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January 3, 2017

Sourcing must adapt to digital business goals

Businesses need to change their sourcing strategies if they are to keep pace with the digital revolution, says analyst organisation Gartner

Automated nappies, smart shoes and autonomous cars are just a few of the IT-enabled products and services businesses are developing – but what does this mean to IT departments?

Lots of outsourcing – but a different type of outsourcing, according to Gartner.

At the company’s annual outsourcing event in London, keynotes and presentations were dominated by the speakers’ emphasis on the need to digitise business and the sourcing challenges that brings.

The Gartner Sourcing & Strategic Supplier [...]

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January 14, 2016

Denis Gorshkov: Chaos Theory in Organization Management: Sometimes you just have to let it go

I have never believed chaos would help me to stabilize my company and bring it to a new level, says Denis Gorshkov, CEO of Diatom Enterprises.

Discipline, planning, strict order… probably, those would be the concepts that would come to my mind 10 years ago when thinking of Organization Management. However, after letting the business develop as it might for some time, I have become a happier person and a more successful director. Let me share my thoughts with you.

We live in a world engulfed by chaos. Weather, market, technology, political events and even our own health are for the most part chaotic and unpredictable. In essence, all our lives we try to adapt to [...]

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November 25, 2015

Quality in Software Outsourcing – a multiple-variable equation

Ensuring quality is likely to be the most frequently voiced concern behind companies’ reluctance to outsource software development – especially when it comes to non-technical organizations, who find it difficult to spare the internal technical resources needed to assess quality on all levels. Still, a through technical understanding is by no means mandatory to insure excellence with your software outsourcing. While it can be naturally intimidating for ‘first-timers’, collaboration success depends largely on variables that are out in the open, making the quality equation solvable, once you know what you’re looking for. Let’s break these down into the most important points.

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July 15, 2015

How deadlines can kill your Outsourcing Project in India

The audience at the Nordic IT Sourcing & Innovation forum this week in Stockholm was a handsome crowd, eager to learn how to effectively work in an outsourcing business relationship. Participants debated with great interest what it takes to systematically drive innovation through outsourcing.

David Frydlinger of Lindahl, a Swedish law firm, showed how you can actually incorporate collaborative innovation in a legal contract. In a nutshell you need a written contract where a continuously efficient relationship is prioritized before the negotiated deal: “If innovation is on the agenda,” David said in his presentation, “the relational contract is the model to choose since [...]

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