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Virtual Assistants Get Down to Business

Virtual Assistants Get Down to Business

Seriously, what is more fun than a little friendly banter with the virtual assistant on your smartphone?  “She” retrieves directions, dials contacts and even retrieves the answers to life’s most burning questions, like “What is the capital of Indonesia?” or “How many feet in a meter?” or “Do I look good in the color blue?” […]

Gamification Best Practices for Real Business Results

Gamification Best Practices for Real Business Results

How do you “encourage” employees to do a task they dread and hence avoid? That was the dilemma Charlie Bess, HP Fellow and HP Enterprise Services’ Chief Technologist of Americas Application and Business Services, faced. He was the chairman of HP’s Global Tech Conference. Attendees must submit a paper and then have five people review […]

How Mobile Is Redialing HR

How Mobile Is Redialing HR

Mobile phones have morphed from a communication device to a business tool. HR departments have noticed. They are putting mobile technology in almost every process—from talent acquisition to training to performance reviews. “We see this evolution becoming a revolution,” says Rayanne Thorn, vice president of product marketing and strategy for Technomedia, an integrated global talent […]

Disrupter Turned Destroyer: How Mobility is Killing Corporate Productivity

Disrupter Turned Destroyer: How Mobility is Killing Corporate Productivity

Please silence your smartphone and give this article your full attention. For most people these days, that’s easier said than done. Although the proliferation of mobility has untethered global employees from their desks, provided anytime access to the information they need to do their jobs, and given workforces newfound agility, there is a dark side. […]

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 […]

The Impact of Wearable Mobile on MDM Strategies

The Impact of Wearable Mobile on MDM Strategies

Move over, Rolex. Step aside, Armani. If the predictions hold true, tomorrow’s corporate climbers will all be ditching the designer accessories for the next big thing: namely, wearable computing devices. From smart watches to augmented reality glasses and contact lenses, today’s emerging tech toys have the potential to become tomorrow’s most valuable business tools. You […]

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 […]

Should CIO Be a Part-Time Job?

Should CIO Be a Part-Time Job?

Forgive me if the title of this article elevated your blood pressure or caused undue anxiety. The goal here is not to discount the role of the CIO in today’s business environment but to point out the fact that, in many companies, that role has significantly changed. Almost every company is becoming technology-centric, with digital […]

Insourcing: A Bridge Too Far

Insourcing: A Bridge Too Far

As the outsourcing industry has matured over the past several decades, it’s now becoming clear that its original advantages, such as labor cost savings, have begun to fade. In fact, it seems that our laser-like focus on cost has impacted innovation and service quality, and now the pendulum is swinging in the opposite direction. Taking […]

BPO for the Next Generation

BPO for the Next Generation

How analytics, insights and innovation are revolutionizing the outsourcing industry Since its mainstream inception in the 1990s, a comprehensive and successful business process outsourcing (BPO) program has consisted of three main elements: cost reduction, transaction processing of non-core functions (such as human resources and finance and accounting), and offshoring. The entire concept was built around […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Criminals Turn to Outsourcing to Launch Distributed Denial of Service Attacks

Criminals Turn to Outsourcing to Launch Distributed Denial of Service Attacks

Here’s one sign that outsourcing has become an accepted global business strategy: the criminals have adopted it! Yes, friends, neighbors and countrymen, criminals are hiring IT experts to perform distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, which effectively bring down Websites. NSFOCUS, Inc., a company that provides enterprise-level network security solutions and services, tracked 168,459 individual DDoS attacks […]

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 […]