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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | July 26, 2017

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Big Data

How Big Data Can Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

June 2, 2017 |

Recently, supply chain professionals have recognized that better data collection and increased computing power can track sourcing, scheduling and routing better and faster than any human. Applying big data to thorny supply chain problems is still an emerging art as … Read More

The 2017 CPO agenda: keeping pace with and enabling digital transformation

May 12, 2017 | 1

According to The Hackett Group’s 2017 Key Issues Study, 84% of procurement organisations believe that digital transformation will fundamentally change the way their services are delivered over the next three to five years. Yet only 25% say that procurement has … 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

Contracting for emerging technologies: change with the changes

February 20, 2017 |

Emerging technology services have revolutionised the sourcing industry. These disruptive technologies like autonomics, interface technologies, big data analytics and other computing technologies have permitted smaller companies to successfully challenge established incumbent businesses. Specifically, as incumbents focus on improving their products … 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

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

More, more, more: 2017 will be marked with easier access to data, increased analytics and better cloud storage

December 2, 2016 |

There is no doubt that cloud, big data and artificial intelligence will be trending in 2017, just as they were in 2016, and will likely be in 2018. These are multi-year endeavours because the true implementation of technologies under these … Read More

Big Problems, Big Ideas and New Ways of Looking at Things

October 31, 2016 |

This month’s SIG Global Summit in Carlsbad, CA featured a wide range of expert speakers and engaging topics, including 1) the increasing importance of third-party risk management, and 2) the competitive imperative to leverage business intelligence from big data. … Read More

TOP TEN: Tips for Finding Value in Dark Data

September 9, 2016 |

Just hearing the words “dark data” can be enough for managers in the outsourcing industry to feel a little uneasy – but despite its rather menacing name there has never been a better time to tackle the phenomenon head on.

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Q&A: Nipun Sehgal, Enlighta

August 5, 2016 |

Nipun Sehgal is the Founder and CEO of governance and relationship management software company Enlighta. Continuing our series of interviews with attendees at April’s SIG Summit in Orlando, Florida, we got together with Nipun to find out a bit more about … Read More

It isn’t a technology play

July 11, 2016 |

Business services are usually at the core of organisational endeavours, structured to build and manage a variety of workflows and dependencies in a concerted manner. The end goal for all such services is the smooth functioning of an organisation, built … Read More

Employment fraud sinks ships, so give HR the data to keep your company buoyant

April 15, 2016 |

Staff turnover costs companies a shocking £4.13billion per year. Hiring the right people can make or break an organisation, and save thousands in turnover costs.

Dishonest employees are the silent threat from within organisations, and they are a small but … Read More

Advice For The (Outsourcing & Offshoring) Young At Heart

March 30, 2016 |

 

‘Advice For The Offshoring And Outsourcing Young At Heart’ by Fear of Gears[1]

Advice for the outsourcing young at heart Soon we will be older How are we going to make it work?[2]

Too many vendors living in … Read More

Travel to Utopia?

March 16, 2016 | 1

Earlier today, I had the honour of delivering the final presentation at the Sourcing Industry Group (SIG)‘s latest London Regional Roundtable – this time round, actually, a joint effort with the wonderful folks at the Association of Corporate Travel Executives … Read More

RPA goes vertical

March 11, 2016 | 1

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 … Read More

Inhuman scale: Big Data, the Internet of Things and the AI revolution

February 10, 2016 |

Of all the jargon and buzzwords beloved of IT professionals – “the cloud”, “SaaS”, “web 2.0” and an infinity of others – “Big Data” is the most alluringly easy to misunderstand. Whilst big data systems do entail a large volume of data, … Read More