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  • IT Services Predictions: 2024 Will Be a Year of Transition

    Jan 11, 2024, by Dominique Raviart

      2023 was a year of disruption after the 2021-22 digital catch-up. As the year unfolded, IT services spending slowed down, initially in the U.S. in the financial services, telecom, and high-tech sectors. We expect 2024 to be a year of transition with a modest rebound in IT services spending, continued consulting interest in GenAI, a rebound in cloud infrastructure adoption after a [...]

  • Tech Foundations Update: A Multi-Year Transformation

    Dec 15, 2023, by Dominique Raviart

      The CEO of Atos’ Tech Foundations business recently updated industry analysts on its transformation program. We have commented about the turbulent period Atos Group is going through in splitting into two businesses (Tech Foundations and Eviden). The planned sale of Tech Foundations to Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky’s EP Equity Investment (EPEI) vehicle is going ahe[...]

  • NelsonHall Introduces Market Update as part of its Vendor Intelligence Program

    Nov 27, 2023, by Dominique Raviart

      NelsonHall recently wrote a PoV on the current disconnect between GDP growth and IT services spending[1]. In October 2023, the IMF refreshed its GDP growth predictions; these include better 2023 GDP growth in the U.S. (+2.1%) and Japan (+20%) than the U.K. (+0.5%) and the Eurozone (+0.7%). Unusually, the IMF's predictions are not in line with our observations of IT services spend[...]

  • Sopra Steria Articulates its Expectations for GenAI

    Jul 26, 2023, by Dominique Raviart

      Sopra Steria is the latest vendor to announce a significant investment in GenAI/LLMs and its incorporation into its software engineering platform (Ingine). We recently met with Mohammed Sijelmassi, who holds two roles at Sopra Steria: CTO and Digital Transformation Office. We discussed how Sopra Steria is deploying internally and helping clients externally with GenAI and LLMs. [...]

  • Cognizant Looking to Double its International Market Business

    Jul 07, 2023, by Dominique Raviart

      Cognizant's non-U.S. business, Cognizant Global Growth Markets (GGM), recently held an analyst and advisor day and discussed its regional priorities. New CEO Ravi Kumar has initiated a restructuring plan ('NextGen Program') to reduce Cognizant's cost base to fund investments. While Cognizant had guided on flat topline growth in 2023, Q1 saw a 9% y/y growth in LT[...]

  • TCS Takes Systematic Approach to Salesforce Verticalization with Crystallus

    Jul 04, 2023, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked with TCS’ Salesforce practice about its verticalization initiatives. Product verticalization has been one of Salesforce’s key strategies (along with Customer 360/cross-selling and geographic expansion) since 2014, when it launched its Industries business unit. Like SAP, Salesforce acknowledges that organizations spend time and effort customizing thei[...]

  • Atos’ Tech Foundations Accelerates its Transformation

    Jun 23, 2023, by Dominique Raviart

      Atos recently held its Capital Market Day for Tech Foundations. It is a year since the company announced its intention to spin off its high-growth units into a new company, Eviden, and keep its historic IT infrastructure services (and U.K. BPO capabilities) in an entity called Tech Foundations. Alongside the spin-off, Atos initiated a massive €1.1bn restructuring plan for Tech F[...]

  • IT Services Firms Turn to Portfolio Selectivity

    Jun 08, 2023, by Dominique Raviart

      The IT services industry has entered a new growth cycle, with increased emphasis on portfolio management and vendors increasingly divesting their low-growth, low-margin businesses. IBM was an early example of this trend with its Kyndryl spin-off. Several of its competitors are also following this pattern, including Atos. At the same time, in the Nordics, Tietoevry will go one step[...]

  • Qualitest Acquires Q Analysts to Address Emerging ‘AI-infused Device’ Market

    Apr 05, 2023, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked to Qualitest about its latest acquisition, Q Analysts, its sixth since 2019. Qualitest has been on an accelerated transformation journey under the ownership of PE BridgePoint. Q Analysts further strengthens Qualitest’s capabilities in next-gen digital QA, with expertise in testing AI-based devices such as AR/VR/MR headsets and generating data for training AI [...]

  • BT Merges Global & Enterprise Units to Simplify GTM and Save Costs

    Jan 13, 2023, by Dominique Raviart

      A New Focused Division  BT has announced the merger of its two ICT services units, Global and Enterprise, into a new division, BT Business. The new division will have pro-forma revenues of £8.5bn and an EBITDA of £2bn. The current CEO of Global will lead BT Business. With this move, BT wants to unify its B2B market and focus its capabilities on connectivity, u[...]

  • Tata Elxsi sees the Metaverse as the Evolution of AR in the Next Decade

    Jan 10, 2023, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked to Tata Elxsi, the engineering and R&D services vendor headquartered in Bangalore, India. We discussed where the adoption of AR/VR is currently among enterprises, how the metaverse differs from AR/VR, and which B2B use cases enterprises will prefer in the short to medium term. The current demand for virtual reality (VR) is primarily driven by the gaming indu[...]

  • Cognizant Drives Salesforce Marketing Cloud Specialization with Lev

    Jan 06, 2023, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked to Cognizant about its Salesforce Marketing Cloud capabilities. Within the Salesforce portfolio, Marketing Cloud, along with Commerce Cloud, is a high-potential product that will eventually outgrow the more mature Sales and Service Clouds. More than any other Salesforce product, Marketing Cloud has grown through M&A, notably ExactTarget (that came with B2B m[...]

  • Cigniti Develops iNSta on Automated Script Creation & Maintenance with High Potential

    Dec 12, 2022, by Dominique Raviart

      Software testing continues to be an industry of contrasts: the primary activity, functional testing, remains a human-intensive activity, despite the accelerated adoption of continuous testing (i.e., bringing functional automation as part of DevOps). But testing has also grown in a highly specialized set of activities, earning the name of Quality Engineering (QE), ranging from supp[...]

  • ValueMomentum Continues to Invest in Continuous Testing & Shift-Right

    Nov 24, 2022, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked to ValueMomentum about its QE approach to product-centric development and testing. The company is helping its insurance clients improve the quality of their applications using agile best practices and DevOps tools. In support of this, ValueMomentum has refreshed its automation approach and created a continuous testing platform articulated around design (shift-left)[...]

  • TCS Deploys SRE Services to Cloud Application Testing

    Nov 14, 2022, by Dominique Raviart

      TCS recently briefed NelsonHall on its approach to site reliability engineering (SRE) in the context of quality engineering (QE). SRE emerged almost a decade ago as part of the shift-right move, targeting production environments beyond traditional IT infrastructure activities such as services desk and monitoring activities. While no definition of SRE has fully emerged, TCS points [...]

  • NTT DATA to Acquire Apisero to Double its Salesforce Practice

    Nov 10, 2022, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked to NTT DATA about its pending acquisition of Apisero, announced last month. NTT DATA has been through significant changes recently with its merger with NTT Ltd. NTT Ltd. grouped a wide range of network and connectivity services, hardware and related services, data center hosting, IT infrastructure services, and resales. The resulting NTT DATA is now a giant with[...]

  • Infosys Structures its Sustainability Engineering Portfolio

    Oct 27, 2022, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked to Infosys about how its Engineering and R&D services portfolio addresses sustainability and the circular economy, given the strong client interest in sustainable product design. Infosys has accordingly evolved its sustainability engineering offerings from a series of capabilities into a portfolio that is articulated along three product lifecycle phases: des[...]

  • TCS Emphasizes Neural Manufacturing in Support of Digital Manufacturing Initiative

    Sep 21, 2022, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked to TCS about the company’s involvement in connected plants, TCS’ terminology for digital manufacturing. TCS has a broad connected plants portfolio, ranging from manufacturing IT systems, MES, Industry 4.0 and connected supply chain, to industrial control systems, and automation. The development of this portfolio currently emphasizes further specializ[...]

  • Testbirds Prepares for Hypergrowth

    Sep 02, 2022, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked to Testbirds, the largest Europe-headquartered crowdtesting firm, founded in 2012. We found Testbirds upbeat after the pandemic. The company had an excellent year in 2020, achieving revenue growth of 30% as organizations, challenged by closed offices, turned to Testbirds to conduct crowdtesting of their digital initiatives. This was followed by another excellent ye[...]

  • Cigniti Acquires RoundSqr to Accelerate its Digital Ambitions

    Aug 18, 2022, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked to Cigniti about its digital ambitions and its acquisition of RoundSqr. While remaining focused on quality engineering, Cigniti has quietly expanded its capabilities to RPA over the past three years. This extension is logical: RPA shares much with testing, relying on creating and maintaining bots or test scripts. This is the start: Cigniti has broad ‘digit[...]

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