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  • 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[...]

  • 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[...]

  • 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[...]

  • 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[...]

  • 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[...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Accenture Invests Ahead of the Curve with Omni-Channel Testing Platform

    May 16, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    Accenture recently briefed NelsonHall on its new Omni-Channel Testing Platform (OCTP), an accelerator that sits at the intersection of Accenture’s Digital and Testing businesses. This is a reflection of the fact that software testing services are no longer confined to custom applications and COTS, but are now well integrated into the digital world, a process that started some three to four y[...]

  • M&A Activity (Part 3): Further Scale and Digital Remain Priorities in 2016

    Mar 31, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    In December 2015, we published two blogs about M&A activity in the IT services industry in 2015 (here are the links for Part 1 and Part 2). This blog examines M&A activity in IT services in Q1 2016 and sets our expectations for the rest of this year. In short, 2016 started off with a bang, with two very large IT services acquisitions announced in the first [...]

  • Sopra Steria 18 Months After Merger: Solid Financial Performance - But Still No Leverage of BPS or Offshoring in Continental Europe

    Mar 14, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    Sopra Steria announced recently its 2015 results (click here for more information on the recent results). The results contained a number of surprises. Our key take-aways from the results are discussed below. Strong Financial Performance in French Operations in Spite of Merger Credit is due to Sopra Steria’s management in managing the rapid turnaround of Steria France in spite of i[...]

  • TCS Bringing AI to Software Testing Automation

    Mar 08, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    TCS recently introduced 360 Degree Assurance (360), an AI-based IP, based on analyzing data gathered from several sources across the IT software development life-cycle. Current use cases cover defect root cause analysis and for test case optimization. 360 follows the introduction last year by TCS Assurance Services Unit (ASU) of NETRA, proprietary IP which helps automate the Dev-to-Ops cycle. N[...]

  • Limiting Input to the Digital Testing Conveyor Belt: IBM Emphasizes Combinatorial Test Design

    Feb 19, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    IBM Quality Assurance and Testing Services (QA&TS) practice recently briefed NelsonHall on its approach to managing test cases and on reducing the numbers of test case automation, beyond pair-wise testing. Before we jump into the details of IBM QA&TS’ offering, let’s step back for a few moments: software testing remains a very human labor-intensive activity. If we take a man[...]

  • NelsonHall Predicts 2% Growth in IT Services Spending in 2016

    Jan 25, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    NelsonHall is predicting 2% growth (in local currency) in IT services spending in 2016. This mild growth will be driven by project services (up 3%) while IT outsourcing will be up 1% and maintenance down 1%. Digital transformation services (see note & below) will drive growth (up 18%) along with software testing (still growing in low double-digit figures). 2016 Enterprise Spending in O[...]

  • RPA: What BPS Can Learn from Software Testing and DevOps

    Jan 25, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    For professionals involved in BPS activities, it might be a surprise that software testing (ST) shares a lot of similarities with BPS. Like many forms of BPS, ST is labor intensive – the largest software testing vendors now have up to 30k career testers and 20k has become the new norm. Like BPS, ST has adopted process improvement in a big way. And like BPS, ST is looking at process auto[...]

  • The Other Side of Software Quality: CISQ Issues Standards on Structural Software Quality

    Jan 05, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    CISQ and Structural Quality The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) recently made an announcement related to software quality. CISQ is a relatively young organization, founded in 2009 by Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute (the organization that initiated the CMM process standards) and a slightly lesser-known organization, Object Management Group (OMG), an IT standard t[...]

  • M&A Activity in 2015 (Part 1): $10bn to $15bn IT Services Vendors Drive Activity

    Jan 04, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    Reflecting slightly improved macro-economic conditions, 2015 was an active year for M&A activity in the IT services industry. The largest acquisition - for some years - was that of IGATE by Capgemini. And there was a large number of small to mid-sized transactions. When analyzing this active M&A activity, several findings are striking: In spite of all the intensive discu[...]

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