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Outsourcing industry – time to innovate

Posted: 09/28/2017 - 05:43

Innovation in most sectors has its roots in technology. What is curious though is that the outsourcing industry that plays such a big part in transforming other sectors has somehow ignored the need for innovating its own business models.

There is clear evidence of headwinds and industry players need to innovate to stay relevant and play their part in the IT supply chain of the future in a fast changing market place. And the time for them to do so is running out fast.

There are some notable trends that underline the need for change -

Reverse Auction: Friend or Foe?

Posted: 06/30/2017 - 06:30

Procurement organizations have been using reverse auctions in sourcing events for decades as a means to reduce spend, introduce new vendors into the supply base and remain competitive in the market. While reverse auctions have flourished since the mid 1990’s, they have also been heavily scrutinized. Trends such as these have forced suppliers to adapt to competitive business practices or become inconsequential. As procurement tools become more streamlined, practices like reverse auctions are more commonplace in sourcing events; however, they continue to harbor negative connotations.

How Big Data Can Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

Posted: 06/03/2017 - 07:03

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 companies adapt their internal processes to rely on algorithms rather than rules of thumb. Here’s what you need to know to understand how big data is changing the supply chain and improving efficiency.

Q&A: Rainer Machek, SynerTrade

Posted: 05/18/2017 - 04:10

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 the role it plays in the market, and to get his take on some of the key trends driving the evolution of the sourcing and procurement space - and why different parts of the world are seeing organisations take very different approaches to solving some of the challenges facing that space today...

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

Posted: 05/13/2017 - 05:16

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 the right resources and competencies today to execute that transformation. Nevertheless, the enterprise’s “march to digital” continues unabated, with double the number of respondents reporting transformation initiatives are under way this year.

What are the benefits of outsourcing recruitment assessment for SMEs?

Posted: 05/13/2017 - 04:24

Recruitment is a serious matter for businesses of all sizes. It is a pricey process, both in terms of time and money. As such, we all enter into recruitment hoping to land an incredible employee who will add value to your organisation for years to come. Unfortunately, things don’t always turn out that way. Sometimes, despite our high hopes for a given candidate, we are let down and have to let them go.

Why multiplying compliance risks demand a calculated strategy

Posted: 05/11/2017 - 07:43

In the past, compliance risk was a top-of-mind issue among select industries: regulators appeared to have banking and financial services, along with energy and extractives, under a constant microscope. But as supply chains expanded across oceans and continents, and countries legislated regulations to address bribery and corruption, terrorist financing and human trafficking, compliance risk grew for all types of organisations. Now the pressure is on you.

Will the UK save £1.6bn on procurement after Brexit?

Posted: 05/05/2017 - 19:59

In its campaign against the UK's continued membership of the European Union, 'Vote Leave' claimed that EU procurement rules, which govern the purchase of goods and services by public sector bodies, cost UK taxpayers £1.6bn a year. It also claimed that 1.9 million days a year are lost to red tape delays.

Is it likely or possible that the UK can save this money and time cost by changing the public procurement rules after Brexit?

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