The undisputed facts about outsourcing, Part 3: With outsourcing demand at unprecedented levels, can new buyers get across the finish-line?
HfS Research's "State of Outsourcing 2011" study of 1335 industry stakeholders, conducted with the Outsourcing Unit at the London School of Economics, points to a marked turnaround in outsourcing intentions as global economies reach a period of sustained (albeit limping) recovery. For many organizations today, clearly the short-term counter-recessionary measures have been executed through to fruition, leaving business function leaders under renewed pressure to seek out new operational strategies for driving out cost and improving global effectiveness.Read More
Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee… and everyone loves an iPad 2
If you participated in our State of Outsourcing 2011 survey, you may have been anxiously monitoring your inbox for a notification that you'd won the iPad 2. Well, the anticipation is over, and we can announce that the winner of the drawing is Stephen Kincanon, Vice President - Shared Services at Sara Lee Corporation. Congratulations, Stephen!Read More
Trapped by Procurement BPO? How to pull your organization out of the mire
The report explores challenges and pitfalls for Procurement BPO -- from initial design to sourcing, transition and steady-state operations.Read More
Outsourcing: a symptom of a failing education system?
Most people still claim they really outsource to save money - of course that's an immediate benefit, but you wouldn't even be considering it, if you had operations in place that were really good.Read More
Where have all the consultants gone?
You’re probably not aware of a very subtle, but tectonic shift going on in the business process outsourcing industry which has implications for all those things that we all tout as benefits of sourcing—innovation, deep domain experience, true client partnershipsRead More
Want to get innovative? Then give your staff a sense of purpose…
The hidden truths behind what really motivates usRead More
HfS Podcast: Dawn Evans and Phil Fersht discuss the new HfS/SIG partnership
HfS Research VP of Marketing Mark Reed-Edwards got together with HfS Founder and CEO Phil Fersht and Dawn Evans, President and CEO of Sourcing Interests Group, to discuss the new groundbreaking industry research and networking partnership announced on March 8.Read More
Welcome to Networking 2.0 – HfS and SIG are moving the needle for the sourcing industry
The biggest issue in today's sourcing industry is the need for a truly independent and high-value environment for sourcing and outsourcing practitioners to collaborate and share knowledge. HfS is delighted to announce an exclusive industry partnership with the premier membership organization that has served sourcing and outsourcing professionals from Global 1000 companies throughout a 20-year history: the Sourcing Interests Group.Read More
So what on earth does the future hold for sourcing advisors?
Last week's outsourcing advisory bombshell wedding between KPMG and EquaTerra may well prove to be a turning point in the way buyers are serviced in the future. Management consultants need to have deep experience, knowledge and data on the operational guts of outsourcing, while boutique advisors need to offer a much broader consultative value proposition for clients who are tackling global operational issues. So what on earth does the future hold for sourcing advisors?Read More
Outsourcing your leadership team: build it… or buy it?
There are similarities between good companies and good football teams: solid staff employees that consistently make the right decisions at the right time. So if you are the helm of a flagging enterprise, should you nurture management talent internally or go to market for it?Read More