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Post-MMR Rain Check
by David Tweedy, Market Relations Director at Target Group
David joined Target Group in 2014, taking up the newly created role of Market Relations Director. Here he draws on his 25 years of experience in mortgages and retail banking to advise on how companies should act post-MMR and how outsourcing can be advantageous to them.
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The Impact of Technology on the Future of Outsourcing?
by Derek Parlour, Director, DJA Business Solutions
Derek Parlour is the author of 'Successful Outsourcing and Multi-Sourcing', formerly a Commercial Director at National Rail Enquiries and currently Director of DJA Business Solutions. Here he shares his insight on how technology will impact on the future of outsourcing.
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Prevent a Procurement Nightmare: Don’t Lose Millions Because of Bad Supplier Information
by Jakki Geiger, Senior Director, MDM Solutions Marketing, Informatica
What’s the official company name for Coke? It’s not Coca Cola or Coke Corporation. It’s The Coca-Cola Company. Why does this matter? Inaccurate, inconsistent and disconnected supplier information or vendor information could be wreaking havoc on your supplier spend-management and supplier risk- management goals and costing you millions.
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Make global sourcing work for you
by Liz Samandi, Managing Director of global sourcing company Darian
Liz Samandi of sourcing company Darian looks at how global sourcing can help British industry on the road to recovery.
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Should your business implement a digital mailroom?
by Christina Bowe from Perceptive Software
Christina Bowe from Perceptive Software discusses the myths and benefits behind this approach
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A contract made in two places at once?
by Tim Wright, London Managing Partner, and Tania Williams, Counsel, at global law firm Pillsbury
An exclusive jurisdiction clause in an agreement states where a dispute may be resolved, should one arise. However, in the absence of such a clause, the High Court of England and Wales has recently decided that a contract can, in principle, be made in two separate jurisdictions at the same time. In this situation, either party to the agreement could seek to enforce the contract in its home jurisdiction.
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Optimising ERP and BPM systems: “Process Templates”
by Nithya Ramkumar
Given the clear business benefits the right IT system can offer, businesses are keen to make technology investments to improve business process design and performance. Investments in expensive ERPs and latest BPM suites have been quick in driving innovation at a ‘process level'. But it has often sacrificed the effectiveness and agility required to adapt to changing business needs. Despite heavy technology spends, process limitations can hold back organisations from reaching their desired business outcomes.
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Will 2014 be the year of the Hosted Desktop?
by Joseph Blass, CEO, WorkPlaceLive.com
Last month Amazon Web Services announced it was entering the Hosted Desktop market to compete with other multi-national players including Citrix, VMWare and soon Microsoft, who is working on its own DaaS solution.
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Ensuring your cloud is sound
by David Sturges, Chief Operating Officer,
New research published this week by SecureData, an independent IT security service provider entitled: Are you being served? How can Security as a Service serve you? highlights that 78% of IT managers in UK companies claim that a lack of trust in security is the biggest barrier to the adoption of cloud technologies. For managers in large businesses, (more than 3,000 employees) this figure rises to 82%.
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Out with the new and in with the old?
by Robert Davies, Partner, and Laura Jamieson, Solicitor, at national law firm Dundas & Wilson
Cast your mind back to before 2006 and consider this question: when does TUPE apply upon a change of contractor in relation to outsourcing contracts, in other words before the service provision change (SPC) elements of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) were introduced?
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How to choose an outsourced HR supplier
by Sharon Crooks, HR Services Director, plusHR
HR is rarely a priority for a business start-up. As an entrepreneur, the focus is getting your great idea off the ground and then building the company. While you may be a manageable two-man band today, your HR requirements will be small and occasional, but as you grow and recruit more people there will come a point when you need to bring in some more regular HR expertise to manage this growth effectively.
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Don’t Panic!
by Nick Patience, Director of Product Strategy at Recommind
Nick Patience, explains the issues surrounding the disposal of information and the consequences businesses will face if they do not have a comprehensive information governance policy in place
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Outsource in the UK – better for the economy, better for the client
by Maxine Park, Director and co-founder of UK-based transcription service provider DictateNow.
Outsourcing business processes abroad remains popular, with the promise of huge cost savings still attracting many advocates. With the Government recently stating that rather than restricting outsourcing, it is to encourage service providers to set up delivery centres in the UK, perhaps now the scales are beginning to tip the UK's way.
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The product life cycle is in decline
by Karsten Horn, director of international sales at INFORM
One of the most profound changes in the last decade is the dramatic shrinkage of product life cycles which bear little resemblance to the world today which is defined by instant obsolescence.
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The Potential of the Cloud to invent and reinvent business
by Dr. Anurag Srivastava, Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President for Wipro's Global IT Business
The Cloud is not just the new way to manage data and costs and promote greater internal and external collaboration but is also the opportunity to reinvent brands and business models, with huge potential benefits – upstream and downstream.
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