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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | May 1, 2017

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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

‘Long-termism’: as crucial in talent management as in wider business strategies

April 7, 2017 |

Commentators have long debated the extent to which ‘short-termism’ (the concentration on short-term objectives for immediate profits) in business impacts both individual organisations and the wider economy. According to recent research, however, companies deliver significantly improved results when leaders manage … Read More

RPA, its future and you: surprising revelations

April 7, 2017 |

Less than two per cent of the global outsourcing market is affected by robotic process automation (RPA). And yet, some estimates show that the growth of RPA use may approach 90 per cent year-over-year, according to an interview with Everest … 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

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

The ‘mid-market reality check’: what are the real procurement priorities for UK medium-sized businesses in 2017?

March 6, 2017 |

There always seems to be plenty of commentary around what’s driving innovation and growth in both large enterprises and startups. By comparison, the mid-market seems slightly neglected; this seems an oversight given the crucial role it plays in the UK … Read More

What your suppliers aren’t telling you (and why you should worry)

February 27, 2017 |

In a multi-partner service delivery model, transparency and visibility are essential to an effective security and supplier risk management (SRM) strategy. Yet a wide range of evidence suggests that this transparency is sorely lacking in many cases.

According to a … Read More

Seven is a lucky number, but procurement success takes more than luck

January 6, 2017 |

It’s clear that procurement has evolved over the past several years. And it continues to evolve. Digitisation has helped take it from what was viewed as a back office function to a key differentiator and value driver. But why have … Read More

How to minimise massive turnover of IT professionals

December 13, 2016 | 1

The IT and tech sectors have long suffered from an epidemic of high turnover rates, shared by businesses that are great at acquiring, but terrible at retaining, these professionals. Prior research has found that factors such as low job satisfaction, … Read More

Reliance upon ERP systems alone could be damaging your growth ambitions

November 4, 2016 |

The world is growing increasingly complex. As such, agile capabilities and the ability to quickly adapt to changes in global environments are becoming more and more important. Events like the rise of extremist terror organisations and the dissemination of technology … Read More

EMEA sourcing market enjoys a strong third quarter in 2016

October 27, 2016 |

We’ve just published the latest ISG Index, which reveals that the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) market saw solid regional growth in 3Q 2016. Combined third-quarter ACV reached €3.1 billion, up 22% over the previous quarter, with traditional and … Read More

Are underdeveloped business practices holding back your growth?

October 3, 2016 | 1

For outsourcers, a commitment to best practice processes is absolutely vital for success. They not only ensure that your business is offering best-of-breed services, but they also go a long way in reducing overall business costs and working capital by … Read More

UK ITDMs demand government action on STEM in Brexit wake

September 30, 2016 |

New survey from IP EXPO Europe shows 70% of ITDMs believe UK government should do more to attract young people to technology professions…

LONDON – 27 September 2016 – New research commissioned by IP EXPO Europe, Europe’s number-one enterprise … 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

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