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

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Transformation

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

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

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

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

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

Is RPA a roadblock to digital transformation? What CIOs need to know

April 3, 2017 | 2

Robotic process automation (RPA) is all the rage these days, and with good reason. Software bots that replicate the way humans perform repetitive, rule-based tasks are driving significant cost savings and productivity increases. For as little as $10,000 a year, … Read More

Humans and machines will collaborate for better customer interactions

March 7, 2017 |

In today’s business climate, it is innovation levels coupled with speed to market that will determine a company’s success. This was one of the reasons why, in 2016, we saw more interest in trends around optimising business processes – from … Read More

Digital strategies without the hype: fundamentals for effective implementation

January 19, 2017 |

Undoubtedly, digital has huge potential: to fundamentally transform the business operating model; to unlock the “impossible challenge”; to greatly accelerate change; and to intimately connect a company to its customers in real time. However, digital can also expose a company’s … 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

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

Regulating outsourcing creates surprising vendor opportunities

January 3, 2017 |

During the election, Donald Trump said that he would stop work from leaving America, and would tax offshored products at 35%. Weeks before Trump is sworn in as President of the United States, he is hard at work wheeling and … Read More

IT outsourcing is being transformed, but do the outsourcers understand?

December 6, 2016 |

The Register likes to put the boot in when they comment on IT stories, so it was no surprise to see a recent feature about Fujitsu in which The Register summarised that Fujitsu needs to “get a move on” if … Read More

Live Wires #10: Climbing the RPA learning curve

December 2, 2016 | 1

Thus far our quest for robotic process automation (RPA) enlightenment has focused on some of the personalities building this emerging industry – from software providers, outsourcers and implementers. Alex Nield is Head of Solution Design for Business Services at Direct … Read More

Outsourcing accounts payable: how automated technology enhances transparency

December 2, 2016 |

Outsourcing the accounts payable (AP) function has many benefits, in particular enabling organisations to streamline essential operational processes and be more efficient. As with many outsourced functions, AP often requires expertise and technology that necessitate significant capital expenditure if they … Read More