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Shrink an agile business case

Posted: 03/11/2016 - 20:56

There is a fiction that suggests that business decisions are made on purely utilitarian grounds. Psychologists have shown convincingly that people value the avoidance of loss far more highly than capturing gains. There are many and significant implications for those seeking to implement change, particularly in an agile environment.

The Agile Manifesto

Ready, aim... Don't shoot the messenger!

Posted: 03/11/2016 - 20:53

Every once in a while I come across a situation marked with incongruous and unexpected elements that, when summed up, can only be labelled as completely bizarre. One such situation started in the boardroom of Walker Ideas, a very successful inside-outsourcing service provider to the food industry. Walker operates at dozens of facilities dedicated to performing services that their customers strategically exited. As such, Walker is a key partner to their customers, or so they allow themselves to believe.

#LifeAfterCollege: why social and digital media are essential to graduate recruitment success

Posted: 03/11/2016 - 04:38

It’s the first thing millennials see in the morning, the last thing they look at before going to bed, and their constant companion throughout the day. It’s their phone. The younger generation’s dependency on mobile is driven by the considerable role technology plays in our everyday lives. With the touch of a button, these young men and women can do anything from ordering a car or depositing a check to sharing photos, videos and stories with friends and the public at large.

Data warehousing: moving from a T&M to a Managed Service model

Posted: 03/10/2016 - 03:07

I often get asked whether managed service is just hype and nothing but glorified “time and material” (T&M) in a different guise. Usually we understand a managed service to be measured, and paid for, based on a pre-defined effort and output for the work in hand, as opposed to T&M which is a simple calculation of the amount of time taken multiplied by the rate card value, plus the cost of any materials consumed. The simple answer is that it is hype if it is not done properly.

Q&A: Caroline Allen, ACTE

Posted: 03/03/2016 - 02:47

Caroline Allen is the European Regional Director for the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), which has partnered with the Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) on SIG’s next London Regional Roundtable (taking place March 15). We got together with Caroline to find out more about her association, and why the partnership makes sense for travel professionals and procurement specialists alike.

TOP TEN: (Even More) Outsourcing Insults

Posted: 03/01/2016 - 21:35

A couple of years ago, as part of our ongoing Top Ten series we published a collection of some of the finest, most cutting terms of abuse ever heard in a professional environment (soon to be followed by a second): along with transforming the global business landscape, members of the outsourcing community certainly appear to possess world-class talents in the fields of invective, calumny and scorn…

Beyond the traditional ZOPA: how to create value in complex deals

Posted: 02/26/2016 - 06:37

You’ve all been told that to create value in your negotiations and get the “best” deal for your organization you need to expand the pie, not just haggle over the limited and fixed number of pie pieces. But no one has really demonstrated pie expansion – value – for commercial contracts – until now.

Time to talk Talks

Posted: 02/25/2016 - 22:37

I always find it gratifying when a dormant project is resurrected: it means that effort already exerted (perhaps a while beforehand) has not after all been wasted, and that what seemed a good idea at the time continues to seem so some time down the line. With this in mind, I’m delighted to announce the (re)launch of our Outsource Talks webinar series, our attempt to bring the “chat show” format to the outsourcing space.

The Delivery Engine: rediscovering lost lessons on corporate governance

Posted: 02/19/2016 - 20:59

Over the past 40 years something extraordinary has been happening in organisations. The staff and management who populate them have been getting progressively smarter, at least when measured by their education, ongoing training and number of books read. Paradoxically, the organisations themselves seemed to have become dumber.

In-house or outsourced transformation: which is best?

Posted: 02/19/2016 - 20:48

In this article I examine the question of whether an in-house or outsourced approach is best when transforming business support services such as HR, procurement, customer care, etc. So for example an organisation might ask itself: “Should we establish a robotic process automation (RPA) regime in our accounting operation or should we get a business process outsourcing (BPO) provider to run our accounting for us, which would include the deployment of its RPA regime?”

“Making it formal”: how structured development plans drive technology transformation

Posted: 02/17/2016 - 21:23

Recent research by the UK’s Tech Partnership into the views and opinions of 1,600 employers across the UK concluded that economic growth is being put at risk due to skills gaps in the tech workforce. Employers reported significant problems in recruitment, with 42% of those recruiting tech specialists saying that they were constrained by ‘hard to fill’ vacancies.

Building service capability

Posted: 02/17/2016 - 03:40

The concept of “capability” has long been used in strategic analysis to establish defensible leadership. What are the capabilities that are being established by leading service providers and customers? How do you assess the difference between hype and substance?

Inhuman scale: Big Data, the Internet of Things and the AI revolution

Posted: 02/10/2016 - 23:53

Of all the jargon and buzzwords beloved of IT professionals – “the cloud”, “SaaS”, “web 2.0” and an infinity of others – “Big Data” is the most alluringly easy to misunderstand. Whilst big data systems do entail a large volume of data, the real benefits come from the speed (or ‘velocity’) of accumulation, and the array of different types of data (or ‘variety’) that are collected and analysed.

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