Industry Perspectives & Insights
As remote and hybrid work environments are making it more difficult for employers to recruit and attain high-quality digital talent, we asked SVP of Global Services and Co-Founder of SMC Squared Steven Stephan to share his thoughts on how to rethink the approach to scaling global teams while minimizing additional hidden costs.
Many Global Insourcing Center RFPs ask for hourly rates as a selection criterion to support cost control or optimization. Hourly rates themselves are easy to compare but do not accurately reflect the actual costs to deliver services or projects. Fixed bids make an attempt at solving this issue, but are often laced with caveats and take a significant effort to understand the scope.
Why are companies still sourcing talent from a bench? In the race for talent, there seems to be a huge frustration to find team members that even vaguely meet the requirements. That doesn’t even begin to consider company culture, soft skills, and retention.
Last month, Ecolab Digital Center and SMC Squared joined together to raise funds to support our community in India. On April 25, the country crossed the 350,000 mark of new single-day Covid-19 cases, the highest number of daily cases in the world since the beginning of the pandemic. As a result of the significant increase of daily cases, India is experiencing a shortage of equipment to help Covid-19 patients breathe.
We’re proud to announce the recipients of the inaugural Marcella A Connolly Scholarship Award or “MAC” Scholarship, for the 2020-2021 academic school year. Each year, the MAC Scholarship Award, established by SMC Squared and the Connolly family, will recognize remarkable young women who are working to achieve an education in a STEM-related program.
While organizations across the globe are being challenged to re-evaluate their workforce models, the hybrid workplace creates varied and arguably unique challenges for IT leaders.
As access to COVID-19 vaccines increases, companies around the world are actively discussing how to prepare for a hybrid work culture, somewhere along the continuum of fully returning and fully remote, with many options in between.
Whether the focus is to build smart applications or update mobile apps for end-users, to increase intelligence using advanced algorithms, or to look at opportunities to automate internal operations to drive high-value outcomes, IT leaders are actively evaluating their digital strategy and seeking ways to rapidly transform.
As more businesses are looking offshore to increase their digital capabilities, the question of how to guarantee success and a strong return on investment ensues. Will CIO efforts drive the innovation and change their customers are seeking or will their efforts fizzle as they race against their competitors?
In 2020 we saw companies sink or float as they either rose to the occasion to digitally transform or missed the mark in adapting their business practices to meet quickly changing consumer needs.
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