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

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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

Will the UK save £1.6bn on procurement after Brexit?

May 5, 2017 |

In its campaign against the UK’s continued membership of the European Union, ‘Vote Leave’ claimed that EU procurement rules, which govern the purchase of goods and services by public sector bodies, cost UK taxpayers £1.6bn a year. It also claimed … Read More

TOP TEN: Opportunities and Legal Risks Considerations When Embracing New Technologies

May 5, 2017 |

From customer-facing artificial intelligence systems, to cloud-based applications that have created the digital gig economy, or mobile-based banking systems that facilitate fast payments, in recent years a number of industry sectors have been challenged by the development of digital and … Read More

Brexit splits UK businesses over data law

May 4, 2017 |

As Brexit slowly begins to become a reality, there are worrying signs that British businesses are cancelling vital data protection reforms – in the mistaken hope that rules will change once the UK has left Europe.

The UK vote to … Read More

Is your supply chain free from human rights abuses?

May 2, 2017 | 1

A 2012 report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimated that nearly 21 million people worldwide are victims of forced labour, with the highest concentrations found in countries in central and southeastern Europe and in Africa. With complex global supply … Read More

The ‘gig economy’: from the margins to the mainstream

May 2, 2017 |

The ‘gig economy’ is a term that is hard to avoid nowadays. But what is it exactly and what does it mean for the outsourcing professional?

The so-called ‘gig economy’ is a term used to describe a labour market in … Read More

Effective outsourcing by UK local authorities

April 3, 2017 |

The ever-increasing pressures from budget cuts and higher demand for services means local authorities are continuously looking at ways of delivering their services more efficiently and cost-effectively while also seeking to ensure continued high levels of service.

Outsourcing remains a … Read More

Contracting for emerging technologies: change with the changes

February 20, 2017 |

Emerging technology services have revolutionised the sourcing industry. These disruptive technologies like autonomics, interface technologies, big data analytics and other computing technologies have permitted smaller companies to successfully challenge established incumbent businesses. Specifically, as incumbents focus on improving their products … Read More

Artificial intelligence and the insurance industry: the journey has just begun

January 23, 2017 | 1

By virtue of the risk adverse nature of the insurance sector, the sector has not been considered to be at the vanguard in terms of the adoption of new technologies.

However, the recent announcement that Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance is … Read More

Hart, Holmstrom: Contract theory and incomplete contracts

January 6, 2017 |

Professors Bengt Holmström (MIT) and Oliver Hart (Harvard) received the 2016 Nobel Prize in economic science in October for their work in the realm of contract theory and, most intriguing, the nature of contracts as being essentially incomplete.

The Nobel … 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

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

Q&A: Ed Hansen, Morgan Lewis

October 28, 2016 |

Ed Hansen is a Partner at Morgan Lewis, and one of the best-known lawyers in the international sourcing and outsourcing space (as well as an occasional contributor to Outsource). We caught up with Ed earlier this month at the SIG … Read More

The future is here now

October 26, 2016 |

The first driverless cars in the UK are now being tested on the streets. “Cognitive robot” Amelia is proving to be a more popular service interface with residents of the London Borough of Enfield than her human predecessors. Technology 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

The General Data Protection Regulation: key implications for UK outsourcing

September 12, 2016 |

From 25 May 2018, a new European General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) will apply and change the rules applicable to businesses that process “personal data” such as customer and employee data. Organisations will need to consider implementing new procedures … Read More