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All Rise for Poland: A Thriving Outsource Destination

Posted: 05/16/2019 - 02:13
It’s hard to believe that up until 1989, Poland was governed and ruled by the crushing grip of Communism as the Soviet Union took over Eastern Europe after World War II and strangled economic growth. At that time, Poland was seen as a powerless country with no business prospects and frankly, no real future. 
 
A Thriving Economy
 

Whatever You Call It, Outsourcing to Puerto Rico Is a “Shore” Thing for U.S. Businesses

Posted: 02/27/2019 - 07:38
Puerto Rico may suffer a severe identity crisis when it comes to naming its category of outsourcing. It’s not really offshoring from the U.S.…nearshoring may be a better term. But as a U.S. territory, is it technically onshoring? When one thinks of that term, an image of open spaces in Oklahoma or Michigan come to mind – and that’s definitely not Puerto Rico. Do you see the dilemma? 
 

Seeing the Light: Why More CFOs are Using Procurement as a Tool for Business Growth

Posted: 02/25/2019 - 02:42
A growing number of CFOs across Europe are now looking to their procurement teams to support their companies’ business growth strategies. Procurement is not just simply a back-office function, but a proactive business tool, able to deliver short-term gains and also help a business work towards long-term objectives.  
 

Women in Global Sourcing: Canda S. Rozier

Posted: 01/17/2019 - 00:55
Tell us about your career path. How did you get into this field? Was it purposeful or by accident? 
 
My early career was in application/systems development (aka “programming”), but the company quickly learned that I not only was technical, but could also give presentations and was comfortable in customer-facing situations. I moved into pre-sales support and then into a role as a product manager, where one of my responsibilities was negotiating contracts with application partners.   
 

Caller ID: A Simple Feature with Complex Effects

Posted: 10/13/2018 - 02:40
We’ve all been there: you pick up an incoming call to hear silence...or a request for personal information...or a recorded message...only to regret picking up the call. But you’ve also probably been on the other side: you’ve ignored a call from a number you don’t recognize only to find out it was the delivery driver looking to validate your address...the bank calling to let you know there has been suspicious activity on your card...or the doctor calling with updates from your last appointment.

A Vision for Procurements Future, with Conor Quarry, and Komal Patel

Posted: 10/04/2018 - 05:50
Dawn Tiura: Folks, I'm excited to introduce you to Conor Quarry. Conor is nominated as a Rising Star and he's from IBM, and Conor, I want to welcome you to the podcast.
 
Conor Quarry: Well, I'm happy to be here.
 
Dawn Tiura: You have just the most amazing recommendation that was sent in which is why you are a finalist in the Rising Star nomination category. Can you tell me a little bit about your inspiration? What inspires you every day, and what makes you do such an amazing job for IBM?
 

Collective Knowledge is Power, with Deepak Bansal, Kristin Gallagher, and Linda Tuck Chapman

Posted: 09/20/2018 - 09:36
Dawn Tiura: Now, today with me is Deepak Bansal. He is nominated as a Sourcing Star, but if you just hear his title, and some of the things he did, you're gonna have no doubt that he is a star. Deepak is the head of IT Sourcing and Vendor Management for Envision Healthcare. Envision Healthcare, EVHC, is undergoing a divestiture of 20% of its business, and Deepak has led the effort in disentangling over 200 IT contracts between two entities while maintaining costs consistency. So Deepak, I wanna welcome you. Wow, 200 IT contracts. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

Achieving the Best Possible Outcomes, with Lawrence Kane, Tim Hopper and Greg Tennyson

Posted: 09/17/2018 - 07:58
Dawn Tiura: Hello, everybody. This is Dawn Tiura from Sourcing Industry Group. Now, today I have the pleasure of talking to Greg Tennyson who has been nominated as a Sourcing Star, and I'm sure nobody is surprised. I don't think there's anyone in sourcing or procurement that hasn't heard of him. But even more so, I don't think there's a procurement leader out there that does not have the utmost respect for Greg.

Why an Always-On Culture is Not Sustainable or Beneficial

Posted: 09/14/2018 - 22:00
I was recently watching a fly-on-the-wall programme about a car business. The show focused on people’s different roles and how they were trying to balance competing priorities while keeping to tight deadlines and within budget. Cut to a shot in Spain where the director of the business is on holiday. For the next five minutes we see how the director calls for an update every day. The interviewer then speaks to all of the staff who gleefully tell the camera when he has called them.

How to Minimise “Attention-Seeking” RPA

Posted: 09/06/2018 - 01:50
In 2018, the conversation around automation outsourcing has moved away from “are you automating?” to “how are you doing it?” Due to the very clear business benefits of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Robotic Service Orchestration (RSO), businesses are now drilling down into the specifics of how best to manage their combined human and digital workforce, and how to get the most out of their automation initi

RPA is Here to Stay with Ian Barkin

Posted: 08/29/2018 - 07:08

In this episode of the Sourcing Industry Landscape, Dawn Tiura interviews Ian Barkin. Ian Barkin is Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Symphony Ventures, a professional services firm that helps enterprises leverage automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and innovative resourcing solutions. When it comes to implementing Robotic Process Automation (RPA) into workplace culture, Ian is sympathetic workers’ concerns.

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