Here’s some sourcing cheese we don’t need more of in 2013:
1) “Big Data”. Puh-lease. Who came up with this in the first place?
2) “BPM”. Nasscom took it upon itself to rename the BPO industry “BPM” (Business Process Management). It made a press release… but has anyone heard the new term since mentioned even once?
3) “Innovation”. Overused and rarely achieved in sourcing. Let’s put this one back in the locker until we actually see some. The temporary term to be used is “Shminnovation”.
4) “End-to-end process”. I’m sorry, but what is an “end-to-end” process? A process with a middle bit, a front bit and and end bit? Does this mean companies only look at parts of processes?
5) “Cloud”. This is about as relevant as “e-business” became with any piece of software that became web-enabled. Time to put this one to rest?
6) “Data Scientists”. Can we kill this one before it starts, please? Makes me think of geeks in white coats…
7) “Global In-house Centers”. Try telling your Mom and Dad you work for a Global In-house Center… oh my.
8′) “Users”. Please, please, please can people stop referring to customers as users. Until IBM starts slinging cocaine, I think we’re good to drop this one…
9) “Buyers”. And please, please, please, please can people stop referring to customers as buyers. Why not just call them “shoppers”? Are you a sourcing shopper?
10) “Outsourcing”. Ha. Only kidding… let’s not go there….