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  • Is our approach to GBS enough?

    Early leaders in GBS are far enough along to make a clear-eyed assessment of what they’ve achieved with GBS, where they may be at risk of falling short, and why. In this report, we explore why the growth of GBS has slowed and delve into lessons learned from individuals who have trodden this path.

  • The 3rd Annual Global Robotics Survey

    This year’s Deloitte RPA survey, which attracted well over 400 responses from around the world, shows that awareness of robotics remains high.

  • Digital Disruption Index

    Deloitte has developed the Digital Disruption Index to help remove the hype around technology investment and also help senior executives uncover digital skills gaps. Over time the findings will create a detailed picture of the impact of digital across the largest and most influential UK companies and public sector bodies.

  • 2017 global shared services survey

    Read the key findings of Deloitte's 2017 shared services survey, which had representation from over 330 respondents and provides data for more than 1,100 shared services centres globally.

  • 2016 Global Outsourcing Survey

    The results of the 2016 Global Outsourcing Survey have been compiled from over 280 responses representing organisations from across the globe. Participants spanned 25 sectors with over 50% of participants from organisations generating between $1 billion to $15 billion in annual revenues. This is Deloitte’s third biennial survey, collecting data, insights and trends on the growth and evolution of outsourcing since 2012.

  • 2017 Global Human Capital Trends - Rewriting the rules for the digital age

    Organisations face a radically shifting context for the workforce, the workplace, and the world of work. Our survey of more than 10,000 business and HR leaders from 140 countries reveals 10 areas for businesses to focus on to better organise, manage, develop, and align people at work.

  • 2017 Tech Trends - The kinetic enterprise

    Technology has moved far beyond desktop devices and software upgrades: to data analysis, augmented reality, and reimagining products as services. In fact, the range of recent advances - from nanotech to robotic process automation - can seem overwhelming. But CIOs can look ahead to help shape their company’s future.

  • Analytics in Shared Services and GBS

    What do changes in the way that business operate and interact mean for shared and global business services?

  • Beyond “better and faster”

    As global in-house centres (GICs) continue to scale, organisations will need to consider a new operating model to generate exponential strategic value from their investments. The GRID provides a framework for global in-house centres to go beyond “better and faster,” fostering collaboration and innovation among all players in the extended shared services network. It is becoming challenging for all GICs to achieve the next level of service excellence where high-value and efficiency gain is becoming a prevalent ask from their parent organisations. There is a need to shift the focus from just being low cost delivery centres to high-value service based delivery centres, hence, “Get GRID-ready”.

  • Blockchain. Engima. Paradox. Opportunity

    Who can benefit from a blockchain? How does it generate value? And, perhaps more importantly, how can the technology be applied to existing organisations and their current business models? This paper aims to address these questions and help leaders in different sectors navigate the emerging opportunities offered by blockchain technology.

  • CFO Survey

    The CFO Survey is released quarterly and is an authoritative barometer of UK corporates’ sentiment and strategies. It is the only survey of major UK corporate users of capital that gauges attitudes to valuations, risk and financing.

  • Characteristics of GRID operating model

    Global centres with “global” talent pools, global process ownership, and financials that are competitive around the world Responsiveness via adoption of enabling technologies and application of predictive analytics Integration into a global delivery network based on collaboration and interaction with other “nodes” Dynamic through on-demand service delivery, value-linked measurement systems, and faster, empowered decision-making

  • Choosing the right Global Business Services location

    In this Deloitte Point of View Elias van Herwaarden and Val Popovici of Deloitte's Global Location Strategies share their insight on Global Business Services (GBS) site selection, and why companies should think twice before deciding where to locate their GBS.

  • Crunch time too: CFOs talk off the record about Finance in a digital world

    When our organisation does research with CFOs, we often uncover gold mines of insights. That happened recently when we interviewed 30 finance executives about digital finance transformation in theor global businesses. Our initial analysis of those conversations focused on specific digital technologies, as reported in 'Crunch time: Finance in a digital world.' This follow-up report provides another glimpse of what these finance executives had to say, this time focused on a broader discussion of finance and what it means to make the digital journey.

  • Crunch time: Finance in a digital world

    From cloud computing and robotics to analytics, artificial intelligence and automation, a new class of digital disruptors is transforming how business gets done. Expect these disruptors to have a big impact on the future of finance organisations. But what exactly will their impact be? What is the future of finance in the face of these developments?

  • Customer experience strategy for shared services

    Businesses today are embracing "customer experience" as one of the most important ways to drive sales, customer loyalty, and competitive differentiation. And while shared services users might not be customers in the traditional sense, providing them with a superior experience can yield significant benefits for the business, including: lower costs; improved self-service; and higher employee satisfaction, engagement, and retention.

  • Global business services for analytics

    Leading organisations are recognising the opportunities for Global Business Services (GBS) to deliver business value beyond cost and operational efficiencies. The point-of-view examines why business leaders are now looking too use a GBS model to manage their data capabilities and provide significantly improved access to enterprise-wide reporting and analytics.

  • Global business services: better together

    Our latest publication explores the benefits of Global Business Services beyond the traditional cost and operational benefits of shared services, such as alignment with growth, risk and talent strategies. It explores the essential characteristics and behaviours necessary to drive a performance-improving Global Business Services organisation, as well as providing practical tips on implementation.

  • Global CIO Survey 2016-2017 - Navigating legacy: Charting the course to business value

    Deloitte’s 2016–2017 global survey of CIOs takes us a step forward in gaining a deeper understanding of how CIOs create legacy - the value and impact technology leaders deliver to their organisations. Through in-depth interviews and online surveys, the opinions and insights were collected of more than 1,200 CIOs across 23 industry segments in 48 countries.

  • Global CPO Survey 2017 - Growth: the cost and digital imperative

    Growth ambitions are high in an uncertain market, the pace of change and increased uncertainty requires superior levels of funding. Defensive strategies being implemented by Chief Financial Officers are demanding rapid, sustained cost reduction in parallel to a greater focus on risk from procurement. We are now sure that the traditional procurement operating model has to change. This has been driven by a lack of talent and an increase in digital innovation.

  • Guiding the rise of digital global business services - Increased efficiencies from the digital workforce

    Just when you thought your global business services (GBS) strategy couldn’t deliver more value, digital enters the picture. This is good news for companies that are looking for possible advantages in becoming more efficient. But it also is likely to introduce a significant amount of change in a short amount of time. Service delivery transformation will likely play a big role in the move from traditional GBS to digital GBS. And the journey is just beginning.

  • Hungarian Shared Services Survey 2017 - Trends and Predictions

    Hungary is the second largest market for shares services in the Central Eastern Europe region. Business centers employ more than 40 000 employees and are present in 90+ companies on 100+ SSC sites in the country. Considering the size of the market and remaining open to Hungarian shared service leaders' interests, during our survey we focused on insights and trends related to the growth and evolution of the Hungarian shared services industry.

  • Integrating automation into global business services

    From robotics to cognitive computing, current trends in automation are reshaping global business services (GBS). While new technology, such as robotic process automation (RPA), can enable the “holy grail” of analytics and other higher level services, it may not be a quick fix. In order to reap the potential benefits, organisations must first understand the disruptive aspects of automation, along with the pre-requisites for integrating it into their GBS models.

  • Performance improvement

    For more than two decades, organisations around the world have been using shared services and outsourcing to improve service delivery and reduce costs in defined parts of their businesses. Leading organisations are now taking the next steps.

  • Shared services, outsourcing, global business services and the cloud - Improved agility, resiliency, and flexibility

    There are big changes afoot in shared services, outsourcing, and global business services. It is difficult to imagine these changes taking place without cloud-based capabilities playing a growing role. In fact, there’s already plenty of evidence that cloud is already changing things, as new cloud-based services have experienced widespread adoption over the past couple of years. There is no more time to wait and see how this all plays out.

  • Tax compliance outsourcing and shared services - The future of your tax department

    With tax departments facing big changes on the regulatory front, not to mention within the business itself, it’s difficult to imagine them being successful over the long run without making fundamental changes to their operating models. Outsourcing and global business services will likely play a big role in those changes.

  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications - UK predictions 2017

    Knowing what will come next in tech, media and telco trends has become a key competitive differentiator and can give your business a leading edge. That is why each year we present our view on the major trends from the industry that will impact UK businesses

  • The GBS lab

    Find out how Deloitte's Global Business Services (GBS) Lab can help align leadership understanding of GBS and accelerate the planning of a GBS programme within your organistion. Our one-day session helps executives to assess their organisation, articulate the vision and mobilise GBS change.

  • The robots are coming: Moving beyond traditional methods of automation

    For many, robotics is an innovation that is poised to transform the landscape of transaction processing. For others it is just another way of automating processes that long ago should have been eliminated or simplified. We believe it is a technology worth investigating because of its ability to improve efficiency and reliability.

  • The robots are here

    Our recent online survey found there has been a sharp increase in the number of organisations that have investigated Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and that a significant number of organisations have already implemented or piloted RPA.

  • The role of Shared Services and GBS in delivering Finance Analytics

    Finding a home for Finance Analytics in a GBS or Shared Services organisation provides many benefits.

  • The value of global process owners in global business services – part 1

    In this report we outline five specific and significant ways a GPO can create enterprise-wide value.

  • The value of global process owners in global business services – part 2

    In this report we explain what the leadership at global business services can do to support and enable GPOs to create value for the enterprise.

  • The value proposition of global business services

    For more than two decades, organisations around the world have used shared services and outsourcing to improve controls and reduce costs. Those tried and true benefits are still relevant, but the expectations placed upon leading global business services (GBS) organisations are now much higher. Mature GBS organisations now deliver value in such strategic areas as transformation, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and innovation in addition to traditional cost and operational efficiency benefits.

  • Transformers: How machines are changing every sector of the UK economy

    Our latest report re-examines the impact of automation and robotic on work and employment. This time it shifts focus from the future of occupations to the outlook for industry sectors.

  • Travel in style - your own style

    How can companies raise their back office functions to the next level through the establishment of Global Business Services?

  • What’s next in shared services location strategy?

    In today’s shared services and global business services (GBS) environment, the dynamics are ever-changing. Historically, cost has been the primary measure of value in location decisions. But cost-based decisions can be short-sighted in an increasingly complex shared services landscape affected by the evolving global political scene and impending tax regulations. In fact, a location strategy of calculated coexistence within markets can deliver better results than out-spending the competition. Crafting such a strategy requires the appropriate level of due diligence to determine if a location is a competitive, environmental, cultural, and operating cost fit for the company.