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

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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

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

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

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

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

How digital technology is changing global sourcing and lowering cost per hire

August 25, 2016 |

It has already happened. Digital technology has taken over. When it comes to global sourcing, job opportunities, branding, company cultures, it is all transparent. Job-seekers can see straight through you and your company before they walk through the door and shake … Read More

Writing Competition: 3rd Place

August 16, 2016 | 4

What will be the most important drivers of change in the global sourcing arena over the next decade, and why?

Evolution is natural. Change is inevitable. As a professional, if you are not keeping up on trends in your industry, … Read More

Device mesh, imagination and the law

August 12, 2016 |

Only imagination limits the opportunities available from our rapidly connected world. It’s hard to think of a household product or work device that could not have some benefit from being connected to another application via the internet of things (IoT), … 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

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

Q&A: Haitao Qi, Devott

June 14, 2016 |

Haitao Qi is the CEO and founder of Devott, the leading Chinese research and advisory firm focussed on the country’s technology markets and business services, whose annual Devott Global IT & Sourcing Summit (DGITS) is now the largest of its … Read More

A new way to serve and contract

April 1, 2016 |

The world of sourced services is developing rapidly. Gone are the long-term, rigid forms based on lease funding and assumptions of slothful corporate evolution. The cloud, rapid innovation and globalisation have put paid to that. So what emerging trends of … Read More

Three CIO imperatives – and three ways to fund them

February 22, 2016 | 1

CIOs today face a number of front-burner issues that either didn’t exist or barely registered on the radars of their counterparts in 2000. Yet at the same time, the more things change, the more things stay the same.

One imperative … Read More

How ITO pricing models will change through 2016

January 25, 2016 |

It wasn’t all too long ago that pricing models offered by information technology outsourcing (ITO) services and firms fell strictly into the “static” category. In fact, thinking of these agreements as anything but fixed or rigid in nature simply didn’t … Read More

Work Smarter – Disruptive Technologies Transform Procurement Skill Sets

November 5, 2015 |

 

As traditional sourcing techniques become increasingly outdated, procurement professionals must acquire new competencies to truly enable differentiation for their clients.

Specifically, technology is disrupting the purchasing process and the measurement of procurement value. Cognitive tools and smart machines … Read More

How to make ITO+BPO=Saving

October 16, 2015 |

A recent discussion we had with a large European retailer proved quite revealing. The retailer had no visibility to invoices from freight forwarders. It was unable to monitor rates and pricing mechanisms, shipment units and measurements, exposure to carriers and … Read More