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  • Wipro’s Appirio One Year On: Investing in Digital Consulting, IP & Verticalized Offerings

    Jan 29, 2018, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently met with the senior management of Appirio, acquired by Wipro in November 2016, for an update on developments in 2017 and priorities for 2018. As part of Wipro, Appirio has been able to accelerate the development of its digital consulting units and its investment in IP and accelerators, working alongside Wipro’s industry units, and also to expand into other geographi[...]

  • 2018 M&A Outlook for IT Services: More of the Same or Bold Moves Ahead?

    Jan 10, 2018, by Dominique Raviart

      Here I look back at how M&A activity has impacted the IT services industry over the past year and make a few broad predictions for the type of activity to be expected in the next twelve months. 2016 had been marked by some large M&A announcements, with: Hardware companies moving out of services:  HPE announcing the sale of Enterprise Services to CSC (completed i[...]

  • Assystem Technologies' Acquisition of SQS: Scale Achieved, IoT Services a Major Priority

    Dec 19, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      In something of a surprise move, Assystem Technologies (AT) recently announced its intention to acquire Germany-headquartered but LSE-listed SQS. AT is offering 825 pence per share, valuing SQS at £281m, and has secured (on an irrevocable basis) 31.4% of the shares of SQS from founders, executive management, and board members. This is a generous offer - 56% over SQS’ shar[...]

  • Atos Makes €4.3bn Unsolicited Offer for Gemalto; Another Bold but Challenging Move

    Dec 13, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

    Atos has made an unsolicited offer for security, SIM cards, and payment cards technology vendor Gemalto. The offer is sizeable at €4.3bn (plus Gemalto’s net debt of €938m at end of H1 2017) financed in cash. It runs until December 15. Gemalto is another major acquisition for Atos: in its fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, Gemalto generated revenues of ~€3bn, with an EBITD[...]

  • Bold Move by Altran, Makes Largest Ever Acquisition in the ER&D Industry with Aricent

    Dec 01, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      ER&D vendor Altran yesterday announced the acquisition of India-centric Silicon Valley-headquartered Aricent. Altran will be paying $2.0bn for Aricent through a capital increase of €0.75bn, the remaining ~€1bn in debt. In the year ending June 30, 2017, Aricent had revenues of $687m and an EBITDA margin of 27.9%. This is a significant acquisition for Altran, streng[...]

  • CSS Corp Aiming to Automate Accessibility Testing

    Nov 17, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      CSS Corp recently briefed NelsonHall on the work it does around accessibility testing in the U.S. and about a suite of three accelerators it recently introduced for meeting the requirements of the U.S. American Disability Act (ADA) of 2010. What Is ADA? One of the aims of ADA is to make documents, websites and mobile apps more accessible to people suffering from visual, movemen[...]

  • Infosys’ Testing Practice Update: AI, Chatbots & Blockchain

    Nov 06, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently caught up with Infosys to discuss where its Infosys Validation Solutions (IVS) testing practice is currently investing. This is a follow-up to a similar discussion we had with Infosys back in July 2016 that centered on applying AI and making sense of the data that client organizations have (see here). Our most recent discussion looked at technologies such as AI, chatbo[...]

  • CSC to DXC Technology – Plus Ca Change…

    Oct 16, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      DXC Technology recently held an analyst day in the U.K., its first since being ‘born’ on April 1. It is still early days for this young organization and the integration continues (though there was little mention of this at the event). In its recent investor calls, DXC Technology has emphasized actions to strip out costs, apply financial discipline, and invest in next[...]

  • Office Depot Seeks to Reinvent Itself with Acquisition of CompuCom

    Oct 06, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      In a surprise transaction, Office Depot announced the acquisition of U.S.-based CompuCom, an end-user computer specialist. The price is significant: ~$1bn, including $750m in cash and 45m shares of Office Depot, with the seller, PE Thomas H. Lee Partners, owning 8% of the share of Office Depot. Despite revenues of $10.6bn, Office Depot has a market cap of just ~$2bn. With the acqu[...]

  • Wipro Converging its Crowdtesting Activities Around QaaS & Topcoder

    Oct 04, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

        I recently talked with Wipro about its crowdtesting capabilities. Here, Wipro has a different positioning and service portfolio from crowdtesting pure-plays, with a stronger focus on automation frameworks (with its mobile website and app testing framework), and access to mobile device labs. QaaS: an aggregation of testing offerings at scale QaaS is an aggregation of s[...]

  • RPA Can Benefit from Testing Services’ Best Practices & Experience

    Sep 08, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      This month, NelsonHall will publish its annual software testing services report, focusing this time on digital testing, DevOps, and agile testing services. The main areas of the study include: Mobile testing UX testing, which is quickly expanding from its regulation-led accessibility testing offering to usability testing DevOps/continuous testing, which reflects i[...]

  • Sopra Steria Launches Digital Enablers Program to Complement Solution Businesses & Attract Millennial Talent

    Aug 22, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently met with Sopra Steria to discuss the broad topic of intellectual capital and accelerators. We came away impressed with Sopra Steria’s approach that is both very new (launched early 2017) and also broader in focus than technical accelerators. Earlier this year Sopra Steria launched its Digital Enablers initiative. Digital Enablers has several aspects: creatin[...]

  • Cognizant's Testing Bets: Crowdtesting, Communities & Machine Learning

    Jul 18, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      Cognizant recently hosted NelsonHall in its mobile center of expertise in Grenoble, France, to discuss how it is expanding its Quality Engineering & Assurance (QE&A) practice. QE&A is a very significant practice within Cognizant - NelsonHall estimates that it represents over 14% of Cognizant’s global headcount. Unsurprisingly, digital, DevOps, and agile are [...]

  • Accenture Technology: Innovation-Led Application Services

    Jul 10, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      In the last few years Accenture has executed a wholescale reshaping of its portfolio towards what it terms ‘The New’ (digital-, cloud-, security-related services) and has managed to keep ahead of the pack in staying relevant. NelsonHall recently attended an event hosted by Accenture Technology on the theme of innovation-led applications services. Accenture Has Repivote[...]

  • Atos Refreshes Concept of Model-Based Testing with Launch of M-Frame

    Jun 01, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

    Atos recently briefed NelsonHall on M-Frame, IP the company has recently launched focusing on model-based testing (MBT) and integrating it with test data creation, performance, and security testing. M-Frame looks to remove several inhibitors that exist around MBT: complexity of the different MBT software tools, and lack of a business case for building and maintaining the UML diagrams used for MBT [...]

  • CGI Structures its Digital Manufacturing Activities, Launches CoE in France

    May 27, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      CGI recently briefed NelsonHall on its capabilities for the manufacturing sector and how it is addressing opportunities around digital manufacturing/Industry 4.0. CGI’s service portfolio for digital manufacturing addresses the manufacturing sector also other industries with similar needs around supply chain and distribution operations, including retail/distribution, and life[...]

  • Tech Mahindra Focusing on Automating Manual Testing with Agile in Mind

    May 19, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      There continues to be momentum in software testing, with many IT services vendors investing in automating different steps in the software development lifecycle (SDLC), notably through the creation of testing platforms. Platforms, involving the integration of open source software, COTS, and proprietary accelerators, are redefining the testing industry. Gradually, vendors are expanding[...]

  • HPE Unveils Pointnext Brand to Refocus its IT Services Capabilities

    Apr 18, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

    We recently talked to HPE Technology Services (TS) about its recent Pointnext branding campaign. Despite the divestment of its Enterprise Services unit, HPE has retained very significant IT services capabilities, provided through Pointnext. Technology Services is a sizable unit with FY16 revenues of ~$7.9bn (for the period ending 31 October 2016), and has a headcount of 25k across 80 countries[...]

  • Tech Mahindra's Push to Automate Performance Testing in the Context of DevOps

    Mar 23, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

    We have reported several times on the service offering of the Performance Engineering unit within Tech Mahindra’s Testing Services business. Tech Mahindra Performance Engineering (TMPE) recently briefed NelsonHall about its work in positioning performance engineering within DevOps through its CONPASS platform. Automating Performance Testing in the Context of DevOps One big element [...]

  • Digitalizing the Manufacturing Sector: A Close Look at Capgemini’s DM Strategy

    Mar 07, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently met with the head of Capgemini’s Digital Manufacturing unit to get a perspective on the challenges in manufacturing and how Capgemini is helping to address them. Digital Manufacturing (DM), one of Capgemini’s newer strategic offerings, is a virtual service line across Capgemini units, having both portfolio and delivery responsibility. So What Does Digita[...]

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