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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | May 29, 2017

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What President Trump needs to know about software development outsourcing

May 5, 2017 |

Many US companies have turned to outsourcing their software development to get quality software that supports innovation, generates revenue, and grows their business while benefitting the US economy. However, current US political discussions raise concerns about offshored jobs.

With the … 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

The tip of the infosec iceberg?

March 20, 2017 |

Recent stories by, amongst others, the BBC detailing large, well-organised and presumably very profitable scamming organisations targeting UK TalkTalk customers have hardly helped the already-lowly reputation of offshore contact centres – but may unfortunately be only the tip of a … Read More

OPINION: Design thinking should be life-centric…

February 27, 2017 |

As the drone flew over the factory in North Carolina and captured pictures and videos both inside and outside the factory, little did the company whose factory was being photographed realise that their practices would be questioned. Here is a … Read More

The X-factor for successful offshore delivery

February 13, 2017 |

Over the last two decades I have had the opportunity to work with some of the largest (as well as mid-sized) enterprises who had outsourced their IT work to offshore based teams. The offshore teams themselves were either part of … 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

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

Q&A: Danny Ertel, Vantage Partners

December 26, 2016 |

Danny Ertel is co-founder and Partner at Vantage Partners, a global consultancy firm that’s exerted a fair degree of influence over the evolution of the sourcing space as we know it – not least thanks to the thought leadership of … 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

Why South Africa can capitalise on Brexit

December 2, 2016 |

Recently I attended the Brexit & Global Expansion Summit in London, an event that brought together politicians, businesses and investors for discussions on the investment implications of Britain’s tectonic decision to leave the EU.

One of the sectors we discussed in … Read More

Does location really matter when offshoring your IT services?

November 4, 2016 |

Not too long back, many global IT service providers were known to move delivery of IT services of their clients to offshore locations (like South Africa, Latin America or India) without informing their clients. This was seen as an internal … Read More

Pay the price of a low price, or why nearshoring is replacing typical offshoring

October 31, 2016 |

Many people ask themselves if price should be the most important factor in the process of selecting an IT service provider. Is the cheapest option always the best one? It might be true, but there are some conditions. In this … Read More

Is the Philippines’ political unrest an opportunity for other BPO markets?

October 31, 2016 |

I visited Cape Town and Durban recently as a guest of BPESA (Business Process Enabling South Africa) and attended the South Africa BPM Summit 2016. The summit featured local business leaders, industry influencers, and politicians eager to create jobs in … Read More

Brexit migration controls will lead to more offshoring

October 1, 2016 | 1

One of the key arguments that really defined the Brexit referendum in the UK was migration. British voters supported an exit from the European Union largely because they wanted more control over their borders. Those arguing for Brexit say that … Read More

OPINION: Why Lebanon as a hub for business process outsourcing?

September 20, 2016 |

A couple of years back, I approached a number of legal process outsourcing (LPO) firms – all of the largest and most reputable American and British ones. Many replied; only one expressed interest and took it further. I made a proposal … Read More

Life Lessons: Ravichandran Venkataraman

September 12, 2016 |

Ravichandran Venkataraman is the Founder of Alive Consulting and a former Senior VP and Head of Global Business Services for HP – as well as a long-time columnist for Outsource. Who better, then, to launch our new Life Lessons interview … Read More