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Is Automation Putting The Human Workforce on Auto-Pilot?

Is Automation Putting The Human Workforce on Auto-Pilot?

July 6, 2013: An Asiana Airlines flight carrying 307 people from South Korea to San Francisco clipped a seawall and crashed, killing three people. Although all of the causes of the crash are still being investigated at this writing, reports indicate that one big contributing factor was the pilots’ reliance on automation. They were so […]

How Workforce 2020 Will Change Outsourcing

How Workforce 2020 Will Change Outsourcing

We’ve all heard it, or said it, a million times: Our outsourcing engagement works because of the relationship. It is a partnership, not a buyer-vendor arrangement. And for the most part, that statement has held true. Traditional outsourcing typically involved a 10-plus-year contract, along with a real need to make the relationship work. Changing providers […]

How the Advantages of Video Interviewing Are Improving Enterprises

How the Advantages of Video Interviewing Are Improving Enterprises

With the insane popularity of selfies, people clearly like being in front of the camera. And that includes using video from their smart phones. Video interviewing is actually more than cool and fun. Its usage is improving the profitability of the enterprises that use it in nine ways: from hiring better candidates faster to actually […]

Is it Time to Replace BYOD with CYOD?

Is it Time to Replace BYOD with CYOD?

Why do people want to bring their own device to work? There are two main reasons. First, employees, especially the new millennials, are more comfortable with their own mobile devices. They have never lived without them. Secondly, company hardware is, well, clunky, outdated and difficult to use—what we have at home is superior technology. There […]

Video Interviewing Is Changing How People Get Hired in 2014

Video Interviewing Is Changing How People Get Hired in 2014

Ubiquitous consumer technology is slowly invading the corporate enterprise. Nowhere is this more prevalent than the rise of video interviewing, where employers and recruiters interview job candidates using dedicated technology. Video interviewing, of course, has been around for years. Today, however, video interviewing for job recruiting, both live and recorded, has moved “from the margins […]

On the Edge—Disruption in Big Data Analysis and Business Models

On the Edge—Disruption in Big Data Analysis and Business Models

It’s 2014, and Big Data analysis is still big news. Businesses in every market segment are scrambling to use this insight to create “right-time” experiences for their customers and internal staff. When done well, Big Data analysis gives companies a clear competitive advantage. However, for many organizations, Big Data efforts have gone awry, transforming the […]

New Buyer Demands and SMAC Are Changing Both Providers and BPO

New Buyer Demands and SMAC Are Changing Both Providers and BPO

BPO, the outsourcing constant, is continually changing. Here’s the constant: Service providers in 2014 “have to live up to evolved client demands, increased competition and a rapidly changing regulatory environment,” notes Sanjay Jain, chief strategy officer, WNS Global Services. What’s changing is how they are meeting their evergreen challenges…and some new ones, too. Here’s how. […]

Deal Dynamics—Outsourcing Models That Will Thrive in 2014

Deal Dynamics—Outsourcing Models That Will Thrive in 2014

In 1984, Wendy’s coined the slogan “Where’s the beef?” For outsourcers, the answer in 2014 is unanimous—it’s business outcomes. Gone are the days of labor arbitrage. “Technology is changing so fast that the focus is now on outcome-based models where value is driven from measuring business impacts and linked to compensation,” predicts Lalit Dhingra, President […]

Boot Camp for Superior Business Outcomes

Boot Camp for Superior Business Outcomes

Consider Olympic track stars. They each have different backgrounds, styles and countries of origin, but only one thing really matters in the end: the person who runs the fastest is the one who wins the gold medal. To get that competitive advantage, the athlete needs more than muscular legs and a good pair of running […]

How Texting, Veterans and SEO Helped RPO Companies Fill High-Demand Jobs

How Texting, Veterans and SEO Helped RPO Companies Fill High-Demand Jobs

Even as the economy has improved worldwide, the unemployment figures are still stubbornly high. But talking to HR and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) executives, they are working overtime to fill certain jobs. Sometimes the skill set is too much in demand or just rare. In other cases, it is near impossible to reach the right […]

The Great Underwriting Transformation: From Ugly Duckling to Golden Goose

The Great Underwriting Transformation: From Ugly Duckling to Golden Goose

The P&C insurance industry is undergoing a radical change, one that’s turning its traditional business model upside-down. For as long as most of us can remember, insurance providers made the bulk of their money from investment income. The industry managed to generate decent Return on Equity (ROE) despite combined ratios above 100. But, along came […]

Why ConAgra Foods Decided to Outsource HR Analytics After Doing It In house

Why ConAgra Foods Decided to Outsource HR Analytics After Doing It In house

This is the second article in a series on how companies are using Big Data to gain critical business insights. ConAgra Foods, a food maker based in Omaha, Nebraska, started its journey to using predictive analysis in an incremental way. The company, whose brands include Healthy Choice, Banquet, Orville Redenbacher’s, Marie Callender’s and Chef Boyardee, […]

Six Tips for Telcos to Cross the Cloud Chasm

Six Tips for Telcos to Cross the Cloud Chasm

Cloud technologies are changing both consumer and business behaviors. Breaking down barriers associated with storage and compute power, cloud solutions are freeing users from the limits of their smartphones, tablets and PCs allowing them to access unlimited resources and pay only for what they need. But how do providers of cloud services and solutions move […]

Five Reasons Why Non-US Providers Are Beefing Up Their US Centers and Why This is Good for Outsourcing

Five Reasons Why Non-US Providers Are Beefing Up Their US Centers and Why This is Good for Outsourcing

Non-US-based outsourcing service providers are currently beefing up their US operations. A constellation of events are making this beneficial for both outsourcing buyers and providers. “Every provider wants a US presence,” observes Denis Winkler, Director at Alsbridge. “And if they already have a presence, it’s growing.” Some of the factors creating this new geographical attitude […]

Latin America Growing As an Outsourcing Market—Especially for Real Estate

Latin America Growing As an Outsourcing Market—Especially for Real Estate

Outsourcing buyers and service providers are now shining a spotlight on Latin America. “It’s been a slow-growing industry over the last 10 years. But interest has picked up in the last year or two,” reports Mark Melas, regional director, Jones Lang LaSalle, a professional services and investment management company offering specialized real estate services, including […]

How Big Data is Becoming Predictive, Helping Executives Make Better Decisions

How Big Data is Becoming Predictive, Helping Executives Make Better Decisions

Businesses have always wanted a crystal ball to predict the future. Now they can almost have one if they combine Big Data, analytic prowess and deep domain and process knowledge. For the first time, analytics is becoming predictive and can help executives make less risky decisions that affect their corporate futures. The key is you […]