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Everybody is into Sourcing

Sourcing seems a relatively new field. Many associate sourcing primarily with the big IT outsourcing deals from the 1990s and the early 21st century. Comprehensive initiatives where assets and people were transferred to international service…
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Well, yes, but why not do it better?

On October 12, Sourcing Nederland organised a seminar "an alternative view on sourcing". We heard an interesting story about mediation from Lieneke Viergever and Patrick Wit. I was provided the opportunity to share some thoughts about alternative…
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Minimum Viable Contract

Contracting the terms in a business relationship involves a bizarre dynamic: the more you regulate, the more you have to regulate. It often starts with working out a limited number of situations, but soon the conversation becomes more detailed.…
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Minimum Viable Relationship

Outsourcing engagements should be based on trust and collaboration. Isn't that obvious? Apparently, it is not. Outsources typically don't set up their selection process based on that premise. Clients often act like they don't trust potential…
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Cultural fit (or not)

When companies decide to outsource part of their activities, this will require serious preparation. They invest time and effort in a sourcing strategy, considering what should or should not be outsourced. There is attention to the scope (involving…
Lean Agile Procurement
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Lean Agile Procurement

When starting as a freelancer, people warned me that I might get stuck. Some colleagues at the time were afraid that my development might come to a halt. Without the R&D back-up of a company or corporation, how would I come up with new ideas? It…
Agile Sourcing - toolbox
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Agile Sourcing

Onlangs lanceerden we ons Agile Sourcing-aanbod, ontwikkeld om organisaties te ondersteunen die meer waarde willen genereren in hun samenwerking met IT-leveranciers. Geïnspireerd door verschillende Agile principes... waaronder een compleet…
Beschuit met muisjes
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The beginning of something new: 2iQ Management & Consultancy

After 25 years, working for seven different employers in multiple countries on two different continents it was time for a new step. The real choice was to either support the vision of someone else or follow my own dreams and act on my own values…
Best Value
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Best Value Procurement, a one-size-fits-all solution?

Well over a year ago I had several people who talked to me about Best Value Procurement (BVP for short). For different reasons they were all very positive about this approach and its potential benefits. Fragmented stories and various recommendations…
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Regular Engagement Maintenance, a continuous effort in the relationship

As a huge fan of the TED talks, I quite regularly listen to the diverse range of speakers telling about their expertise and providing new insights. A recent example of a very interesting presentation was from Dan Gilbert who talked about The…
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From cost to value

Outsourcing has been around for some time now. After the mega deals in the late nineties, the industry developed quite a bit. Deals became smaller, engagement are now mostly multi-vendor, in some cases with a prime vendor responsible for service…
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Evaluating Price, Quality and other inequalities

In various languages there are different sayings for the attempt to compare incomparable items. English and French refer to the comparison of apples and oranges where Dutch and German refer to the more similar apples and pears. Spanish is still…