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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | September 23, 2017

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Cost Reduction

Reverse Auction: Friend or Foe?

June 29, 2017 |

Procurement organizations have been using reverse auctions in sourcing events for decades as a means to reduce spend, introduce new vendors into the supply base and remain competitive in the market. While reverse auctions have flourished since the mid 1990’s, … Read More

The 10 keys to optimizing a finance operating model

November 19, 2015 |


As companies go global to remain competitive, Finance and Accounting (F&A) is going borderless, presenting a host of new challenges for CFOs who are already stretched for time, staff, skills, and budget. Cost reduction, combined with strategic insights … Read More

You, Robot?

January 6, 2014 |

Our series looking at ‘Post-Human BPO’ and the robotic revolution begins with an exploration of the impact automation technology is having – and will have – on end-user organisations and the outsourcing provider community: professionals, transform!

The past couple of … Read More

2014 the year of working the profit and loss harder

December 16, 2013 | recently published an article around the Eight Top Issues for CFOs in 2014*. The number one consideration was to ‘avoid choking off revenue growth’ or put another way, focus on growth oriented cost management.

The article commented: “Corporate profit margins are close … Read More

Why are businesses failing to get the most out of their non-core costs? (pt 1)

November 14, 2013 |

Many businesses are failing to properly manage both external suppliers and non-core costs. The conventional procurement function in a vast majority of large organizations is failing. But the issue here is far deeper than simply pointing your finger at … Read More

Outsourcing is NOT offshoring – why procurement outsourcing needs an alternative approach

November 4, 2013 |

Many internal procurement functions struggle to meet the increasing demands placed on them from budget holders, looking to get more for less – particularly when talking about non-core goods and services (which differ from budget holder to budget holder, … Read More

Catalytics: the end of the unhealthy obsession with savings

November 4, 2013 |

We at Proxima believe too many businesses have an unhealthy obsession with savings. Whilst savings are of course important, no business ever saved its way to greatness.  Procurement should be offering much, much more

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The alignment of the procurement function to the wider corporate aims: Vodafone’s Stephen Day talks with Proxima

October 31, 2013 |

Stephen Day, Group Supply Chain Management Director – IT at Vodafone, and Proxima’s Chris Gayner, discuss the importance of procurement to the wider business strategy; and the pros and cons of outsourcing, particularly in the area of procurement outsourcing.

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Outsourcing: myths, facts and statistics

September 16, 2013 | 17

Work is no longer bounded by co-worker proximity or time zone. It also involves a much broader set of ‘workers’ – not just employees, suppliers and partners, but customers, freelancers and an increasingly capable network of smart devices and interconnected … Read More

Is cost-cutting killing your ITO relationships?

August 21, 2013 |

The UK economy has received a welcome boost in recent weeks with continuing signs that the recovery is gathering pace, but there is still a long way to go and this doesn’t reflect the wider European picture. IT leaders are … Read More

Smarten Up: why smart cost management is important to everyone

December 13, 2012 |

This article originally appeared in Outsource magazine Issue #30 Winter 2012

Our seriesOutsourceXplores Smart Cost Management with KLB Group kicks off with a top-level view of the topic and why it matters to everyone throughout the organisation – especially those with … Read More

KLB Group

December 7, 2012 |

KLB Group is the leading Purchasing and Supply Chain operational consultancy.

Vision :

Companies need to address three challenges : Focus their resources on their core business Reduce fixed costs Improve support function performance Additionally, support functions are becoming more … Read More

OPINION: Is it time to rethink long-distance, high-risk supply chains?

December 4, 2012 |

The essential indicators used to evaluate the well being of any economy are similar to those used to judge company success. Liabilities, current debt, cash flow and revenue can easily be applicable to both micro and macro economic scenarios. Being … Read More

Roundtable: The Value of HR Outsourcing

September 18, 2012 |

Last month, to launch our series ‘OutsourceXplores Getting out of the HR Jungle’, Outsource and Logica – now part of CGI – convened a roundtable looking at some of the key trends, developments, challenges and opportunities at play within the … Read More

Q&A: Nick Araco, CFO Alliance

August 6, 2012 |

Nick Araco is the President and CEO of the CFO Alliance, a “community that brings together the experience, knowledge, and collective wisdon of peers, subject matter experts, and academic authorities to enable senior financial leaders and decision makers to be … Read More

OPINION: Why was G4S ever expected to deliver on such a high-volume recruitment contract?

August 3, 2012 |

The Herculean scandal precipitated by the admission from G4S that it was unable to honour its contract to provide more than 10,000 security staff for the London Olympics seemed to come with all the speed of a Bolt from the … Read More