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Adaptive Sourcing Innovate Layer: Innovation Strategies Accelerate Business Growth

Published: 07 November 2014

ID: G00265994

Analyst(s): Frances Karamouzis , Ruby Jivan, Ed Anderson , Claudio Da Rold


IT sourcing executives must embrace innovation and partner with key stakeholders in driving innovation through sourcing initiatives. Digital disruption requires organizations to innovate. Adaptive sourcing is a model to drive business innovation using new technologies and external sources.

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  • Key Challenges



  • Embrace a Culture of Open Innovation
    • Open Innovation Includes Internal Innovation Initiatives
    • Open Innovation Through Traditional Outsourcing
    • Open Innovation Using Niche or Innovation-Focused Vendors
    • Open Innovation Through Crowdsourcing
  • Operate in a Bimodal Model
    • Leadership Is Required to Drive and Operationalize Innovation
  • Institutionalize the Adaptive Sourcing Model
    • Engage Supplier and Distributor Channels
    • Apply Standard Operating Best Practices Through All Layers of the Adaptive Sourcing Model

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