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  • HGS Turns to Sheila & Veronica to Help Enhance the Digital Customer Experience

    May 30, 2017, by Ivan Kotzev

    NelsonHall recently attended the HGS Analyst and Advisory Summit in NYC. The event combined client perspectives with an update on the company’s healthcare business, a review of the latest offerings within its DigiCX suite of digital services, and discussion of the changing nature of customer experience (CX). Optimizing the healthcare payer member experience In 2015, HGS acquired a [...]

  • Augmented Humans Will Expand the Digital CX Frontier: Lessons from Sitel Summit

    May 23, 2017, by Ivan Kotzev

      Last week, NelsonHall attended the Sitel Summit in Miami. Titled ‘Expanding the Digital CX Frontier’, the event was an opportunity for Sitel to update the analyst community on their new structure, introduce new senior executives, show its new global HQ, and share first-hand experiences of successful CX digital journeys. From contact center company to a group of global[...]

  • WNS Brandttitude: Serving Marketers with Advanced Brand Analytics

    Apr 26, 2017, by Ivan Kotzev

      While Facebook banks on the smartphone camera to digitalize offline relationships, and sales people use Snapchat to sell real estate, the main challenges for marketers to reach this level of interaction are structural – how to visualize huge amounts of disparate data to get actionable insights fast at a granular level. Here I take a look at how one CMS vendor, WNS, is tackling [...]

  • Consolidation & Growth of the German CMS Market: A Quick Look at Regiocom

    Mar 17, 2017, by Ivan Kotzev

    On 10th March, German energy BPS and ITO provider Regiocom completed the acquisition of customer management services (CMS) vendor SNT Deutschland to create a €230m provider focused on the German market. Here I take a closer look at the deal, and at the wider picture of consolidation and growth currently taking place in the German CMS market. An Energy BPS Specialist Regiocom G[...]

  • CMS in Bulgaria: TeleTech Explores Multilingual Skills & Aims to Move up the Value Chain

    Jan 31, 2017, by Ivan Kotzev

      Last month, NelsonHall visited TeleTech’s delivery center in Sofia, Bulgaria, to discuss the company’s main European operations and the advantages and challenges of Bulgaria as a customer management services (CMS) delivery destination. From Sofica to TeleTech TeleTech acquired a local provider, Sofica Group, in 2014 and rebranded it in 2016. Sofica was one[...]

  • CMS in 2017: Delivery & Transformation and Industry-Specific Predictions for the Year Ahead

    Jan 13, 2017, by Ivan Kotzev

    by Vicki Jenkins & Ivan Kotzev NelsonHall’s principal Customer Management Services analysts take a look at how the CMS market will shape up in 2017, with predictions for CMS delivery & transformation from Ivan Kotzev, and industry-specific predictions from Vicki Jenkins.   1. CMS Delivery & Transformation Predictions For CMS, 2016 marked a substantial shift i[...]

  • Sykes’ Clearlink: Selling in the New Digital World

    Dec 08, 2016, by Ivan Kotzev

      Three watershed moments in online sales and support happened in November and went somewhat under the radar. At the beginning of the month, StatCounter reported that mobile surpassed desktop browsing for the first time at a global level. Then for the Singles Day in China, e-commerce retailers JD and Alibaba not only announced record sales, but the latter opened up the event internatio[...]

  • Alorica Aims for CMS No. 1 Spot in U.S. with Bets on LATAM & CX Transformation

    Nov 28, 2016, by Ivan Kotzev

      NelsonHall recently attended Alorica’s analyst day in Guatemala City for an update on strategic developments. Here I take a look at how Alorica’s EGS integration is progressing, at the company’s U.S. nearshore strategy from LATAM, and at plans to drive CX transformation through consulting and analytics. EGS acquisition: a path to the global CMS top 3 As we covered[...]

  • South Africa and CMS BPO Services: The Importance of Conversational Skills

    Oct 25, 2016, by Ivan Kotzev

      Last week, NelsonHall attended the latest BPM Summit in Cape Town organized by BPeSA (Business Process enabling South Africa), the official trade body for the outsourcing and contact center industry in the Western Cape. The event provides an opportunity for potential investors, analysts, providers, and government officials to interact. Here I take a look at the appeal of South Africa[...]

  • CMS Takes Center Stage for Conduent, the New Face of Xerox Services

    Oct 05, 2016, by Ivan Kotzev

      From January 1st 2017, Xerox will separate its business process services (BPS) business into a public company called Conduent (trading under the ticker CNDT on NYSE). Conduent will have approximately ~$7bn revenue and over 96k employees. I recently spoke with Chuck Koskovich, Executive Vice President Customer Care Services at Xerox Services, about the implications of the split o[...]

  • CSS Corp’s Enterprise Product Lifecycle Support: Integrating CX with Product Development

    Sep 15, 2016, by Ivan Kotzev

    The explosion of connected devices and IoT products promises a greater volume of technical support interactions and increased customer demand for proactive and always-on assistance through the lifecycle of a product. In turn, these requirements force customer experience (CX) providers to be involved with the product manufacturers at new levels, participating in development and testing, sales g[...]

  • Analytics are the Key to Disruptive Customer Experience

    Sep 08, 2016, by Ivan Kotzev

    Over the last few months, I have held discussions with a number of leading customer management services (CMS) vendors and their clients regarding the increasing need for advanced analytics to drive step changes in customer experience (CX). Here, I reflect on the changing role of analytics as they take centre stage as the key to disruptive CX. How times have changed When I first participa[...]

  • Teleperformance Forays into Interpretation Business with $1.5bn Acquisition

    Aug 23, 2016, by Ivan Kotzev

    On 22nd August, Teleperformance announced the acquisition of interpretation services provider LanguageLine Solutions (LLS) for $1.52bn. LanguageLine was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Monterey, California. In 2015 it had revenues of $388m and adjusted EBITDA of $147m, and the company is expected have revenues of between $400m and $450m in 2016. It has ~8k interpreters, 92% of whom&[...]

  • Sitel Presents its CX Vision Nine Months After Acquisition by Acticall

    Jul 18, 2016, by Ivan Kotzev

    NelsonHall recently attended Sitel’s European Customer Day in Paris. The event was an opportunity for Sitel to update the analyst community on the progress it is making with company restructuring following its acquisition by French BPO vendor Acticall, and to present to its clients and stakeholders a vision of the future – not just for contact center outsourcing, but for customer e[...]

  • Concentrix to Acquire Minacs in Latest Big M&A Deal to Rock the CMS Top 10

    Jul 12, 2016, by Ivan Kotzev

            Yesterday, SYNNEX Corporation, the $13.3bn parent company of Concentrix, announced it is acquiring Minacs for $420m. The acquisition brings approximately $400m of revenue and $0.53 per share non-GAAP earnings. Minacs adds to Concentrix ~ 21k employees, 15k seats and 35 centers in Canada, U.S., India, LATAM, Europe, and the Philippines. The combined Concentrix/M[...]

  • Driving Sales with CMS Analytics at Firstsource Mumbai

    Jun 24, 2016, by Ivan Kotzev

    The traditional inbound phone sales process is giving way to a multichannel environment, where the customer is in control – usually visiting the company website first and expecting to connect with a sales rep immediately, more commonly over webchat, and then deciding on a purchase. The challenges for customer service teams are two-fold: Training agents to sell via chat, with all the re[...]

  • Evolving a CMS Client Relationship: A Sutherland Case Example

    Jun 16, 2016, by Ivan Kotzev

    Increasing emphasis on improved customer experience is driving customer management services (CMS) outsourcing deals to evolve, with vendors providing domain expertize, analytical insights, transformational capabilities, and access to new channels/technology across the entire contract duration. On the client side, this translates into working with fewer vendors sourcing multiple functions and geogr[...]

  • Sitel Chennai: Improving Processes & People for Enhanced Customer Experience

    May 25, 2016, by Ivan Kotzev

    NelsonHall recently visited Sitel at their contact center in Chennai to experience operations at first hand and to discuss the evolving CMS outsourcing industry. Only five months ago, in December 2015, the South Indian floods hit Chennai and access to the Sitel center was blocked. Over 70 employees stayed behind in the office at Ramanujam IT Park, where the company provided beds and food, while tr[...]

  • Chatbots Are Back & Here to Stay

    Apr 19, 2016, by Ivan Kotzev

     2016 can be officially declared the year of the chatbot. For  the last few months the amount of attention from the media,  and from developers and venture capitalists, has turned chatbots from an ordinary customer service tool to a hyped  technology, tipped to replace apps and become the all-  encompassing digital interface  between customers and  brands. A[...]

  • The Renaissance of Self-Service: Are CMS Vendors Ready?

    Mar 24, 2016, by Ivan Kotzev

    Self-service has long been part of the customer service mix, dating back to user manuals, and progressing to the first IVRs, website FAQs, and experience sharing communities such as Amazon Help. Even though self-service support has a wide range of benefits and savings for consumers and businesses, its adoption has been slow – due partly to technological limitations, and to a tendency to use [...]

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