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Cognitive Procurement is Trending and Cognitive Outsourcing is Up Next

Posted: 05/25/2019 - 01:29

There has been a lot of buzz about “cognitive procurement,” the application of artificial intelligence (AI) to support buying goods and services to free up humans to handle valuable procurement functions that AI cannot manage.

The same advanced technologies that are making procurement smarter, more efficient and more data-driven, can be used to make outsourcing relationships leaner, more profitable and more advantageous. 

How to Know if Your Print Suppliers are “Green”

Posted: 05/21/2019 - 02:06
Environmental sustainability has become an important topic among sourcing professionals over the past few years. A recent Google search using the term “sustainable procurement” returned just under 28,000 results, and that included only results for the past year. Searches using the terms “sustainable purchasing” and “sustainable sourcing” produced a similar number of results.
 

When the Future You Anticipate Never Arrives: Ensuring Your Expected Outcomes Are Accurate

Posted: 05/10/2019 - 01:33
Today, where machines make decisions, the notion of the “right set of data” becomes a lot harder to understand. This is because machines learn differently than we do. In addition, the rationale for the output that they produce is more difficult to reconstruct. Machines do not have the intuition or the critical reasoning that can help to elevate or discount one data point over another. Input data must be free from bias, representative and as accurate as possible. 
 

Job Burnout

Posted: 05/07/2019 - 01:14
Have you been feeling exhausted, depleted and stressed to the core? Ever feel like you don’t have boundaries between your work life or personal life? Do you feel like you’re sinking, unable to meet constant demands, and are starting to have zero motivation? If you’ve said yes to any of those questions to any degree, you may be experiencing job burnout. Let’s take a closer look as to what exactly job burnout is, identify causes, and examine ways to quell the symptoms before they take you down. 
 

A MSP Service Delivery Model Based on Design Thinking

Posted: 05/02/2019 - 23:52
A traditional managed service provider (MSP) solution’s plan begins with analyzing the prevailing business constraints in a talent supply chain and then addresses the standard set of program issues using a well-worn solutions playbook. However, this leads to a tactical “one shoe fits all” approach to service delivery, generally resulting in only marginal improvements in a client’s contingent workforce program and is usually limited to operational (i.e., tactical) program features. 
 

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