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  • Infosys Showcases Resiliency of Nearshore Outsourcing Services in Face of Natural Disasters

    Jan 23, 2020, by Sven Lohse

      A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck Puerto Rico on January 6, killing one person, toppling homes and buildings, and triggering a blackout on the island that is still recovering two years after Hurricane Maria. Governor Wanda Vázquez declared a state of emergency and activated the Puerto Rico National Guard to help with recovery efforts. How might this earthquake disaster have[...]

  • Digital Workplace Services is Enhancing Collaboration Across the Enterprise

    Jan 23, 2020, by John Laherty

    NelsonHall completed an in-depth analysis of advanced digital workplace services (DWS) in 2019. 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. We will also take a look at some of the drivers and trends we expect to see as we move into 2020 and beyond. DWS is enabling the future-ready workpl[...]

  • Digital Experience Consulting in 2020: From Fishing to Teaching Clients to Fish

    Jan 23, 2020, by David McIntire

      In a recent NelsonHall survey of IT services buyers, the most highly-sought benefit of digital transformation engagements was improving customer experience and customer satisfaction (highly important to ~68% of buyers globally). This focus has driven IT services vendors to invest heavily over the last several years in expanding their experience consulting and design capabilities. In [...]

  • 3 Key Growth Segments for Banking ITS & BPS in 2020

    Jan 22, 2020, by Andy Efstathiou

      Banks will spend 2020 pursuing three key initiatives that have not been a priority in the past. Two of them, open banking and cloud delivery, are technology environments that have just recently matured to the extent that banks are able to drive business model change with them. The third priority is M&A driving large ITS engagements, and is typical of late-stage economic cycle act[...]

  • AntWorks Targets Breadth & Depth in Client Engagements, Partners & Curation Capabilities

    Jan 21, 2020, by Mike Smart

      Last week, NelsonHall attended ANTENNA2020, AntWorks’ yearly analyst retreat. AntWorks has made considerable progress since its last analyst retreat, experiencing considerable growth (estimated at ~260%) in the three quarters ending January 2020, and employing 604 personnel at the end of this period. By geography, AntWorks’ most successful geography remains APAC, close[...]

  • TCS Positions Data Testing Capabilities Around Big Data & AI with BITS

    Jan 08, 2020, by Dominique Raviart

      In the world of testing services/quality assurance, data testing has in the past been somewhat overlooked, still largely relying on spreadsheets and manual tasks. While much of the current attention has been on agile/continuous testing, data testing remains an important element of IT projects, and gained further interest a few years ago in the context of big data, with migration o[...]

  • Accenture’s Industry X.0 Expands its Focus to Digital Manufacturing Use Cases

    Jan 06, 2020, by Dominique Raviart

      Back in early 2018, we discussed with Accenture how the company had created its Industry X.0 unit to address client demand for product engineering services along with Industry 4.0 and emerging technologies such as AR/VR and digital twins. In Industry X.0, Accenture grouped its capabilities around digital manufacturing, embedded systems, PLM services, MES services, and other units. [...]

  • Tech Mahindra Refreshes Functional Test Execution with AI & UX Capabilities

    Dec 16, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently caught up with Tech Mahindra’s QA practice, Digital Assurance Services, to assess recent progress with their IP strategy. Digital Assurance Services’ test automation strategy is based on IP and accelerators in its LitmusT platform. The company has been aggregating and integrating automation artifacts within LitmusT and intends to automate the full testing l[...]

  • Productizing its Service Offerings is Working Well for Unisys

    Dec 10, 2019, by Rachael Stormonth

    Unisys recently held an analyst/adviser meet in New York; shortly before, it had reported another set of very encouraging quarterly results, with its Services business delivering its sixth consecutive quarter of organic (CS/CC) topline growth. The double-digit organic growth Unisys has achieved in Services this year is market leading (its much smaller Technology business is lumpy by nature) an[...]

  • CX Services M&A Activity Hots Up: Why Telus International is Acquiring CCC for €915m

    Dec 10, 2019, by Ivan Kotzev

      Telus International announced last week the acquisition of Competence Call Center (CCC) for ~€915m. The deal marks the biggest M&A in front-office BPO (CX Services) for 2019. It is also one of several investments in the DACH region and part of a global trend for market share acquisitions. CCC gives Telus International scale for DACH markets CCC is a private CX services[...]

  • TCS Pace: Integrating Capabilities to Drive Innovation

    Dec 09, 2019, by David McIntire

      In NelsonHall’s 2019 survey of IT service buyers, when asked about the key capabilities sought in vendors, a significant majority cited a range of digital consulting capabilities. More than 65% of respondents placed high priority on capabilities such as the ability to take a business perspective to apply digital, provide a roadmap for adoption of digital, and undertake a digita[...]

  • Insurance Start-Up Convex Group Contracts with WNS to Target Cost Ratio of 10%-11%

    Dec 04, 2019, by Sven Lohse

      Convex Group is a start-up specialty insurer and reinsurer focused on complex risks, launched with $1.8bn of committed capital in April 2019. Convex will underwrite insurance and reinsurance for “complex specialty risks across a diversified range of business lines” in London and Bermuda. The company aims to adopt a conservative investment strategy with a predominantly hig[...]

  • Amdocs Simplifies the Test Case-to-Test Script Process with Ginger

    Nov 29, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently chatted with Amdocs about how the company has been progressing with its automation framework, ‘Ginger by Amdocs’. Amdocs launched Ginger four years ago, initially as a test automation framework designed for use by non-automation engineers. Since then, Amdocs has aggregated some of its test IP around Ginger and has become its main test automation platform, with[...]

  • Kronos Doubles Down on HCM Platform Development

    Nov 27, 2019, by Pete Tiliakos

      Earlier this month, Kronos held its annual client event, KronosWorks, in Las Vegas, drawing >3k attendees from around the globe.  Much of the attention at KronosWorks centered on the launch of InTouch DX, an intelligent time clock offering that incorporates advanced digital capabilities including an LCD with touch-enabled access, facial recognition, and integration with Kr[...]

  • CSS Corp Addresses Commercial Challenges of Cognitive CX Transformation

    Nov 25, 2019, by Ivan Kotzev

      One of the main challenges facing front-office automation projects is the adoption of commercial terms protecting the interests of both clients and CX services providers. In an industry dominated by traditional per FTE and per hour/minute pricing, to be successful, end-to-end digital transformation requires significant initial investments, new KPIs, a stake from the vendor, and a lon[...]

  • Engaging with Benefits: Spotlight on Benefitfocus

    Nov 19, 2019, by Gary Bragar

      Last week I attended the Benefitfocus Seller Place 2020 conference. Benefitfocus has repositioned itself from a software company to a benefits platform provider with solutions focused on engaging and improving the user experience while helping employers and employees make more informed decisions and reduce cost. Benefitfocus has 25m consumers, serving 150k employers with 15.5m emp[...]

  • New Genpact Procurement BPS Strategy Underpinned by Major Personnel Transfer

    Nov 13, 2019, by Rachael Stormonth

    Genpact has signed a procurement BPS contract with a multinational conglomerate to manage a spend of $10bn covering all major categories of indirect spend (except IT) including logistics, FM, MRO, professional services, travel, and contingent labor, globally. The contract is of strategic importance to Genpact in that it involves the transfer of 130 category management and sourcing personnel[...]

  • Infosys’ Analytics Practice Aims to Bridge Business Needs & AI-Related Technical Services

    Nov 11, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked to Infosys about its analytics and big data capabilities in its Data and Analytics (DNA) practice. DNA is a significant practice within Infosys, which we estimate represents ~8% of Infosys’ headcount. It continues to enhance its portfolio, expanding from technical services to business services, and segments its portfolio around three themes: Modernize, Mon[...]

  • Entering the Voice Bot Age: Tech Mahindra Launches m.ai.a

    Nov 01, 2019, by Ivan Kotzev

      Voice bots are a tiny part of the customer service and outsourced CX services market today. However, they are significant both in terms of investment and the attention they are receiving from organizations. In both smart home devices (voice assistants) and traditional telephony, voice bots are growing (*see a sample of news items from October 2019 at the end of the text). With div[...]

  • Atos North America: Back to Growth

    Nov 01, 2019, by Rachael Stormonth

    What a difference a year makes. Atos recently held its second North America business event in Dallas, just under a year since completing its acquisition of Syntel. Last year’s event focused on the newly formed Atos-Syntel organization in North America, and also on how, with a new CEO in place, North America was starting to address some legacy problems and to manage a situation where a[...]

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