outsource issue 31 - (Page 88)
Dead and Buried?
Some say outsourcing is dead – but for others, it’s become an
accepted part of multifaceted business strategies. Should we be
talking instead about evolution – or even resurrection?
is a leading figure
in the sourcing
advisory world, and in particular legal
transformation. Formerly Consulting
Director at Orbys, he has recently
joined the leadership team at Source
as a Director.
here has been much talk on
the wires recently about the
alleged “death of outsourcing”.
Many of the reasons given are
simply to promote someone’s
new “outsourcing paradigm”, from which
you can assume that it is still outsourcing
but with a fancy acronym attached. Other
reasons are rather more serious – that
outsourcing has “had its day” and is no
longer appropriate in an austere world
where jobs should be kept on your own
shores. I actually believe that outsourcing,
as a concept, is dying out not because of
its risks and failures, but because of its
Think about it: over the last ten
years, people “did outsourcing”. They
had “outsourcing projects” and used
“outsourcing advisors”. That was because
outsourcing was still a relatively new
concept that required focus and specialist
skills. But now we have seen outsourcing
become part of “business as usual”. This
is evident when I speak to CIOs who don’t
talk anymore about their “outsourcing
strategy” but about their IT strategy, of
@christinekane: Outsourcing is one of the best ways to make money. It makes time for your
brilliant work. You have to learn to let go of the little things.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of outsource issue 31
Keys to Driving Supply Chain Outsourcing Success
Biography of a Carve-Out
Culture and Values
Redefining the Law Firm Delivery Model
Sharing the Glory
Breaking the Outsourcing Conundrum
Back from the Summit
Losing the Race Before You Put On Your Trainers
Innovate to Accelerate
Making an Impact
Home or Away?
Dead and Buried?
So What Now?
The Legal View
The Deal Doctor
The Last Word
outsource issue 31