligent automation tools together to achieve your business aims isn’t always easy. More often than not, it involves figuring out how to integrate these different tools in what can become a very complex IT project.
Mark Pollack (MP): Jamie, tell our readers about yourself and your role within the organization.
Jamie Ogilvie-Smals (JOS): GEP is the largest provider of unified procurement solutions in the world, combining strategic consulting, managed procurement services and cloud-based procurement software. We have a rapidly-expanding, blue-chip client base of Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies in Europe, Asia and the Americas.