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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | May 1, 2017

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Cognitive solutions: beware the black box and big promise

April 13, 2017 |

In a maturing market, buyers are becoming increasingly aware that the umbrella term “intelligent automation” comprises a broad spectrum of functionality, ranging from teachable bots that execute repeatable and scripted tasks, to more advanced cognitive tools that apply pattern recognition … Read More

Life Lessons: Rick Sturge

April 10, 2017 | 1

Rick Sturge is EVP Business Development at Firstsource Solutions, with over two decades’ experience in outsourcing and business transformation. We turned to Rick for the latest in our Life Lessons series – and received lessons aplenty…

What has been the … Read More

RPA, its future and you: surprising revelations

April 7, 2017 |

Less than two per cent of the global outsourcing market is affected by robotic process automation (RPA). And yet, some estimates show that the growth of RPA use may approach 90 per cent year-over-year, according to an interview with Everest … Read More

Man and machine: the future awaits

April 5, 2017 | 2

Statistics are a lot of fun, and contentious too. Yet they permit us to remain fairly grounded. Let’s start with the obvious. From self-driving vehicles and semi-autonomous robots to intelligent algorithms and predictive analytical tools, machines are increasingly capable of … Read More

Is RPA a roadblock to digital transformation? What CIOs need to know

April 3, 2017 | 2

Robotic process automation (RPA) is all the rage these days, and with good reason. Software bots that replicate the way humans perform repetitive, rule-based tasks are driving significant cost savings and productivity increases. For as little as $10,000 a year, … Read More

Here and elsewhere…

March 31, 2017 |

As well as having this column here, for the last couple of months I have also been writing a blog on the Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) website (www.sig.org) and I thought it was about time I introduced Outsource readers to … Read More

The future of retail outsourcing: Amazon versus Walmart

March 27, 2017 |

Wow! Isn’t it amazing how quickly things change? In the early 2000s, the very pinnacle of outsourcing was Walmart. Walmart didn’t outsource its own operations. Instead, it made history by working with offshore suppliers, introducing American consumers to low-cost Chinese … Read More

Humans and machines will collaborate for better customer interactions

March 7, 2017 |

In today’s business climate, it is innovation levels coupled with speed to market that will determine a company’s success. This was one of the reasons why, in 2016, we saw more interest in trends around optimising business processes – from … Read More

The ‘mid-market reality check’: what are the real procurement priorities for UK medium-sized businesses in 2017?

March 6, 2017 |

There always seems to be plenty of commentary around what’s driving innovation and growth in both large enterprises and startups. By comparison, the mid-market seems slightly neglected; this seems an oversight given the crucial role it plays in the UK … Read More

The future of outsourcing: through 2017 and beyond

February 6, 2017 |

This year will see the BPO industry transform itself in a multitude of ways, meaning that businesses must adapt or face the prospect of falling behind their competitors. With a month of 2017 already behind us, what can we expect … Read More

Immigration worries for outsourcing

January 30, 2017 |

Little more than a week into his presidency, and Donald Trump has already taken plenty of steps to ensure that anyone hoping or fearing that his more aggressively populist pre-election promises were merely vote-summoning rallying cries that would be forgotten … Read More

Artificial intelligence and the insurance industry: the journey has just begun

January 23, 2017 | 1

By virtue of the risk adverse nature of the insurance sector, the sector has not been considered to be at the vanguard in terms of the adoption of new technologies.

However, the recent announcement that Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance is … Read More

Life Lessons: Kit Cox

January 16, 2017 |

Kit Cox is the founder and CEO of UK-based BPO software company Enate, and a long-time observer of and commentator upon the international outsourcing space. He’s also, now, the latest professional to come under the microscope of our Life Lessons … Read More

Black swans – and the price we’re paying today

January 16, 2017 |

The sourcing industry has so far had a spectacularly wonderful run. Twenty-five years of constant change, dynamism, technical competencies; business-aligned, people-centric, and bottom-line focused; intrinsically able to deliver on all promises made. As with any journey, bumps and roadblocks are … Read More

Seven is a lucky number, but procurement success takes more than luck

January 6, 2017 |

It’s clear that procurement has evolved over the past several years. And it continues to evolve. Digitisation has helped take it from what was viewed as a back office function to a key differentiator and value driver. But why have … Read More

Regulating outsourcing creates surprising vendor opportunities

January 3, 2017 |

During the election, Donald Trump said that he would stop work from leaving America, and would tax offshored products at 35%. Weeks before Trump is sworn in as President of the United States, he is hard at work wheeling and … Read More