Category Archives: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and BPaaS

This week on the HfS Podcast: Major Trends in IT Operations and Service Management Software

The ITOSMS market is in transition, so Mark Reed-Edwards got together with Dr. Thomas Mendel, Senior VP, at HfS Research to discuss it in the HfS Podcast.

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Five reasons automation may replace BPO, with Charles Sutherland

Hot on the heels of his seminal report, Framing A Constitution for Robotistan, HfS’ Charles Sutherland sat down with Mark Reed-Edwards to dig into the key issues around robotics and automation

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The Indian majors double their market share in just four years – what’s the secret and can they be stopped?

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It may be harder for some of the traditional providers to fight their way back into the services game than the Indian majors to continue their surge

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Is BPO on the brink of a technology revolution?

Crossing the Chasm

Why BPO clients which have tech-enabled their processes are achieving better performance and outcomes

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Moving mountains with Mike, part 1

Mike Salvino is Group Chief Executive, BPO at Accenture (click for bio)

Phil Fersht interviews Accenture’s Group Chief Executive for BPO, Mike Salvino

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The Progressive BPO Train has left the Station – is IBM on it?

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We would have major concerns about IBM’s positioning for Progressive BPO services, were IBM to seek to sell off the lower-margin elements of its F&A, Procurement or HR businesses, like it has with its customer services BPO business.

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Automation killed the gamification star

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Even back in ’79 the world was already beginning to zone in on the power of automation

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Industry analysts: a new world order is already coming

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The future of analysts is about providing clients the experiences they need to be smarter and more effective at what they do, not selling them something pre-packaged that everyone else already has

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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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Naomi Bloom: HRO needs to focus on business analyst services, not call center/manual processing

Naomi Bloom discusses the new breed of SaaS-savvy HRO providers

It will be fascinating to see if the larger SIs and/or HRO providers will be able to craft just the right mix of quality and cost-effectiveness to be successful in delivering much smaller, less labor-intensive and more tool-based implementation and post-implementation HR services.

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HR in the Cloud: It won’t kill HRO, but it may kill what’s left of dysfunctional HR…

How much longer will be stare into the HR abyss?

The emergence of more affordable Cloud based solutions is finally – after decades of disarray – making it possible for firms to stop starring into the HR abyss and start getting functional again.

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Why so many cost-obsessed CEOs will fail if they ignore their supplier management capabilities

Failing at managing your extended enterprise?  Then click here to course correct

Recessions are good times for business leaders who love to focus on containing costs, however, times of recovery are markedly different

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Don’t fumble the future…the legendary Bruce Rogow talks to HfS, Part III

Bruce being kept in line by his missus, Ruth

And we can bring our superlative discussion with Bruce “hand-brake released” Rogow to a conclusion with one very frightening warning to all technology leaders…. don’t fumble the future!

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A different circus with a different set of clowns… the legendary Bruce Rogow talks to HfS, Part II

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You really need progression planning where you determine the skill set you’ll need going forward, because it’s a different circus with different clowns.

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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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Mike Friend joins the HfS batting line-up

Mike Friend... now batting for HfS as Vice President for European BPO Strategies (Click for Bio)

We’re proud to announce the beginning of a major expansion with HfS’ European BPO capabilities, with the arrival of the esteemed and popular analyst Mike Friend

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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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Traditional outsourcing advisory is dead.

Who's feeling disruptive today?

And when the world’s number 1 management thinker, Clayton Christensen, writes about Consulting on the Cusp of Disruption, you know it’s officially game-over for the way consultants have traditionally delivered effort-based high-cost projects for wizening clients

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Can Salesforce and Workday’s hook-up genuinely hurt the SAP and Oracle empire?

With a quarter-of-a-trillion dollars a year being plowed into integrating and managing SAP and Oracle, are the SaaS upstarts truly ready to integrate multiple cloud apps at this type of scale to challenge the status quo?

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