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

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Does outsourcing the management of your contingent workforce still make sense?

May 15, 2017 |

With all of the advances in vendor management technology (VMS), some companies are evaluating the idea of managing their cadre of non-employees internally. Much of the value brought to bear by a managed service provider (MSP) is typically in the … Read More

Download your FREE contingent workforce management (CWM) report!

May 8, 2017 | 1

Readers of last week’s Outsource Monthly email were treated to a unique gift when they opened their mail: a free copy of a report produced by Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) with the support of Jay Lash entitled ‘A Business Case … 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

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

‘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

Brexit: more March Madness

March 30, 2017 |

There’s a new twist on March Madness, at least in the United Kingdom’s IT services world, as the UK has officially triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty advancing Britain’s separation from the European Union. This blows open the future … 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

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

Getting multiple suppliers to work together

October 12, 2016 |

Multi-supplier service is all the rage, together with its linking agent Service Integration and Management (SIAM). Wonderful in theory… How does one practically get multiple parties to collaborate towards a common end?

It was recognised early in the development of … Read More

The joy of webinars

September 22, 2016 |

Earlier today, I had the great pleasure of hosting the seventh episode of Outsource Talks, our webinar series – for those of you not yet familiar with this especially marvellous project – that brings the time-honoured talkshow model to the … Read More

US candidates return to familiar outsourcing arguments

September 2, 2016 |

For as long as I can remember, arguments about outsourcing have played a part in the US election cycle. In the final stages of the presidential election the two candidates will make promises they can’t keep and declarations about how … 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

Walking in a webinar wonderland…

August 18, 2016 |

Another month, another great Outsource Talks webinar… This week it was my profound pleasure and privilege to welcome Vested’s Kate Vitasek, KPMG’s Don Ryan and ‘Art of Procurement’ host Phil Ideson to the Outsource Talks sofa, where the hour fairly … Read More

Q&A: Clyde Dornier

August 15, 2016 |

Clyde Dornier is a familiar and hugely respected figure within the global sourcing and procurement community, having served as CPO for both Visa and the Freeman Companies. We got together with Clyde at April’s SIG Summit in Orlando, Florida, to … Read More

The future of work: your robot coworkers

August 11, 2016 |

From the invention of the wheel and steam engine to fax machines and desktop computers, technology has always shaped the way we work – but in the last few decades, the pace of innovation has sped up exponentially, forcing employees … Read More

What Brexit might mean for the UK’s relationship with Poland – and its effect on outsourcing

August 9, 2016 |

With the United Kingdom set to leave the European Union, the impact on the Polish outsourcing market looks likely to be both positive and negative. The full extent on outsourcing is yet to be determined, but some predictions can be … Read More