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Source Wars: Episode I – The Rise Of Software

Posted: 01/07/2020 - 00:00
The Rise Of Procurement Software

Procurement is old. Just how old you ask? Well, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… it’s been around for millennia. As a natural function of trade and commerce, it developed organically during the earliest civilizations. Papyrus records indicate procurement can be traced as far back as the Egyptians (the first Jedi) in 3000 B.C.

“Buying” Open Source: Software, Support and Getting the Best Deal

Posted: 01/06/2020 - 02:48
When it comes to open source software, procurement teams must understand the specific nuances of these types of projects.

“Open source” describes a specific approach to creating, distributing and using software. Anyone can see how the source code for this software is put together, they can often use this software for free and they can potentially alter it to meet their own needs. But, if something is free, why do procurement teams need to get involved, and when can it lead to potential headaches?

Software Surplus! Over-Subscription Could Be Costing Your Company Millions

Posted: 10/08/2019 - 02:11
Software Surplus! Over-Subscription Could Be Costing Your Company Millions
Sourcing professionals know that companies make significant investments in software to run and drive their businesses. They see first-hand how software subscription costs might run as high as hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Yes, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer and various business units collaborate to determine what software is needed, but typically it’s the procurement office that makes the purchase, and employees that use the software. Therein lies the problem.

Innovations in Outsourcing: GEP

Posted: 08/29/2019 - 23:11
Innovations in Outsourcing: GEP

Can you outline why your team embarked on this project and the problem that needed to be solved?

The client, a telecommunications major, was looking to optimize their procurement operations and streamline their ongoing technology transformation initiative. Owing to GEP’s depth of offerings and expertise in procurement and supply chain, and top-of-the chart analyst ratings, the client chose GEP as their procurement services partner to address the following challenges: 
 

    How Millennials are Changing the Procurement Landscape

    Posted: 08/08/2019 - 23:34
    How Millennials are Changing the Procurement Landscape
    According to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates, millennials will become the nation’s largest living adult generation this year. Pew Research Center has estimated that millennials are now the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, surpassing both Gen Xers and Baby Boomers. In 2017, millennials constituted 35% of the U.S. labor force, while Gen Xers accounted for 33% and Baby Boomers represented 25%. 
     

    A MSP Service Delivery Model Based on Design Thinking

    Posted: 05/02/2019 - 23:52
    A traditional managed service provider (MSP) solution’s plan begins with analyzing the prevailing business constraints in a talent supply chain and then addresses the standard set of program issues using a well-worn solutions playbook. However, this leads to a tactical “one shoe fits all” approach to service delivery, generally resulting in only marginal improvements in a client’s contingent workforce program and is usually limited to operational (i.e., tactical) program features. 
     

    Exploring On-Demand Purchased Service Solutions

    Posted: 11/20/2018 - 01:04
    The management of purchased services continues to lag relative to other categories of spend. And while the reasons are varied and debatable, virtually no one argues the availability of big savings opportunities. So what gives? No doubt, the decentralized nature of many purchased services confounds attempts to introduce more manageable processes. And we can’t overlook the “stiff arm” that procurement leaders often receive from stakeholders who treat certain categories of spend like organizational sacred cows.

    Software Supply Chain Risk Management: Leveraging Standards to Communicate Expectations

    Posted: 10/26/2018 - 00:41
    Growing concerns related to dependencies on software-reliant information communications technology (ICT) and Internet of Things (IoT) devices are pushing changes in governance associated with supply chain risk management (SCRM). The possibility of disruption exists because the software that enables critical capabilities is vulnerable and exploitable. Exploit potential is often more about the vulnerability of assets in target organizations than the ingenuity of the attackers.

    Time to Worry about your Software Supply Chain?

    Posted: 10/09/2018 - 00:07
    Software has become crucial to every industry. Yet ensuring the software system you are buying or licensing is authentic and free from defect or malware is a challenge. The QA procedure in old-school manufacturing is to test a random set of newly delivered widgets for their compliance with approved specifications. But you can’t really take the same simple approach with software. 
     

    3 Things Enterprises Must Do Before Embracing Cutting-Edge Technologies

    Posted: 09/15/2018 - 00:14
    In the last few years, with the growing hype around automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics, there has been a feverish pace of activities in the IT outsourcing space on both sides of the table from enterprises and service providers. There’s also action happening in the middle of the table with the product vendors and on the outskirts with the analysts and industry commentators.

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