Want to keep with the “outsourcing” status quo? Love staring at a spreadsheet all day? Then Blueprint 2.0’s not for you…
Life been just dandy since you took 30% off your department's fixed costs, that you'll never need to do anything much again in your career... except stare at a spreadsheet? Just love keeping those lights on and squeezing penalty payments of your provider? No need to improve anything, because the way your firm does this is just, simply, perfect? Then you won't need to waste time with us and leading buy-side organizations from the HfS 50 Executive Council in Boston this October...Read More
Why are so many enterprises struggling to move more process into their shared services and outsourcing?
On the surface, it appears that most enterprises today are taking full advantage of both shared services and outsourcing. However, HfS research’s latest survey data, conducted with accounting association ACCA, emphatically demonstrates that only a modest fraction of business process has actually been shifted to either the shared service center or the outsourcing partner. In most cases, over two-thirds of transactional process work is still, bewilderingly, sitting in the business units, despite the proven business benefits of centralizing processes. Read More
Time to ring-fence “Lights On Outsourcing” and focus on “Business Transformation Services”
It's high-time to segment the industry so we can all focus on delivering value, and not solely cost-cuttingRead More
April truths about outsourcing: Finance leaders are looking to providers’ capabilities more than ever, but are they really prepared to change?
Service providers are in pole position to provide the value clients need, however, there needs to be some give-and-take on both sides to move beyond mere "augmentation"Read More
The great outsourcing sham redux
So we managed to whip up a tidal wave of emotion and opinion when we made the call that the "outsourcing industry", in its current state is, quite frankly, a sham. When over 30,000 people read something, there's a reason why... so let's drill down into what this all meansRead More
Negotiations and the deals we make: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Here is the good, bad, and ugly of recent deals where we've coached clientsRead More
Which industries are more inclined to outsourcing versus shared services?
Secular changes to industry environments are crystallizing options for businesses and driving more radical and actionable behaviors from executives under pressure to deliver continual productivity improvements. The radical impact outsourcing can potentially have on business performance is clearly becoming more attractive to those businesses in the throes of tackling fundamental challenges and opportunities to their business environments.Read More
It’s time to stop knocking Orlando… where else can we find innovation?
After many lost nights' sleep trying to seek out that elusive morsel of innovation, it has finally dawned on us: where better to look than the Magic Kingdom? So after writing a personal letter of apology to both Jeb Bush and Mickey Mouse (was an easy copy/paste) we are delighted to announce that HfS is making an Orlando tribute tour to SSON's magical 16th Annual Shared Services & Outsourcing WeekRead More
Are YOU ready to re-define sourcing? Then join the biggest and baddest bevy of buyers in NYC this April
After one year, our elite peer group of sourcing buyers has doubled in size - making this our biggest, baddest and most discussion-rich meeting to date. Read More
India’s Sourcing Leaders: The new Phoenicians?
The Phoenicians were among the greatest entrepreneurs of their time who dominated the trade of the ancient world and founded colonies throughout the Mediterranean. We will never see the likes of them in the modern business world, where a nation of business hungry folk could possibly develop their own real estate within today’s Global 2000 organizations through savvy barter of their own wares. Or will we?Read More