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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | April 30, 2017

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Globalisation

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

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

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

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

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

Sin to cross the oceans?

January 3, 2017 |

Our ancestors in India always told us that it was a sin to cross the oceans (and many in India do not cross oceans even today). There was something about globalisation that they just did not like and I have … Read More

Life Lessons: Peter Dickinson

December 20, 2016 |

Peter Dickinson is a partner at international law firm Mayer Brown and co-leads their global Technology Transactions practice; he’s also a hugely respected thought leader and a regular contributor to Outsource, offering insight on a broad range of legal and … Read More

Q&A: Alejandro Camino, Softtek

December 14, 2016 |

Alejandro – Alex – Camino is the CMO of Mexico-based IT provider Softtek, and a prominent and increasingly influential thought leader in the Western Hemisphere’s nearshore sector (including playing a key role in the development and growth of theLatAm Alliance). … Read More

The outsource economy

August 24, 2016 | 1

Globalisation has sparked a shift in production to third parties. Savvy manufacturers are tapping digital networks to maximise opportunities and minimise risk.

Our plant across the street was shut down this year, replaced by overseas contract manufacturers. It’s the new … 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

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

Q&A: Joe Musacchio, PeopleTicker

July 1, 2016 |

Joe Musacchio is the CEO of PeopleTicker, a fast-growing company providing rating and benchmarking services covering the contingent labour space. Outsource met Joe at the SIG Spring Summit in Orlando, Florida, where his company’s chairman John Sculley gave the Wednesday … Read More

Culture gaps in a shrinking world

May 16, 2016 |

In so many ways the business world is smaller and more accessible in the modern era – a place where even tiny online companies can trade globally, where people travel for work as a matter of routine and where businesses … Read More

Q&A: Atul Vashistha, NeoGroup

May 11, 2016 |

Atul Vashistha is the CEO and chairman of global services and sourcing advisory firm NeoGroup, as well as the former (as of last month) chairman of the Nearshore Executive Alliance (NEA). Continuing our series of interviews from the recent SIG … Read More

Battle lines in the sourcing world

April 13, 2016 |

The sourcing industry can be thought of as a harbinger for new ideas, technologies and solutions that much of the developing world wasn’t privy to toward the end of the millennium. Of course, the type of explosive growth this industry … Read More