Category Archives: Captives and Shared Services Strategies

Shamelessly Shamus: Why Europe is positioned to leapfrog the United States

Shamus Rae is Partner at KPMG and Heads Operational Transformation in Europe

Did you hear the one about the Mamil (middle aged man in lycra), who got off his bike, donned a suit and tie and joined a Big 4 consulting firm to wax lyrical about sourcing strategy?

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ISG, Enlighta and KPMG make the Winner’s Circle for Governance Solutions

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Mike Beals talks to HfS readers about his new HfS Blueprint Report, “Shared Services & Outsourcing Governance Solutions”

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What’s the real impact of Digital Technologies on Outsourcing and Shared Services?

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The business world is fundamentally shifting, but do our organizations really need to reinvent their operating models to stay ahead of the curve?

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Outsourcing and shared services investment intentions at record high as the Integrated Global Services model takes center stage

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Simply plastering more and more lipstick on the same old pig is eventually going to fail for many as Integrated Global Services becomes the future model of choice

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Parikh preaches, prophesizes and prognosticates… Part 1

Kevin Parikh is Global CEO and Senior Partner at Avasant (click here for bio)

Phil Fersht interviews Avasant CEO, Kevin Parikh (Part 1)

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Europe’s finest enterprise operators take on the USA at the Cambridge University Blueprint Sessions. Who’s sourcing smarter?

This June we are assembling the ultimate pool of European and American services talent to duke it out on the hallowed lawns of Cambridge’s Gonville and Caius College

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BPO: Pronounced dead, but still very much alive

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BPO is just at the beginning of a much more dynamic phase of its existence and it at least three years’ away from being put to bed.

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Cogny cogitates on a new industrial revolution

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Genpact’s Patrick Cogny talks to Phil Fersht about how the firm is approaching the manufacturing sector with what he calls the “New Industrial Revolution”

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Getting good at GBS governance: Why heroes don’t scale

Mike Beals is Vice President, Governance Research and Strategy, HfS Research (click for bio)

This governance group has the challenge of managing an increasingly complex environment, with aspirations much loftier than in the past to achieve the right maturity levels to run GBS effectively.

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2014 shared services and outsourcing outlook Part II: Why GBS will not be bullsh*t

Ready for your next provider meeting?

While several folks make valid arguments why GBS may be a pipe-dream for their own organization (or some of their clients’ organizations), we believe they are missing the big picture

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2014 shared services and outsourcing outlook Part I: It’s time for enterprises to stop being really good at irrelevant stuff

Are you feeling relephant?

In 2014, ambitious operations leaders must begin achieve a certain degree of maturity across their operations before they can really address achieving their desired outcomes

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Time to inoculate your firm against early-onset Zombieism… by coming to the Blueprint Sessions 3.0 this December

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When  Zombieism takes its grip on enterprise operations, many fail to realize… until it’s too late.  In fact, many of you reading this may already be exhibiting signs of early-onset Zombieism and immediate inoculation is imperative… But never fear folks, as the forthcoming BluePrint Sessions 3.0 in New York this December are specifically designed to [...]

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Predicting and postulating potential procurement provider positioning post-Procurian purchase

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We wanted to spend some time thinking about the implications of the Accenture/Procurian merger for the other service providers in the Procurement Outsourcing marketplace

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Can HR ever overcome its obsession with the automation of obsolete processes?

Christa Degnan Manning is SVP, Workforce and Talent Strategies at HfS (Click for bio)

Why do so many HR executives obsess with administering irrelevant processes when they should be helping their firms’ managers get the best out of their staff?

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What happens when you put the leaders of an industry in one room?

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However which was we look at this, this is going to be one helluva crowd – with a bevvy of buyside sourcing and shared services leaders from 60 major organizations, in addition to this motley crew

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Fancy yourself as a sourcing Master Black Belt?

Ready to govern your operations?

HfS’ Governance Proficiency Certification Program is designed to help today’s sourcing executives approach service provider relationships and governance strategy with a sophisticated and pragmatic approach that will help them advance their careers, their skills and their experience

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Why are so many enterprise buyers becoming HfS members?

Why are so many enterprise buyers becoming HfS members?

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Dr Charlie airs the BPO potential of East Africa, Part 1

Charlie Aird contemplates process transformation outside of Mukono, Uganda

How about exploring an entirely new continent for talent availability that can pull an entirely new lever of efficiency and potential value for your business: East Africa

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Vicki Phelan, pharma fanatic

Vicki Phelan has run 6 marathons... in between pharma projects at KPMG

Next time your mom gives you a hard time, ask her if she does triathlons and brokers mega-outsourcing deals for big pharma giants.  Oh, and that’s while putting two girls through college, one of whom is a Varsity pole-vaulter. And apparently she has dinner on the table every night too… OK, I made up that [...]

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HfS announces the first Blueprint Winners Circle for SAP Services

Dr. Thomas Mendel, SVP IT Services Research, HfS (click for bio)

Congratulations to Accenture, IBM, Infosys, Capgemini, Wipro and HP – and SAP themselves – for reaching the hallowed ground of HfS’ first Blueprint for SAP-related services

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