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

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Offshore Impact: Report From The Trenches

June 23, 2017 |

Almost every week in the last few months someone has asked me about the general mood on the streets of Bangalore. What are the IT professionals in the Silicon Valley of East making of the changes in the industry? How … Read More

Industry 4.0 – The Perfect Nearshoring Storm

June 12, 2017 |

How the rise of smart cities and smart manufacturing is driving the future of nearshoring

As demand for intelligent IT solutions grows and the industry faces an ever-increasing talent shortage (with IT roles being the second most difficult group to … Read More

How Big Data Can Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

June 2, 2017 |

Recently, supply chain professionals have recognized that better data collection and increased computing power can track sourcing, scheduling and routing better and faster than any human. Applying big data to thorny supply chain problems is still an emerging art as … Read More

Q&A: Rainer Machek, SynerTrade

May 17, 2017 |

Rainer Machek is Executive Vice President at SynerTrade, a Germany-based global provider of digital procurement solutions. We caught up with Rainer at a recent Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) Global Summit to find out a bit more about his organisation and … Read More

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

The 2017 CPO agenda: keeping pace with and enabling digital transformation

May 12, 2017 | 1

According to The Hackett Group’s 2017 Key Issues Study, 84% of procurement organisations believe that digital transformation will fundamentally change the way their services are delivered over the next three to five years. Yet only 25% say that procurement has … 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

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

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

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

Cognitive solutions: beware the black box and big promise

April 13, 2017 |

In a maturing market, buyers are becoming increasingly aware that the umbrella term “intelligent automation” comprises a broad spectrum of functionality, ranging from teachable bots that execute repeatable and scripted tasks, to more advanced cognitive tools that apply pattern recognition … Read More

Software-Defined Networking (SDN): the future of networking?

April 12, 2017 |

Over the past two decades, networking has been severely limited: it simply could not keep up with new demands from businesses in an increasingly digital world. However, that is all about to change thanks to the creation of software-defined networking, … Read More

Life Lessons: Rick Sturge

April 10, 2017 | 1

Rick Sturge is EVP Business Development at Firstsource Solutions, with over two decades’ experience in outsourcing and business transformation. We turned to Rick for the latest in our Life Lessons series – and received lessons aplenty…

What has been the … 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