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1 Certified Outsourcing Professional® (COP)
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4 Reducing the Complexities of Scaling Ecommerce in China
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6 Innovation in Outsourcing: The Case of The Procter & Gamble Company
7 C–S–R You Ready? An IAOP Webinar
8 Socially Responsible Outsourcing: Doing Good While Doing Well
9 The State of Tools & Technology in The Outsourcing Industry
10 The Rise of Legal Services Outsourcing
AIOps – IT Infrastructure Services for the Digital Age | The infrastructure services landscape is undergoing a significant shift, driven by digitalization. Organizations need to reimagine the current IT infrastructure services model to deliver the necessary agility and flexibility. Automation, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI) – which comprise the “codifying elements” for driving AIOps – enable business-aligned infrastructure that can rapidly adapt to dynamic business requirements.
Although the benefits of intelligent automation are manifold, enterprises are yet to realize commensurate advantage from investments in infrastructure services codification. Siloed adoption, lack of well-defined change management processes, and poor governance are some of the key barriers to achieving the expected value. Enterprises need to have business-aligned adoption strategy, underpinned by an effective value measurement framework.
Transform with RPA: Reject the Myths, Embrace the Potential | Are you positioning your company for real success in Robotic Process Automation (RPA)? Increasingly, companies are doing just that. They are moving out of the RPA “pilot” stage and beginning to reap real, lasting value from their RPA initiatives. More »
Sole-Source Outsourcing - Ensuring a Successful Outcome | As companies look for ways to streamline the outsourcing process, a range of reasons may make sole sourcing a viable, cost- and time-saving option – if applied wisely.
Sole sourcing is the practice of working with a single service provider to define, negotiate, and purchase services. Traditionally, buyers employed sole sourcing to deliver a simplified, faster service acquisition process, with fewer of the difficulties of staging and reviewing a multi-provider process. Today, the use of sole sourcing is most often a function of the trust that exists between a buyer and service provider. As buyers of outsourcing services look to limit the proliferation of service providers with whom they maintain relationships, the sole-source option is becoming increasingly relevant.
Sole sourcing can deliver significant potential efficiencies over multi-provider outsourcing efforts in terms of cost for completing the process and time required to make a decision. However, a sole-source approach is susceptible to stakeholder challenges that should be addressed early on to ensure a successful outcome. Doing so increases the chance that the initiative will suit the buyer’s and service provider’s objectives – today and in the future. More »
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Chatbots - White Paper | Over 33,000 messenger chatbots have been developed since April 2016, with over half of web users relying on instant messaging every day. Messaging and chatbots are inarguable solutions for creating a simplified customer journey and experience. This whitepaper provides the various tools for understanding and developing chatbots in order to effectively engage in this new conversational experience. More »
Preparing Seasonal and Regular Agents with Blending Learning | In 2017, Learning Tribes, a venture of Sitel Group, introduced a blended onboarding and training solution for an international retail client that was struggling to prepare seasonal and regular agents during peak season. By delivering a customized blending learning program, the retailer was able to cut training time, improve agent satisfaction, and deliver over $1.1 million in annual savings. More »
Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchains for Business | Perhaps no other technology will change the rules of business more than Blockchain. Technically, a blockchain is a peer-to-peer distributed record that validates and permanently stores transactions based on encryption and community consensus. Blockchain is to transactions as the Internet is to information: it has the potential to decentralize, democratize, and disintermediate transactions. More »
Reimagining Enterprise IT Services Sourcing | As enterprises ramp up their digital transformation initiatives, the IT Strategic Sourcing and Vendor Management (SS&VM) function faces the onerous task of establishing and orchestrating an IT services vendor portfolio that can help the enterprise navigate the proverbial IT maze and fulfill strategic business objectives. However, this is clearly easier said than done. Current enterprise satisfaction with incumbent IT service providers stands at an all-time low – 54% of all reference enterprise discussions Everest Group conducted in 2017 expressed dissatisfaction with their IT service providers. More »
Retail Industry Whitepaper | The retail industry is ready for a revolution. Brands can no longer simple be "present" across communications and sales channels. It's no longer about brick-and-mortar retail stores or digital e-commerce websites, but about a blend of both in this "Phygital" retail era. In this White Paper, our experts will highlight the new trends in the market and point to the critical solutions for harnessing the transformation and enabling every one of you to become heavyweight contenders in your own sectors.
Top 5 RPA Myths Dispelled | Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is all the rage these days; however, while adoption continues to accelerate, myths persist. In this fact-based webinar deck, Everest Group dispels the five most common myths based on in-depth research into the practices of the Pinnacle (or best performing) Enterprises™. The deck uncovers the truth behind these myths and reveals how the best performing organizations are realizing a 50% improvement in operational metrics through RPA implementation, and 30% cost savings on RPA investments. More »
The Future of Procurement in the Digital Age | To become a strategic contributor that enables business outcomes, procurement has to move beyond cost savings and compliance, and many have already done some thinking; a definite vision is coalescing for what the procurement of tomorrow will look like. However, how do we get from where we are today to what will be required tomorrow? How do we move our procurement organization along the capability continuum in order to achieve the forward-looking vision of the function? In other words, how are we to realize the procurement of the future? More »
Creating Business Value Through a Next-Generation Smart Digital Workforce | Digital transformation has a survival necessity in this era of disruptive business models and rapidly-changing markets. Until recently, most automation projects have been done in silos, confined to task-level automation, and mostly targeted at achieving short-term tactical benefits. However, enterprises are now exploring benefits beyond the task level, developing digital capabilities for to achieve targeted business outcomes. One key to success is a smart digital workforce with enterprise-grade SDA technologies and solutions that can help the organization achieve strategic business outcomes. More »
Driving Enterprise Chatbot Adoption | The enterprise chatbot landscape is undergoing a significant shift, driven by the evolution of the digital workplace. The chatbot landscape is now accelerating toward the third generation of technology evolution; whereas first- and second-generation chatbots were focused on reducing manual intervention and reducing cost, third-generation chatbots leverage machine learning and automation to provide a marked increase in user experience and productivity. To realize these benefits, enterprises need to change their approach, overcome internal change resistance, and define the business case clearly. More »
Reimagining Workplace Services | The enterprise workplace is undergoing a profound transformation in today’s digital age. Fundamental organizational structures and talent models across industries are experiencing significant disruption.
Omni-Channel Customer Engagement: Inspiring Loyalty by Driving Great Customer Experiences | If you own a business or head the marketing department of any organization, you will know the hard work and resources that go into building digital assets. More »
EOS18 | Presentations | Links to all the presentations available from EOS18, held June, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. More »