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IT budgets are increasing - but not as we know them...

Posted: 04/20/2016 - 20:30

Respondents to our latest CIO and IT Leadership survey are reporting a 40% increase in their IT budget, over the past year. However there is something really interesting in the underlying data which suggests that the pressure to commoditise is like never before: IT budgets that have given back savings year on year are still under pressure for a more cost-effective solution. So why do we see this discrepancy? The answer lies in one of the fundamental parts of the survey: two-speed IT.

How financial services providers can reap the rewards of migrating to the cloud

Posted: 04/19/2016 - 20:30

Before discussing the rewards available for a financial services organisation in the cloud it is important to get an understanding of the regulatory backdrop. In October 2014 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) launched Project Innovate, an initiative to foster innovation in the cloud. The key driver behind this project was to understand in more detail where the regulatory framework needed to be amended in order to foster innovation.

Employment fraud sinks ships, so give HR the data to keep your company buoyant

Posted: 04/15/2016 - 20:30

Staff turnover costs companies a shocking £4.13billion per year. Hiring the right people can make or break an organisation, and save thousands in turnover costs. Dishonest employees are the silent threat from within organisations, and they are a small but highly impactful group. Worryingly, 30% of businesses fail due to employee theft and the cost of employee fraud to UK businesses is thought to amount to £2bn per annum.

The Mosaic: seeing the bigger picture (Part 1)

Posted: 04/12/2016 - 20:31

As I finished up my call with Rick, the CEO of Walker Ideas, I couldn't help but feel impressed with his new attitude towards service. Rick and his team recently turned some bad news they had received from their key customer into an opportunity to convey to that customer that Walker Ideas was truly an inside-outsourcing partner. Rick wanted to create a proactive environment where Walker Ideas sat one step ahead of the customer, anticipating its needs. He was feeling frustrated by his inability to get his entire team to see the bigger picture.

Q&A: Chip Wagner, Alsbridge (Part 1)

Posted: 04/11/2016 - 20:36

Chip Wagner is the CEO of Alsbridge, one of the world’s leading sourcing advisory organisations. At a time of significant challenges for advisory firms the world over, Alsbridge is enjoying a purple patch with very healthy growth being reflected in a wave of expansion and key acquisitions. Outsource's editor Jamie Liddell got together with Chip to discuss the advisory landscape and Alsbridge’s growing prominence within it – and to get the inside track on some very interesting recent developments within his organisation…

Implementing a successful multisourcing model

Posted: 04/09/2016 - 03:10

A multisourcing contracting strategy is designed to break entrenched relationships with key technology providers and create a suitably tensioned environment where the business can access a wider range of service providers offering greater innovation and price competition, but without compromise to continuity of service or service integration. Significantly, it recognises at the outset that different providers will be involved in the end-to-end services, and addresses both the challenges and opportunities this presents.

What employers really expect in an Applicant Tracking System

Posted: 04/07/2016 - 11:31

The fact that an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) makes work easier for you cannot be overemphasised. However, some HR executives do not even know that ATSs exist. Instead of screening candidates using outdated or ineffective approaches, invest in modern methods such as cloud-based recruiting software. The following are features of ATS software that you should consider. Company profile Do not just trust software vendors who claim that their products are ideal for your company profile. Instead, find out the truth from independent reviews.

Disaster recovery: proactive beats reactive

Posted: 04/06/2016 - 02:42

Cyber-attacks have topped the list of biggest threats to business for the second year in a row, followed closely by data threats and an unexpected IT/telecoms outage – according to the fifth annual Horizon Scan Report published by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) in association with BSI (British Standards Institution). As these threats, coupled with a challenging and ever-changing business environment plague the worried minds of MDs and IT practitioners, it seems only feasible that companies would act quickly to prepare themselves for a disruption.

Changing paradigms of global engineering outsourcing

Posted: 04/05/2016 - 06:30

Today companies are being exposed to a changing business landscape due to macro-economic factors, greater-than-ever globalisation, and rapid advancements in technology.

The global economy is recovering but still sluggish. Companies have been engaging in significant cost savings and restructuring initiatives over the past several years to meet shareholder expectations. But business leaders are now beginning to realise that they cannot cut their way to growth. So companies now have a greater appetite to invest in developing new products, services and market reach.

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