Blogs

'Supplier Management as a Service'

  • Published on: 16 October 2017
  • By: Peter Nowottny

Supplier Management – the Cinderella function?

A client recently said to me that role of a full-time internal supplier manager is a bit like being an anaesthetist in an operating theatre – long periods of routine and boredom with occasional bursts of intense activity when things go unexpectedly and horribly wrong.  

Maybe this ‘anaesthetist syndrome’ is one of the reasons why so many organisations treat supplier management as the Cinderella function within their retained organisation?

Testing as a Service

  • Published on: 10 October 2017
  • By: Angela Wyatt

Automation, robotics and crowdsourcing are part of the latest wave of test capability and are driving major change in the way that test services are delivered. Are you benefiting from these latest innovations and delivering maximum speed and significant cost savings in your test services?

 

Target Operating Models

  • Published on: 15 September 2017
  • By: Angela Wyatt

Are all your ducks in a row?
A good TOM ensures that the organisational direction is fully aligned with its strategic goals and it is a key element in engaging and communicating the rationale for change to stakeholders. So you've heard of TOM but how can you be sure your organisations operating model is any good?

Step Up Renegotiation

  • Published on: 7 September 2017
  • By: Peter Nowottny
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... The Smart Alternative?...

No doubt you will have seen the embarrassing statistic that 70% of outsourcing contracts are simply ‘rolled-on’ at their natural termination date, without the benefit of any market competition or any significant re-negotiation.  Yes, there are very real pressures to stick with ‘the devil you know’, to prevent management overload and to avoid any risk of service disruption.

But is this passive acceptance of the status quo really the best we can do?   Is there a smarter alternative?

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