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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | September 24, 2017

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Change Management

The Golden Age Of Outsourcing

August 11, 2017 |

At the turn of the 21st century, outsourcing was going full blast, moving from obscurity to mainstream. It quickly improved corporate profits and promised long-term benefits through continuous improvement…at least that’s what was supposed to happen. Now, robots are arriving … Read More

Offshore Impact: Report From The Trenches

June 23, 2017 | 1

Almost every week in the last few months someone has asked me about the general mood on the streets of Bangalore. What are the IT professionals in the Silicon Valley of East making of the changes in the industry? How … Read More

Of exit and Brexit

May 16, 2017 |

Outsourcing agreements come to an end, just as do some political treaties. What can those steering the perils of partition learn from each other?

There are few experiences as visceral as the turmoil of politics. As a British citizen, I … Read More

Outsourcing realities: what business executives need to know

March 6, 2017 |

Congratulations! It’s been three years since you decided to outsource accounts payable. Or, accounts receivable, or customer care, or payroll, or HR, or procurement, or any one of a dozen business process functions typically outsourced, in part or in full. … Read More

Live Wires #10: Climbing the RPA learning curve

December 2, 2016 | 1

Thus far our quest for robotic process automation (RPA) enlightenment has focused on some of the personalities building this emerging industry – from software providers, outsourcers and implementers. Alex Nield is Head of Solution Design for Business Services at Direct … 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

A Dizzying Pace of Change: A Provider’s Perspective

September 16, 2016 | 1

Earlier this year, Outsource editor Jamie Liddell chaired an advisor roundtable hosted by Capgemini, during which key themes emerged which were subsequently explored further by several of the roundtable guests in our recent two-part article ‘A Dizzying Pace of Change‘. … Read More

Advisor Roundtable: A Dizzying Pace of Change (Part 2)

September 12, 2016 | 1

To read the first part of this article, click here.

Manish Khandelwal, PA Consulting Group: Organisations of yesterday needed to ensure that they deliver the best product at the best possible price point. While customer experience mattered, organisations could get … Read More

Advisor Roundtable: A Dizzying Pace of Change (Part 1)

September 7, 2016 | 3

Earlier this year, Outsource editor Jamie Liddell had the privilege of chairing a roundtable dinner hosted by Capgemini, and attended by some of the most prominent advisors in the UK outsourcing community. The evening saw a huge variety of topics covered … Read More

Walk a mile in your BPO provider’s shoes

August 5, 2016 |

Organisations that enter business process outsourcing (BPO) transactions inevitably experience challenges with BPO providers – often resulting from unmet expectations, difficult transitions and erratic steady state delivery. While it is reasonable to expect the value promised by a provider to … Read More

Introducing ‘Sourcing Architecture’: next-generation sourcing and procurement transformation

August 5, 2016 |

Sourcing and procurement (S&P) leaders continue to reference efficiency, effectiveness and continuous improvement of operations as a high priority. Most will admit that continuous optimisation is not a destination, rather a journey that has become increasingly complex. Today, an agile … Read More

A few words for the weekend

July 15, 2016 |

As another working week draws to a close, I thought I’d take this opportunity to wave you off into your respective weekends with a couple of announcements… Those of you who are members of our LinkedIn group may already have … Read More

Live Wires #7: Giant shoulders

July 15, 2016 |

A lot of the talk of RPA today is about bright new names challenging the established order: plucky newcomers forcing their way past the giants of outsourcing and technology. But what do the giants themselves have to say about this? … Read More

Is there really such a thing as a bad deal?

July 1, 2016 |

I can recall being on vacation in Hong Kong with my wife as we were walking through the famous shopping district in Mongkok. Here you can buy Class A imitation goods of leading brands at far lower prices than the … Read More

Embrace ambiguity: building a case for business value

June 28, 2016 |

Sourcing executives today are all about innovation and adding business value: buying smarter to drive business benefits such as increased customer satisfaction, reduced error rates and insights into product design. In other words, procurement operational strategy aspires to demonstrate alignment … Read More

Calling all readers…

June 3, 2016 |

In recent weeks I’ve reached out to the Outsource community a couple of times for editorial input – most prominently, of course, in our just-launched writing competition (which I’m hoping you’ll all either enter or pass on to someone who … Read More