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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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August 30, 2016

How digital transformation is disrupting IT outsourcing

Digital transformation is the business goal du jour. And while the increased adoption of social, mobile, analytics, cloud, autonomics, robotics and Internet of Things technologies is creating tremendous opportunities for the enterprise, it’s also introducing new risk.

Most notably, these emerging technologies are impacting on how IT organizations interact with their IT service providers. These newer solutions tend to be less customizable, more scalable, less expensive and more automated than traditional outsourced services. They often require less deal-specific investment and the services may be shared among many customers. Thus, the outsourcing contracts that govern them [...]

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May 28, 2016

Lessons from Finland: How the News Industry is Managing Digital Transformation and Trying to Stay Profitable

Compared to most other countries taking part in Reuters Institute Digital News Report, the national news media in Finland seem to have survived the digital transformation pretty well. People use digital sources for news more than in most other countries, their trust in news is more solid, and the sources used – even online – are mostly traditional Finnish media companies. The problem is not reaching people with news but keeping journalism profitable.

The Finnish media environment is characterized by a strong regional press. Daily papers are mainly purchased by subscriptions, often covering both print and online editions. The two national afternoon tabloids both reach over half [...]

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October 27, 2015

Cloud Is The ‘Foundation For Digital Transformation

Here’s a startling little factoid: Since 2000, 52% of the companies in the Fortune 500 have either gone bankrupt, been acquired, ceased to exist, or dropped off the list.

That’s a massive shift, and it’s only going to increase, says Ray Wang, founder and principal analyst at Constellation Research.

Speaking at CloudWorld Boston, Wang examined how the convergence of a host of technologies is powering digital disruption. Mobile, social, analytics, connected devices, 3D printing and cloud computing are all part of a process enabling businesses to digitize their processes and their business models.

“Digitalization of business is a key factor in this accelerated pace [...]

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