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Free Associate Membership Required PULSE Magazine | IAOP's e-zine takes you deep into outsourcing with the latest ideas, advice, knowledge, and best practices, and turns the conventional upside down with stories designed to engage, inspire and challenge you. With editorial content from the leading thinkers and doers in the outsourcing industry, you’ll have the know-how, tools and resources to succeed as a new professional in today’s global economy. More »


1 Certified Outsourcing Professional® (COP) Public Article
2 Reducing the Complexities of Scaling Ecommerce in China Public Article
3 View from the C-Suite: Rhonda Vetere, CTO, Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. Public Article
4 Innovation in Outsourcing: The Case of The Procter & Gamble Company Public Article
5 C–S–R You Ready? An IAOP Webinar Public Article
6 Show Me the Money Public Article
7 Key Components of an Outsourcing Agreement Public Article
8 The State of Tools & Technology in The Outsourcing Industry Public Article
9 The Rise of Legal Services Outsourcing Public Article
10 Socially Responsible Outsourcing: Doing Good While Doing Well Public Article

 Public Article Corporate Resilience: Practical Approaches and New Management Mindsets | Executive leaders across the global business community have quickly addressed the immediate needs of their organizations related to the COVID-19 crisis. Work-from-home is in place, productivity has reached near normal levels, and other immediate employee and client concerns are addressed. Now, as a result of the crisis, leaders face the opportunity to implement – and accelerate – visions that will future-proof and re-imagine their operating models and businesses. In this webinar, we share our collective insights on ways leaders can approach the opportunity ahead of them, which we’ve deemed “the great unsticking of new ideas,” and the technology that will help them realize breakthrough changes for the next normal. More »

 Free Associate Membership Required Accelerated Intelligent Automation in Enterprises | Enterprises’ adoption of Intelligent Automation (IA) technologies has been increasing steadily over the past few years, realizing significant cost savings and efficiency improvements. However, the time it takes to achieve these results is relatively long, given the dynamic and ever-increasing pace of business today. In this paper, we recommend an approach called Accelerated Intelligent Automation (AIA), which leverages automation accelerators to fast-track enterprises’ IA journeys and help them achieve breakeven on their investments much more quickly. Enterprises should look for these accelerator capabilities when choosing their automation tools and leverage these optimally in their automation journeys. More »

 Free Associate Membership Required Practitioner Perspectives - Mastering Efficiency and Innovation with Intelligent Automation | Over the last few years, Intelligent Automation (IA) has emerged as a tool to achieve operational excellence and process optimization. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), which constitute IA, promise to deliver significant business impact, but it is imperative for enterprises to follow the right adoption approach to unlock maximum benefit. More »

 Free Associate Membership Required Blockchain Platform Case Study | A Blockchain Platform for Scientific & Academic Research ???????ARTiFACTS is a unique web-based platform, which is purpose-built to enrich the scholarly record by enabling transactions and recording existence and attribution with linkages across all research artifacts. Main functions are the management of research projects, securing the provenance of research evidence, making hidden data accessible. The aim was to create a platform for researchers that removes barriers which delay the communication of results and gives scientists formal recognition. More »

 Free Associate Membership Required Online Food Service Delivery Case Study | Online Food Service Deliery The client is one of the largest online food ordering and delivery marketplace in Europe, being an Uber partner for the region. It offers mobile and web applications that allow ordering of food from local cafes and restaurants in different cities. The client wanted to reinforce the internal development team and enhance the web part, following the project requirements. Project challenges included: Third-party integration - Maintain integration and interaction of the system with the third-party APIs of partners and ensure stable performance. High-load - Ensure the system’s high load and integrate it with the mobile application. System’s structurization - Adaptation of the partner systems structures and the cycle of the existing platform providing proper statistics and reporting. More »

 Free Associate Membership Required Automated Document Processing Pipeline | Performance Matters. The Scribe Fusion technology allows for the processing of large volumes of paper documents with a mixture of OCR/ICR and artificial intelligence to interpret documents in much the same way humans do. This novel approach has led to drastic improvements in the data capture accuracy rates and scalability. We’re sharing a 5-part series to uncover the challenges that we have helped our clients overcome, and the results that were seen. More »

 Public Article Force Majeure and COVID-19 | The ongoing pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has created uncertain economic conditions for the world. With respect to outsourcing arrangements, COVID-19 may result in site closures, a failure to meet service levels, delays due to a failure to perform customer obligations required for performance by the provider, or labour and product shortages. As such, businesses are (and if they are not, they should be) scrutinizing their commercial agreements in order to understand their obligations and rights where there is an actual or prospective failure in performance as a result of COVID-19. More »

 Free Associate Membership Required Impact of Recession on the Business Process Services (BPS) Industry | There is enough evidence to suggest that the global economy may be on a path toward recession, especially due to factors such as geopolitical uncertainty, the COVID-19 outbreak, and economic instability in many countries. As a result, most sectors will be impacted, including Business Process Services (BPS). However, as the industry is quite heterogenous, the impact on different BPS segments will vary and depend on multiple factors. Hence, it is critical to have a more nuanced market view across BPS segments (for example, HR vs. F&A) and identify strategies to not only cope with the downturn, but also emerge stronger. In this report, we elaborate the likely impact of a recession on the BPS industry. We also outline a framework for service providers to identify the relative impact of the recession on various BPS segments and suggest appropriate strategies for each segment based on the providers’ financial position. More »

 Free Associate Membership Required Edge Intelligence and Insurance Underwriting | The analytical capabilities of Edge Intelligence solutions can enhance early detection, rapid response and forecasting, thereby anticipating outcomes and minimizing negative consequences to property as well as risk to human health and safety. Recognizing this capability, insurers are exploring how Edge Intelligence can redefine underwriting models. More »

 Free Associate Membership Required Coronavirus – Beyond Hand Sanitizer: Mitigating Business Impact and Uncovering the Positive | Hand sanitizer – check. Revised travel policies – check. Work-from-home plan – check. You’ve got the basics down. Now it’s time to make a strategic business plan for the next few months and beyond – when the current situation is in our rearview mirror. In this webinar deck, leading analysts from across Everest Group’s practices discuss ways you can minimize impact to business operations in the short- and mid-term, and how you can position yourself to uncover potential opportunities in the future. The webinar offered a 360-degree view of the business implications and specific actions and frameworks you can deploy this quarter, next quarter, and the quarter beyond. More »

 Free Associate Membership Required Integrated Supply Chains Extend Security Compliance Requirements | The growing integration of supply chains is leaving small and medium-sized businesses increasingly vulnerable to compliance risk traditionally borne by larger organizations. Smaller companies, however, often lack the budget, skills and resources to tackle increasingly complex security challenges. More »

 Free Associate Membership Required How Best-in-Class Organizations Leverage Intelligent Automation | Automation-led business transformation has been at the top of most organizations’ agendas recently – and for good reason. An effective strategy to leverage intelligent automation can build sustainable competitive advantage. To help you maximize ROI and business value from your intelligent automation investments, this deck shares results of our study on what best-in-class enterprises are doing differently to accelerate the adoption of intelligent automation and generate greater value. More »

 Free Associate Membership Required Unlocking Digital Category Management | As business environments change at a rapid pace, procurement functions are under increasing pressure to deliver benefits beyond cost savings. By leveraging approaches such as category management and transforming processes using digital solutions, organizations have derived significant business value. However, most of these efforts have focused primarily on indirect spend management. Today, many organizations manage direct spend categories through traditional ERP and legacy systems, which limits the benefits they can achieve – even with effective category management. Going forward, organizations are likely to realize a new wave of benefits by leveraging digital solutions such as advanced analytics, intelligent automation, Internet of Things (IoT), mobility, and blockchain to drive real value from category management. More »

 Free Associate Membership Required Demystifying SD-WAN: Choose Your Flavor | SD-WAN technology offers enterprises a wide range of benefits, and buyers have myriad options and multiple flavors of SD-WAN to choose from. Ultimately, the definition of a “right” solution will vary, according to the specific requirements of a given enterprise. More »

 Public Article The Power of Connecting in a Remote World | Tune in for a replay of Episode 1 of the co-sponsored IAOP and VXI Global Solutions, LLC #stayingconnected series.  A compelling conversation about “The Power of Connecting in a #remoteworld”, working #remote is the new normal! In this first episode, we heard from experts on how to maximize productivity (especially if you are new to remote), explore how to stay focused, motivated and sane during extraordinary times of crisis and isolation.  More »


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