Tag: automation

Top 9 Innovation Trends in Outsourcing for 2015

Top 9 Innovation Trends in Outsourcing for 2015

Robotics, Analytics or Multi-channel enagagement? This report explores the innovative practices businesses are implementing in their outsourcing agreements. It is based on 100 in-depth interviews with senior outsourcing buyers. More than four fifths (83%) of buyers say they have experienced innovation in their outsourcing relationships Nine in ten (92%) say their outsourcing partners want to […]

Is Your Maintenance & Support Approach Making Your IT Sick?

Is Your Maintenance & Support Approach Making Your IT Sick?

Rx for World Class Support: A Dose of Prediction Leads to Problem Prevention I just returned from a fantastic week on Italy’s Amalfi Coast to celebrate my mother’s birthday!  A trip that we’d talked about for years, planned last minute in April and started to regret in May. How could anyone regret a trip to […]

Automated Advisory: Contradiction or Trend?

Automated Advisory: Contradiction or Trend?

The outsourcing market gets mature and more agile.  Reports from organizations monitoring this market identify a number of factors influencing it.  We see smaller deal-sizes, shorter deal-duration and a trend to renegotiate contracts more frequently. There is a broader provider community and an increasing interest of small- and medium-sized companies to look into sourcing in […]

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 […]

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, […]

Beyond Automation: The Importance of Human Analytics in Social Media Monitoring | Article

Beyond Automation: The Importance of Human Analytics in Social Media Monitoring | Article

Mobile networking. Online games. Social computing. As personal and professional worlds collide, social media is generating huge amounts of unstructured data that’s brimming with business insights — from consumer preferences to competitor activities. That’s why many companies are using social media monitoring tools to “listen” to these conversations. These automated tools — from firms such […]

Independent Insurance Agencies Embrace Outsourcing to Thrive in a Challenging Market | Article

Independent Insurance Agencies Embrace Outsourcing to Thrive in a Challenging Market | Article

It’s not easy being an independent insurance agent these days. Margins are down, the market is soft and direct sellers are promoting a virtual, ‘click-and-pick’ approach to an industry traditionally built on personal relationships and trust. To increase profitability, these agencies have to run lean, automating as many processes as possible. However, even with the […]

Hot Spots for Growth in Outsourcing | Article

Hot Spots for Growth in Outsourcing | Article

Which industries will experience a surge in outsourcing in the next few years, and what risks will buyers of those services face? Are there business processes or functions that will begin turning to outsourcing in the next two to five years? What value opportunities and risks will they bring? In what geographic regions will companies […]

The Challenges of Automating Accounts Payable | Article

The Challenges of Automating Accounts Payable | Article

Mayer Electric, a fast-growing electrical supplies distributor in the Southeast United States, realized it had to automate its accounts payable (AP) process. It had 900 people in eight states using a manual system. Last year Mayer Electric paid thousands of its suppliers about $560 million. “We look at Mayer Electric as a brand. How we […]