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  • 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[...]

  • 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[...]

  • 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 This perception is no longer valid: the crowdtesting industry has changed.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[...]

  • 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[...]

  • Cognizant Looks to Automate Testing of Connected Devices

    Apr 10, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      NelsonHall has been commenting recently on the future of testing, looking at how AI algorithms and RPA tools fit in the context of QA. This blog takes a different perspective by looking at how one of the tier-one software testing service vendors is approaching its testing of bots and connected devices. With the fast adoption of connected devices, automating testing of consumer or ind[...]

  • Sopra Steria: Building on Big Data & Analytics Initiatives

    Apr 08, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked with Sopra Steria about its work and capabilities around big data and analytics. The company has created a Data Science CoE (or Technology Stream in Sopra Steria’s terminology), which brings specialized services and expertise to the various in-country systems integration (SI) business units, focusing on its key accounts and bringing vertical knowledge. Sop[...]

  • HCL Technologies’ RPA Initiatives for Software Testing

    Mar 12, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      NelsonHall has commented several times on how vendors have been introducing AI into their QA/software testing activities; for example, to enhance defect analysis and prediction. We have talked less about the use of RPA because it did not seem to bring much innovation on top of what testing software products already offer. Testing software products have been around for over 20 year[...]

  • Expleo, the New Home of SQS, Invests in AI Offering

    Feb 22, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      NelsonHall continues to examine the AI activities of major testing service vendors. In the past 18 months, many testing service vendors have expanded their AI capabilities around analytics, making sense of the wealth of data in production logs, defect-related applications, development tools, and in streamed social data. We recently talked with Expleo with regard to its AI-related [...]

  • Amdocs Automates Chatbot Testing with BDD

    Feb 14, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      NelsonHall continues to explore how cognitive is reshaping software testing services, and here I look at how Amdocs is automating chatbot testing. The market is shifting from continuous testing to cognitive Over the last year, for many testing services providers, the focus evolved from creating continuous testing platforms (in the context of agile and DevOps adoption), to incor[...]

  • NIIT Technologies Adapts Data & Analytics Around Big Data & AI

    Jan 17, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      In a recent meeting with NIIT Technologies, we discussed how its Data & Analytics offering has been adapting, with a focus on developments around big data and AI. Here are the main talking points. Overcoming tool fragmentation One priority has been NIIT Tech’s Xpress Suite, one of Data & Analytics’ most popular offerings, which seeks to overcome the fragment[...]

  • Wipro’s Topcoder & The Future of Crowdsourcing

    Dec 19, 2018, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently had a briefing with Topcoder, an entity acquired by Wipro in 2016. Topcoder is known for its crowdsourcing capabilities and its extensive community network and recognized for the wide range of services it offers across several areas of technology services, with a focus on agile development, digital design, and algorithms/analytics. Topcoder’s four main operationa[...]

  • Infosys Testing: ML Initiatives & Autonomous Testing On the Horizon

    Nov 29, 2018, by Dominique Raviart

      Software testing services continue to show vitality in their adoption of tools to increase automation. One of the areas in which vendors are investing heavily is AI, not just leveraging AI to increase automation through an analytics approach, but also in testing of AI systems. Back in November 2017, we reported on how Infosys was expanding its testing service portfolio in the areas o[...]

  • Sogeti’s Strategy for AI & RPA in Testing

    Nov 26, 2018, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently caught up with Sogeti, a subsidiary of Capgemini, to discuss the use of AI and RPA in software testing. In testing, AI use cases are focusing on making sense of the data generated by testing and from ITSM and production tools. For RPA, adoption of RPA workflows and chatbots in automating testing services has to date been minimal. Continued investment in Cognitive QA[...]

  • Quality Engineering Becoming A Reality: TCS Launches Smart QE Platform

    Oct 26, 2018, by Dominique Raviart

      In our last testing blog on TCS in July 2018, we discussed the work TCS has conducted around UX testing and the introduction of its CX Assurance Platform (CXAP). In this blog, I look at the IP that TCS launched in mid-2018 addressing another feature of the digital world: DevOps and AI. TCS’ Smart QE Platform is built on existing TCS IP, including: NETRA – automat[...]

  • TestingXperts: Focusing on Next-Gen & Technical Testing Services

    Oct 23, 2018, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently caught up with TestingXperts (Tx), a software testing/QA specialist. Tx was set up in 2013 and has presence in Harrisburg, PA, London, and Chandigarh and Hyderabad in India. Revenues of Tx in 2017 were $15m, and its current headcount is 500. The model of the company is based on Indian delivery: currently, around 80% of its personnel are located in India, primarily in H[...]

  • Tech Mahindra Continues to Shift Performance Testing Portfolio Toward Next-Gen Services

    Sep 13, 2018, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked with Performance Engineering, a horizontal unit within Tech Mahindra and a growth story within the firm’s testing practice: the unit’s headcount has nearly tripled in the last four years to 1.2k. Part of this success relates to changes that Tech Mahindra has made to its service portfolio, which has expanded from a specialized testing offering (perfor[...]

  • Sopra Steria’s Digital Enablers Program: Increased Adoption & AI in Mind

    Sep 07, 2018, by Dominique Raviart

      While Sopra Steria may be known for its execution excellence and its investment in delivery industrialization, it had not really invested in creating accelerators and IP. Then, early last year it launched its Digital Enablers program with accelerators in mind. The company followed a slightly different approach to some of its peers in India, and initially focused on providing its d[...]

  • Rackspace Jump-starts its Salesforce Services Business with RelationEdge

    Sep 04, 2018, by Dominique Raviart

      NelsonHall recently caught up with managed cloud and hosting vendor Rackspace. We discussed Rackspace’s May 2018 acquisition of a Salesforce consulting and systems integration partner, RelationEdge, and how the acquisition fits into its plans. Who is RelationEdge? RelationEdge (RE) was founded in 2013, in San Diego, CA. The company is positioned as a business process reen[...]

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