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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | July 27, 2017

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Digital Transformation

How to Ramp Up Your Sourcing Strategy With the Right Provider

July 7, 2017 |

More and more companies are using strategic sourcing platforms as a fulcrum for digital transformation within the department (and the enterprise as a whole, but that’s another story for another day). How? By working with the right partner, sourcing can … 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

Three tips for growing a mid-sized business in a world of change

April 26, 2017 |

Businesses have never faced such complex political, economic, social and digital forces as they do today. For example:

  • In the UK, Theresa May has formally announced the country’s intention to leave the European Union.
  • Gartner predicts 20.8 billion connected … Read More

Is procurement the key to unlocking innovation within organisations?

April 21, 2017 |

Depending on your business sector, the department you work in or your job function, innovation means different things to different people. Procurement professionals may view innovation as a long-term strategy, given the tremendous potential for delivering efficiencies and cost savings … Read More

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

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

Going digital, globally

October 17, 2016 |

Hard to believe half a year has gone by so quickly, but Outsource finds itself once again at a SIG Summit – taking place this time round in delightful (though, today, surprisingly drizzly) Carlsbad, California. The conference proper kicks off … Read More

Procurement excellence redefined

October 3, 2016 |

Procurement today is a different game. Once viewed as a back-office task, it has emerged as a key differentiator and driver of business value. And to execute it well requires totally new ways of thinking and acting.

Best-in-class organisations understand … Read More

Digital initiatives don’t always have to start with the customers…

September 26, 2016 |

When you think of digital transformation, it’s tempting to only rework your customer-facing systems. But if you don’t upgrade your back-end systems as well, your approach may well fall short.

When a company considers the adoption of digital technology, … Read More

Asking the right questions

September 19, 2016 |

The formation of a good sourcing agreement relies on clear thinking and agreement between the parties on what is to be done, why and how. The market and technology are changing so rapidly that the next agreement is likely to … 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

Delivering the Vision: The Three Fundamental Promises of BPO

August 10, 2016 |

 

Whether articulated explicitly or implicitly, a business process outsourcer has to deliver three fundamental expectations for their client:

  1. Service Improvement: enhance the experience of the client’s customers, employees and stakeholders
  2. Operational Efficiency: reduce the cost of day-to-day … Read More

OPINION: US onshoring – an idea whose time has come

August 3, 2016 | 1

Dictation being forced in Afghanistan, Revolution in South Africa taking a stand, People in Eurasia on the brink of oppression, I hope it’s gonna be alright. ‘It’s Alright’, Pet Shop Boys

Maybe not the greatest lyrics of all … Read More

Why it’s time to lift the “paper weight” from your business

July 21, 2016 |

It’s 2016 and we have digital technology at our fingertips, yet few bank accounts can be opened without printing and signing a paper form. A student can’t get their exam results until an examiner manually crosses and marks their paper. … Read More

Transforming Procurement for a Digital-First Economy

July 19, 2016 |

Business is going through a profoundly transformational period that has been called both “The Digital Era” and “The Age of the Customer”. Global innovation driven by the growth of affordable networked storage, sensory, and processing power has made possible … Read More

Pokemon Go means business: why B2B needs to get its game face on

July 19, 2016 | 2

Pokemon Go signals the mainstream arrival of augmented reality (AR). From here on in, virtual reality (VR) will always be the poorer cousin – or bridesmaid if you will, and never the bride – in the fight for digital’s push … Read More