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  • CX Automation in Practice: Reality Check with Webhelp

    Sep 13, 2019, by Ivan Kotzev

      The inevitable automation of the contact center role has become such as surefire prediction in mass media, by CEOs, and even politicians, that a more realistic view of the industry may seem impossible. In this blog, I look at Webhelp’s assessment of the CX automation landscape and the realistic challenges and opportunities in the market. Customer-facing automation requires s[...]

  • Infosys Innovation Centers: Localizing Innovation & Talent

    Sep 05, 2019, by David McIntire

      Infosys is undergoing an internal transformation to become what it calls a Live Enterprise with the objective of accelerating its service delivery and adaptability to changing client needs. The core of Live Enterprise entails the expanded use of data and automation to support an evolving workforce. Infosys has introduced a number of tools and accelerators to orchestrate its services [...]

  • NelsonHall Launches Industry-First Intelligent Automation Platform Evaluation

    Sep 03, 2019, by Mike Smart

      NelsonHall has just launched an industry-first evaluation of Intelligent Automation (IA) platforms, including platforms from Antworks, Automation Anywhere, Blue Prism, Datamatics, IPsoft, Jacada, Kofax, Kryon, Redwood, Softomotive, and UiPath. As RPA and artificial intelligence converge to address more sophisticated use cases, we at NelsonHall feel it is now time for an [...]

  • Alight Solutions Boosts Global Presence & Cloud HR Capability with Acquisition of NGA HR

    Aug 30, 2019, by Pete Tiliakos

      This past week the payroll services market experienced yet another consolidation of major vendors, with Alight Solutions (‘Alight’) announcing its intent to acquire multi-country payroll specialist NGA HR. Although the deal terms were not disclosed, once approved (expected by Q4, possibly Q1 2020 at the latest), the acquisition will bring together two leading HR BPaaS [...]

  • How Capgemini is Helping Banks Transform Trade Finance

    Aug 29, 2019, by Andy Efstathiou

      Improving efficiency and reducing manual processing of trade finance services has been a difficult challenge for over a century. However, the industry is on the cusp of a transformation which promises to standardize and automate this highly idiosyncratic, manual ecosystem. This blog identifies some of the key trends in trade finance transformation and how one vendor, Capgemini, is su[...]

  • Deutsche Telekom Continues to Realign the Scope of T-Systems

    Aug 15, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      Deutsche Telekom (DTAG) recently announced it is moving T-Systems’ communication services activities with enterprise clients (TC division) and Government clients (Classified division) to Telekom Germany. Accordingly, T Systems’ TC and Classified divisions will be folded into Telekom Germany’s B2B Communications division that currently services small businesses and m[...]

  • Comdata: How Customer Insights Are Transforming CX in Retail & CPG

    Aug 05, 2019, by Ivan Kotzev

      A common theme in the upcoming NelsonHall CX Services in Retail & CPG report is the increasing need by sector clients to generate and operationalize insights from their customers. Technology has shifted the power to consumers who are less loyal to brands and change their buying behavior more frequently, creating micro-segments. However, while having a wealth of data such as cu[...]

  • Tech Mahindra Introduces Performance Testing Platform Based on Open Source Software

    Aug 02, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      NelsonHall has commented several times about the role of platforms in quality assurance (QA) and how these are playing a central role in functional testing in the world of agile methodologies and continuous testing. Platforms take a best-of-breed approach to software components and rely, by default, on open source software, sometimes including expert functionality from COTS. In th[...]

  • Tieto Acquiring EVRY: Both Local Champions in the Nordics, but Very Different Firms

    Jul 17, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      Tieto recently announced its intention to acquire EVRY. The company is offering 0.12 Tieto share and NOK 5.28 in cash per EVRY share. EVRY shareholders will receive €0.2bn in cash and 37.5% of Tieto’s capital, valuing EVRY to ~€1.4bn ($1.6bn). Also, Tieto is taking over the net debt of EVRY (NOK 6bn/$0.7bn). The acquisition will give birth to the largest Nordics-he[...]

  • HCL’s EXACTO Intelligent Automation Streamlines Bank Trade Processing

    Jul 16, 2019, by Andy Efstathiou

      The BFSI industries are increasingly looking to intelligent automation (IA) to address key challenges in their business. A recent NelsonHall survey of 50 BFSI executives found that they perceive that IA is able to replace manual processing and human decision-making, allowing the bank’s operations to decouple processing volumes from headcount. Key benefits respondents expect to [...]

  • Not Just About the Crowd: Crowdtesting Embraces Automation

    Jul 15, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      In the world of testing services, crowdtesting stands out. While efforts towards automation are accelerating in testing services/quality assurance (QA), the perception that crowdtesting is labor intensive and relies on communities of tens of thousands of testers seems at odds with this. This perception is no longer valid: the crowdtesting industry has changed. Managing crowdtestin[...]

  • Korn Ferry’s Spotlight on Talent Advisory

    Jul 03, 2019, by Gary Bragar

      I recently attended Korn Ferry’s RPO Client Advisory Forum, which was all about talent management. The theme was ‘unplugged’ and featured frank discussions about the RPO industry, including the challenges faced by the clients and service providers who attended from every region. Beyond RPO, Korn Ferry offers many complementary talent management services, includin[...]

  • The Characteristics of Successful Blockchain Deployments in Banking

    Jul 01, 2019, by Andy Efstathiou

      Blockchain has been a focus of technologists, VCs, and media pundits for several years now. However, to date, operational deployment remains minimal. Of all enterprises already working with blockchain, only a few percent have a scale operational deployment. Blockchain has seen three stages in its short history: Lab testing of the technology: 2014 to 2016. Key events include the[...]

  • DXC Supports BMW in its Autonomous Vehicle Journey

    Jun 28, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked to DXC Technology’s Analytics business line about its work with German premium car OEM BMW, its positioning in autonomous vehicles, and its differentiation strategy. BMW recently provided some light on the dynamics behind its Vision iNEXT autonomous car due to launch in late 2021. Vision iNEXT, BMW’s first autonomous vehicle, will offer Level 3 auton[...]

  • Capgemini Jumpstarts its ER&D Activities for €5bn!

    Jun 26, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      This week Capgemini announced its intention to acquire Altran in an all-cash transaction of €14 per share. The €5.0bn transaction, which includes €3.6bn in cash and Altran’s net debt of €1.4bn, provides a 30% premium over the last month. Capgemini has secured the 11% stake from Apax Partners and expects to close the acquisition by the end of 2019. The acq[...]

  • Will Crowdsourced Customer Service Get Solv(ed)?

    Jun 26, 2019, by Ivan Kotzev

      Crowdsourcing and different types of freelanced customer support models pre-date the current household names using these models in leisure and travel, personal transportation, and delivery services. Many of these early attempts died out because of poor business models, or remain effective today but in niche markets (e.g. gaming) or on a small scale (e.g. U.K. mobile network, giffgaff[...]

  • IT Service Buyers in 2019: Four Key Trends

    Jun 24, 2019, by David McIntire

      NelsonHall has recently completed compiling and analyzing data from a survey of over 1k IT services buyers globally. This research is being published in a series of sector reports (all are available to subscribers here), spanning the 18 sectors analyzed, with geographic breakdowns incorporated within each. While completing these individual reports we noted several themes that were[...]

  • PeopleScout: Improving Employer Branding, Driving Global Growth

    Jun 20, 2019, by Gary Bragar

      Last week I attended PeopleScout’s annual client NEXT Talent Summit 2019. In the keynote address, President Taryn Owen noted that this event marked one year since its acquisition of TMP to strengthen its global RPO and talent advisory capabilities. TMP, which operated in the U.K. under the brand name TMP Worldwide, provides employer branding, recruitment marketing, and RPO serv[...]

  • Digital Workplace Services Driving the Employee Experience

    Jun 10, 2019, by John Laherty

      NelsonHall recently completed an in-depth analysis of advanced digital workplace services (DWS). This blog looks at some of the key findings from this research, in which we spoke both to leading IT services vendors and clients of their services. Changing workforce expectations are driving DWS transformation Organizations are deploying digital workplace services to improve produ[...]

  • Democratizing RPA through the Connected Entrepreneur Enterprise

    Jun 03, 2019, by Mike Smart

      Following on from the Blue Prism World Conference in London (see separate blog), NelsonHall recently attended the Blue Prism World conference in Orlando. Building on the significant theme around positioning the ‘Connected Entrepreneur Enterprise’, the vendor provided further details on how this links to the ‘democratization’ of RPA through organizations. [...]

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