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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | July 23, 2014

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Fact-finding: outsource to add value (Part 1)

July 22, 2014 |

There is an urgent need for medium and large organisations to re-think their fact-finding systems for internal inquiries, complaints and disciplinary investigations. This affects areas such as FCA and other regulatory compliance, employment, health and safety issues, complaints processes, intellectual … Read More

Analysing Analytics and its Role in Outsourcing (Part 2)

July 18, 2014 |

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Applications of Analytics in Outsourcing Contracts

Examples of applications of analytics in outsourcing contracts include using data from processing sales orders and invoice payments in FAO to drive analytics for … Read More

At Your Service (Part 2)

July 18, 2014 |

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One of the most influential thinkers in this field is the practical and thoughtful Frederick Reichheld of Bain Consulting [Ref 1]. It was he who most clearly articulated the lifetime … Read More

The “I” Word: Innovation – avoid false assumptions

July 17, 2014 |

Innovation transforms something, whether a process or a machine. It is more than an incremental improvement – saving “fingers and toes” worth of time, effort or money. Innovation is, I believe, disruptive, as opposed to continuous improvements which can be … Read More

The “I” Word: Innovation in the finance function – the Shared Service Centre as an innovation engine

July 17, 2014 |

The concept of innovation is something that has been at the heart of every SSC setup ever since the shared services and outsourcing industry got started in the last decades of the last century. From the outset, centres have been … Read More

The “I” Word: Innovation and the contract

July 17, 2014 |

Innovation is always an interesting topic…! As a starter for ten, I would classify “innovation” as – in the broad sense – changing the services or commercial model behind them in a way to make a beneficial improvement for the … Read More

The “I” Word: Driving innovation in outsourced IT services contracts

July 17, 2014 |

In the last few decades IT departments and the services they provide have largely evolved from being an internal support function to a key enabler for businesses  – and now increasingly a competitive edge for businesses. Companies which embraced this … Read More

The “I” Word: How can you buy Scotch mist?

July 17, 2014 |

Even if all the SLAs are hit and the client is happy with the supplier’s work, “we didn’t get any innovation from our BPO supplier”. Innovation is still a frequent disappointment when we interview clients about satisfaction with their BPO … Read More

The “I” Word: Three types of innovation requiring three approaches in an agreement

July 17, 2014 |

Rewind first back to the respective business aims of both parties. The supplier’s aim is to supply great outsourcing services that maximise their margin and increase their breadth of offering so outsourcing relationships can grow and flourish. The client on … Read More

The “I” Word: Innovation in practice

July 17, 2014 |

For many years, Alsbridge had been hearing from clients and contacts that outsourcing was failing to deliver the goods on innovation. Despite great expectations, often stoked during the sales process, most outsourcing relationships really weren’t seen by buyers as innovative … Read More