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Is the UK’s public sector outsourcing in decline?
by Jeremy Coward

In recent weeks, multiple articles have appeared in the Guardian claiming that outsourcing has fallen out of favour with UK local government, and encouraging councils to bring as many services back in-house as possible.
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Big data expert claims death of IT outsourcing is imminent
by Jeremy Coward

Tom Davenport – the Harvard Business School professor who is seen by many as responsible for the term big data’s rise in popularity – has caused a stir on LinkedIn after claiming that “companies have stopped outsourcing IT” and the rest will soon follow.
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How to add value and contribute to growth through procurement
by Martim Facada, National Outsourcing Association

Procurement departments are becoming more important for adding value and contributing to growth against the rising cost pressures faced by several mature industries.
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The TalkTalk cyber-attack fiasco and data outsourcing
by Jeremy Coward

After being subjected to a cyber-attack, which resulted in the theft of the private financial information of up to four million customers, the fiasco surrounding TalkTalk and its data security continues.
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China reverses labour arbitrage trends, outsourcing textiles manufacturing to the USA
by Jeremy Coward

Outsourcing offshore to reap the benefits of labour arbitrage has been a common occurrence in the textiles manufacturing industry, with countries like China frequently seen as prime locations.
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Technology that will take procurement transparency to the next level
by Jeremy Coward

Across a wide variety of sectors, buyers of outsourcing are starting to expect more transparency from their service providers. Luckily, new technology is on the rise that will revolutionise procurement transparency for good.
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3D printing hailed as a massive blow to the outsourcing and globalisation of manufacturing
by Jeremy Coward

A contributor to Forbes has suggested that the progress of 3D printing will spark a revolution, tipping balances in favour of insourcing and localisation as opposed to outsourcing and globalisation.
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How the summer Budget will affect the UK outsourcing industry
by Jeremy Coward

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has proposed the terms of his new summer Budget, relishing the fact that his party no longer has to negotiate with the Liberal Democrats. Dramatic cuts to welfare have been taking most of the headlines, but what aspects of the new Budget will impact on outsourcing activity in the UK?
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How Apple Created Its Own Business Rivals through Outsourcing
by Jeremy Coward

CIO has reported that Apple was responsible for supercharging two of its fiercest rivals – Samsung and Foxconn – and that it did so by outsourcing manufacturing responsibilities to these companies.
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Post-Election Outsourcing: What to Expect from a Conservative Majority
by Jeremy Coward

General Election 2015 saw the Conservatives secure a surprise majority in the House of Commons, all but guaranteeing Tory rule in the UK for another five years. What do these unexpected political circumstances mean for the country’s outsourcing industry?
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