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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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February 15, 2016

How Nordic IT Startups Get Big Fast

How do small companies get big? It’s a question that gets asked a lot. It’s also a hard one to answer. Great execution is always key, but if I were to share a growth hack to multiplying that execution it would be to figure out strategic partnerships with companies larger than your own. To borrow a phrase from Isaac Newton:

“If you can learn to stand on the shoulders of giants, you can get bigger, faster.”

As a small company, you often need to zero in on a narrow product (MVP) or just as importantly a matching target market so you can achieve good product-market fit and sell repeatably into a minimum viable segment.

As a result of this focus, your product or [...]

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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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January 8, 2016

Back to Basics – SLA

How is a SLA contract constructed? What differs SLA from KPI? How to properly construct a catalogue of outsourcing services? What penalties are worth incorporating in an outsourcing contract? With this article we start a cycle of educational publications by Piotr Rutkowski, Managing Partner of SourceOne Advisory.

Outsourcing already became a commonly used business tool, thank to which managers-optimize business processes of the enterprise. Does it mean we have an in-depth knowledge how to optimally and safely implement outsourcing in our own companies? On the side of the suppliers – certainly yes. On the side of buyers – not necessarily.

Talking from my professional [...]

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