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  • L&T Infotech’s Digital Customer Experience: Joining the Dots Across UX Testing

    Feb 16, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      In a previous blog, I looked at L&T Infotech’s efforts in automation, and in particular around data, from an analytics and test data management point of view (see the blog here). In this blog, I take a look at recent advances L&T Infotech (LTI) has made in User Experience (UX) testing that go way beyond traditional testing approaches. UX Testing Expanding to Crowd Te[...]

  • L&T Infotech’s Assurance Platform: Identifying Automation Gaps In Data-Related Testing

    Jan 25, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      NelsonHall has been advocating for some time that software testing services vendors should focus on automating full testing processes or testing functions, and no longer be solely focused on standalone accelerators/point solutions. This is commonly called a ‘platform’ approach, and we define platforms as pre-integrated/interfaced COTS, accelerators and open source softwar[...]

  • Software Testing: Agile & DevOps Bring Reality to Quality Assurance. Industrial IoT is Next Step

    Jan 25, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

    In the past ten years, we have seen most IT service vendors’ software testing divisions and the testing pure-plays rebadge from independent verification and validation (IVV) to quality assurance (QA) services. Vendors have been very active in expanding their service portfolio (non-functional, digital testing) and in leveraging IP and accelerators. Nevertheless, there still is a gap be[...]

  • 2017 a Year of Political Uncertainty; IT Services Spending Shift to Digital and Cyber Will Increase

    Jan 17, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      Here I take a quick look at IT services markets in 2017 against the backdrop of widespread political uncertainty, with predictions for how IT services spending will be impacted. Political Uncertainties in U.S., U.K., Germany, France 2017 is starting out as a year of political uncertainty, with lack of visibility in the U.S. on the Trump administration’s plans, in the U.K.[...]

  • M&A in Largest IT Services Vendors: Mega Deals Dominated in 2016; 2017 Will See Investments Focus on Digital & Security Tuck-Ins

    Jan 17, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

    M&A activity in IT services is set to take a new direction in 2017. Here, I reflect on M&A activity by the largest IT services vendors in 2016, with its emphasis on mega deals, and look ahead to 2017, which is set to be the year of digital & security tuck-in acquisitions. Large M&As in 2016: IT Conglomerates and Defense Firms Divest IT Services Arms Large-scale M&am[...]

  • Deutsche Telekom’s T-Systems Puts IoT at the Heart of its Digital Strategy

    Dec 16, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

      I recently talked with T-Systems about its digital strategy, and here I take a look at the organization’s Digital Division, and specifically at its Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives. Digital transformation is a strategic offering for T-Systems’ parent Deutsche Telekom group (DTAG). The company set up its Digital Division in 2015 with the intention of aggregating exp[...]

  • Dell Services: the Glue for "One NTT DATA" In North America

    Nov 03, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    Dell Services is a strategic acquisition, though an expensive one Yesterday, NTT DATA Inc. closed its acquisition of Dell Services, seven months after its initial announcement. The acquired entity, now called NTT DATA Services on an interim basis, has some obvious benefits. For example, it: More than doubles NTT DATA Inc.’s revenues from $1.7bn to over $4bn Significantly s[...]

  • Cigniti Launches Migrate 2 Selenium IP, Targeting Large Estates of HPE Test Scripts

    Oct 24, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

      Cigniti, and its subsidiary Gallop, recently launched Migrate 2 Selenium (M2S), a migration tool that reengineers automated test cases (test scripts) from software testing COTS such as HPE UFT, to open source software such as Selenium. The non-digital world uses commercial testing products Migrate 2 Selenium is not just another accelerator. We think the intention behind M2S, in[...]

  • How NIIT Technologies is Transforming Testing Activities for Agile Projects

    Oct 20, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

      NIIT Technologies is undergoing significant change with its software and software product testing services, reflecting the impact of agile projects for building digital applications. We recently spoke with the head of their CoE for Agile and DevOps to find out more. NIIT Tech Embedding Testing Work in Agile Development Activities The iterative nature of agile requires test[...]

  • SQS' Professional Services Transformation Almost Complete: Organic Growth Now In Sight

    Oct 13, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    We recently talked to Diederik Vos and René Gawron, respectively CEO and CFO of SQS, to reflect on SQS’ financial H1 2016 performance and on strategic initiatives. Service Mix Transformation Impacts Revenue Growth in H1 2016 On the surface, the performance of SQS in H1 2016 was mixed: revenues were up 10.9% y/y but flat at constant currency/perimeter (CC/CP); and an adjusted PBT[...]

  • Testing Platforms – The Emerging Opportunity to Commercialize Vendor Testing IP

    Oct 13, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

      In recent years, the software development life cycle has become increasingly automated as IT service vendors seek to drive greater efficiencies in software development and maintenance, and increase their ability to scale. This is true for testing as well as for wider software development support. Initially, as elsewhere, the increasing automation of testing was based on the develo[...]

  • Passbrains Expands Crowdtesting Offering to User Experience/UX

    Aug 23, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    To most non-testing experts, software testing services are a dull but necessary activity, whose main driver for growth has been the creation of testing factories in India. And yes, there is a significant element of this. At NelsonHall, we continue to be surprised by software testing service providers’ ever expanding service portfolio, the level of investment in proprietary accelerators t[...]

  • Tech Mahindra Accelerates into IoT Performance Testing for Connected Cars

    Aug 16, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    NelsonHall has reported previously on how Tech Mahindra is developing its performance engineering capabilities through its Tech Mahindra Performance Engineering (TMPE) practice. TMPE has transitioned its services portfolio from performance testing initially to performance engineering, shift-left, and production (see here), helping client organizations to take performance into account at the so[...]

  • Tech Mahindra’s Application Security Business Expands Offering, Targets Multi-Year Deals

    Jul 22, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    In an earlier blog, we described how Tech Mahindra had expanded its performance engineering testing to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT), and here we take a look at how the company is handling another area of non-functional testing: software security testing. Tech Mahindra provides security services through its Cyber Security practice, a horizontal line of business. The practice has a headco[...]

  • Virtusa Deepens its BFSI Testing Capabilities with Polaris Acquisition

    Jul 08, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    Earlier this year Virtusa acquired Polaris, now rebranded as VirtusaPolaris. Polaris was a mid-sized (~$300m revenue) ADM pure-play (it had spun off its Intellect software product unit in 2014) specializing in BFSI sectors (95% of revenues, NelsonHall estimate), in particular treasury and capital markets (~52% of revenues in Q4 FY 2016, the period ending March 31, 2016), corporate banking (~19%) a[...]

  • Rio 2016: How Atos is Helping the IOC Redeploy its Budget from Run to Digital

    Jul 08, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    Four years ago, at the time of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games, NelsonHall reported on the work Atos does for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) though its Major Events unit. See our previous commentary here. This week we visited its center in Barcelona to get an update on the work it is doing for the Rio Games starting next month, The Olympic Games remain a fantastic o[...]

  • IBM Cloud Computing: Hybrid, IoT, Cognitive ... and Video

    Jun 27, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    NelsonHall recently attended a cloud computing event hosted by IBM, its first such event in Europe since it introduced a new segment structure at its investor briefing in February. With this new structure in place, plus the recent addition of revenue disclosures for cloud from each segment, we were interested in the extent to which IBM is combining its relevant cloud capab[...]

  • Mindtree Invests in Testing Automation

    Jun 15, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    Mindtree recently briefed NelsonHall on its work in testing automation, in particular on its Dynamic Test Engineering Platform (DTEP) IP which the company launched in 2015. With DTEP, Mindtree is centralizing access to several IPs and accelerators and hosting them on the cloud or on premise. DTEP, which automates the testing life cycle, includes several elements: Test support services i.e. d[...]

  • Infosys Applying AI to Test Automation

    Jun 03, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    Infosys has briefed NelsonHall on several automation testing initiatives based on analytics, AI/machine learning and robotics. The software testing services industry continues to impress with its level of investment in IP and automation. Gone are the days when testing service vendors were talking about their testing frameworks and set of standalone accelerators and test case repositories. [...]

  • Tech Mahindra Explains its Pininfarina Majority Stake Acquisition

    May 31, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    NelsonHall recently had a discussion with the head of the Integrated Engineering Services (IES) unit of Tech Mahindra regarding its 2016 acquisition of Pininfarina (along with parent company Mahindra & Mahindra). Turin-based Pininfarina is an icon in the world of automotive design, having serviced the likes of Ferrari for 80 years. It is a company of relatively limited size (€87m in 2015 [...]

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