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Ecosystems, ROI and the Hot Air Balloon Myth

Posted: 04/19/2018 - 02:35

Whether you crossed the automation chasm early, or are just starting your journey into digital service delivery, you’re not alone if you’ve got questions surrounding technical ecosystem choices. Generating ROI—and how exactly to go about proving the value of numerous small automation projects versus one giant re-platforming initiative—is a common challenge. 

Open vs. Closed Ecosystems 

The Meaning of Facebook’s Fall-out: Centralized vs. Decentralized Systems

Posted: 04/18/2018 - 04:58
Reduce risk and opt for a decentralized system of sourcing

When the Internet arrived, we said, “The world is no longer flat! This changes everything!” Then we went back to building centralized systems – something we still do today. Examples of centralized systems are our ERPs, enterprise payment systems and government platforms. Recent commercial examples include Google, Facebook and Uber. 

Procurement Outsourcing: Warming to the Catalysts in Our Midst

Posted: 04/12/2018 - 08:53
Switching to outsourced strategic procurement and the steps to take

Making the switch to outsourced strategic procurement is not as simple as handing tasks and responsibilities to a third party. It requires wholesale change that starts from within. Someone in procurement needs to lead that change, and it may or may not be the CPO. What procurement needs to do is to find the catalysts in their midst.

Nailing Down Managed Services Requirements: Building the Right Outsourced Structure for Your Organization

Posted: 03/21/2018 - 00:25
Creating Managed Service Requirements and building the right outsourced structure for your organization.

When a function or even a full department is outsourced to a managed service provider (MSP), the scope of work, requirements and service needs can at times be hard to nail down, especially as the relationship with the MSP evolves over time and the needs of the business evolve. This is particularly true in the case of IT Managed Services – an area with frequent need for outsourcing due to resource constraints and/or technical expertise and an area where it is critical that services continue uninterrupted. 

Minimizing Risk in the Outsource Model

Posted: 02/22/2018 - 05:53

2018 is not the first time our industry has come under fire. It’s had a colourful history from tales of cost-cutting to ethical arguments around driving labour arbitrage. Outsourcing has often been misunderstood and the whole industry blamed when things go wrong. But with the recent, spectacular collapse of Carillion we are seeing a renewed attack from certain corners in relation to the “failure of outsourcing.” A grand, sweeping statement, but is there any truth in it? 

Bridging the Strategy-to-Execution Gap

Posted: 01/27/2018 - 01:01

Outsourcing decisions often come down to a relatively simple cost-driven Return on Investment (ROI) calculation: how much will the cost change in each scenario and how quickly can that investment be recovered? 

On the surface, this purely economic approach seems appropriate enough. After all, economics are certainly important. But over-reliance on purely financial-driven outsourcing decisions is one of the biggest causes of the “strategy-to-execution gap,” namely the distance between a company’s business strategies and its ability to execute on them. 

Considering Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

Posted: 12/02/2017 - 01:09

Customers embark on an RPA journey for a variety of reasons. For some it's about not being able to grow organically with the traditional models of adding new people into the mix. For others, it can be a desire to achieve greater cost certainty and overcome the challenges of moving work offshore and the uncertainty that it brings into today's political climate. Regardless of the reasons why companies embark on the journey, a common outcome is sought -  a high-quality service with a reduced cost of operating.  

Q&A: Jamie Ogilvie-Smals, GEP 

Posted: 11/15/2017 - 02:20

Mark Pollack (MP): Jamie, tell our readers about yourself and your role within the organization. 

Jamie Ogilvie-Smals (JOS): GEP is the largest provider of unified procurement solutions in the world, combining strategic consulting, managed procurement services and cloud-based procurement software. We have a rapidly-expanding, blue-chip client base of Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

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