Outsourcing

While there are many types of outsourcing, in general it refers to contracting a business process or function previously performed in-house to an outside entity. Research coverage includes application outsourcing, data center outsourcing, and hosting and managed services.

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  • Martin Gill
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    Blog:What's your in-store digital strategy?

    At the start of the year, I published a piece of research looking at the major trends we predicted would hit Europe this year. One of the themes I called out was building on Peter Sheldon’s...

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      Blog:eCommerce. Russian style!

      Anyone who’s heard me speak at a conference over the last couple of years stands a fair chance of having listened to me talk about the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now, considering I typically talk...

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        Blog:Drive Digital Transformation Through Strategic Partnerships

        I’m house hunting.   It’s a very enlightening way of seeing digital disruption in action. When my wife and I bought our current house over a decade ago, we found it on a property...

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          Blog:What Can Microsoft Teach You About Digital Business?

          It’s only crumbling, archaic companies that have to worry about digital disruption, right? Companies that cling to out-moded ways of operating, where out-of-touch, besuited executives languish...

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            Blog:Digital Business Transformation Will Gain Critical Mass In 2015

            In 2014 digital business hit the boardroom and the C-suite offices: At the beginning of 2014, 93% of executives told us that they believed that their industries would experience digital disruption in...

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              Blog:Why Do Digital Business Transformations Fail?

              Digital transformation is undeniably complex and often misunderstood. To look at why things go wrong for some firms, lets take a quick look at three high-profile examples of transformation - two...

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                Blog:Agile Commerce: Know It When You See It

                  Here at Forrester, we’ve been evangelizing the concept of agile commerce for a while now, and we are working on a stream of research building on the concept and digging into exactly how...

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                  Blog:Shooting Arrows At Eagles

                  Mao Zedong is quoted as having said that: “A revolution is not a dinner party . . . A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.” However,...

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                    Blog:Why you shouldn’t rush out and hire a CDO

                    Chief Digital Officer (or CDO) is the latest in a long line of snazzy C-level titles to emerge over the last few years. At Forrester we’ve been watching this trend for a while now and have made...

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                      Blog:Where’s Your Next $Bn In Growth Coming From? Your Home Market? I Don’t Think So…

                      Depending on the viewpoint of your favorite economist, the recession may be over. But retail growth is far from buoyant in many markets. The UK retail sector shows healthy signs of recovery, while US...

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                        Blog:Accelerate Digital, Don't Try and Control It

                        Centres of excellence and shared service teams are nothing new. Its a concept that Technology Management teams have been wrestling with for years, if not decades in an effort to streamline underlying...

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                          Blog:Introducing the Global Retail Segmentation

                          It's hardly a secret that consumers are rapidly adopting new touchpoints to help them shop. But the killer question that every eBusiness executive must be able to answer is, how quickly are...

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                            Blog:The ROI of Agile Commerce

                            Its been a labor of love, but its finally here. Yes, I’ve actually published The ROI Of Agile Commerce.   One of the most common themes we hear from firms looking to invest in pushing...

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                              Blog:A tale of two brands: Are you ready to embrace the realities of digital business in 2013?

                              2013 is going to be a fascinating year for retail in Europe. When I look at what’s to come this year, I can paint a picture of what Forrester predicts by looking at a tale of two brands. Both...

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                                Blog:Time To Become a Digital Unicorn

                                I’m happy to report a major milestone. The final chapter of the Digital Business Playbook went live today. It’s the Tools and technology chapter, which has been an absolute beast of a...

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                                  Blog:Ready to Write Your Digital Strategy? Read This First.

                                  Two weeks ago today I was in Chicago preparing for Forrester's Forum For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals.   Our theme was movies - about the shift from the monolithic studio...

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                                    Blog:Digital Business Means its Time to Evolve

                                    I’m returning from three days at Forrester’s Technology Management Forum in London. The theme was “Unleash Your Digital Business”, and a very public event on the first day...

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                                      Blog:Black Friday: The Sale That Stole Christmas

                                      Black Friday is here. By here, I mean here in Europe. And it’s here to stay. Amazon launched Europe’s first Black Friday sale in 2010, with a small fanfare and some success. Most European...

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                                        Blog:How to be a Digital Commando

                                        These poor, cold fellows stand few miles from my parent’s house in the Highlands of Scotland. They commemorate the founding of the Royal Marine Commandos in 1942, and these windswept, bronze...

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                                          Blog:Managing the Cross-Touchpoint Customer Journey

                                          It’s no great surprise that many retailers are reporting an increase in multi-touchpoint engagement from their shoppers this year in the run-up to Christmas. Our own Technographics® data...

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                                            Blog:Burberry's Digitally Enabled Store Is Seductive, But Is It Really "Agile Commerce"?

                                            There are a few firms that I regularly point to as agile commerce exemplars, and one of them is Burberry. This always makes me smile because being from the north of England and growing up in a...

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                                              Blog:Step Up To Digital Leadership

                                              No industry is immune to digital disruption. Globally, executives acknowledge the disruptive influence that digital technologies have on their businesses. In fact, in a recent Forrester survey...

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                                                Blog:Forrester's first European Mobile Commerce Forecast

                                                  Mobile commerce is a HOT topic! Over the last three months I’ve presented at 4 different European events on the subject of Mobile Commerce in retail, and in every other speech I’m...

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                                                  Blog:Navigating the New Digital Landscape

                                                  I’m writing this on the train. On my iPad. Connected to the internet (albeit intermittently, thanks to the occasional tunnel) while trundling through the British countryside. I booked my ticket...

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                                                    Blog:European Brands are Embracing the Cross-Touchpoint Reality

                                                    I had the pleasure of presenting an evolution of our Agile Commerce research last week at the Internet Retailing conference in London. It was an interesting event on a number of fronts, but my key...