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  • Tech Mahindra Launches Mainframe Application Development and Testing Service

    Oct 06, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    Tech Mahindra has launched Virtualized Mainframe Testing (vMT), a new service that offers clients savings on their mainframe application development and testing costs, especially for applications that are on a maintenance and enhancement/release mode. vMT mostly focuses on reducing consumption of MIPS. In the context of mainframes, reducing MIPs usage is a key lever for lowering costs, as IBM m[...]

  • Tieto To Cut 30% of its Telecoms R&D Services Unit

    Oct 02, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    Tieto is to cut ~900 to ~950 roles. 300 to 350 of the job cuts will be in Finland and the remaining 600 in APAC (China and India) and Eastern Europe (Poland and Czech Republic). The job redundancy program results from the decision by a major client, representing several percentage points of Tieto's revenues, to insource some of its R&D services. The financial impac[...]

  • Software Testing Spending Growth Accelerates in 2014

    Sep 15, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    TCS, Infosys and SQS have recently published their calendar Q1 and H1 2014 revenues, and provided financial details on their software testing revenues (see notes below). In calendar H1 2014 (all numbers below are constant perimeter NelsonHall estimates): TCS: revenues were ~+24% to ~$612m (H1 2013: ~+23%) Infosys: ~+21% to ~$395m (H1 2013: ~+15%) SQS: + 9% to €129m (~$174m) (H1 2[...]

  • Cognizant Acquires TriZetto to Add ISV Business to its Healthcare Business

    Sep 15, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    Cognizant is to acquire TriZetto, a healthcare ISV in the U.S., for $2.7bn in cash. TriZetto has a headcount of 3.7k (Cognizant at end of H1 2014: 187k.4). In its last 12 months, TriZetto had $711m in revenues and a non-GAAP operating margin of 18.4% (Cognizant in 2013: 20.6%). TriZetto LTM revenues breakdown by service/product line is: Payer software: 40% (~$277m) Consulting: 23% (~[...]

  • EVRY Sale Upcoming?

    Aug 29, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    EVRY has announced that it is considering strategic opportunities including a sale. EVRY is in theory an attractive target: the company has a sizable presence in a region with short- to mid-term growth potential: It is the largest IT service vendor in Norway ($1bn in revenues, excluding its financial services unit). Norway, with an economy that is heavily influenced by oil & ga[...]

  • Wipro ServiceNXT: Early Successes in Helping Win Large IT Outsourcing Deals

    Aug 21, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    Wipro has updated NelsonHall on its ServiceNXT initiative. ServiceNXT aims to increase productivity in both IT infrastructure management and application management contracts. ServiceNXT is based on: Usage of Wipro IP and recommended COTS tools across the client’s operation for various tasks including ITSM, change management, demand management, problem management Analytics, based on d[...]

  • T-Systems Elaborates on Dynamic Workplace Offering

    Aug 19, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    T-Systems recently updated NelsonHall on its virtual desktop service offering, Dynamic Workplace, its new brand name for Future Workplace, a virtual desktop offering introduced in 2013. T-Systems Dynamic Workplace was introduced to address client needs for virtual desktop and mobility overall, based on a centralized approach to applications and data. T-Systems with this offering has taken sever[...]

  • Sopra Highlights Application Management Capabilities Before Likely Merger with Steria

    Aug 12, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    Sopra recently updated NelsonHall on its application management (AM) capabilities. In 2013 Sopra generated ~€393m revenues from AM, or ~29% of its total revenues. The company is a top application management vendor in its domestic market, along with Accenture, Capgemini, Atos CGI, and IBM. Key AM clients of Sopra include Airbus, Orange, SFR, Crédit Agricole, EDF, Auchan, SNCF, BN Pariba[...]

  • CSC Explains its SAP Next-Gen Offering

    Aug 12, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    CSC recently briefed NelsonHall on its SAP Next-Gen offering, unveiled in June 2014. CSC’s SAP practice is relatively large within CSC (headcount 7.7k, ~10% of CSC’s overall 80k). CSC has recently engaged in a service portfolio refresh to increase its differentiation through more specialized SAP-related services. This differentiation relies on adoption of automation tools and enhanc[...]

  • Tieto Q2 2014 Revenues: Product Development Business Remains Problematic

    Jul 18, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    Tieto's Q2 2014 revenues were €386.4m, down 7.3% y/y, and down 1.3% y/y at constant currency. (for full details see here)  Q2 2014 revenue (and growth both on an actual and CC/organic basis) by service line was: Managed Services: €132m (+5%, +9%). Half of the CC organic growth this quarter resulted from hardware reselling as part of a large IT infrastruct[...]

  • TCS to Release V3 of Intelligent Testing System To Automate Full Testing Lifecycle

    Jul 10, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    TCS recently briefed NelsonHall on the intelligent testing system (ITS) it launched in April 2013 in an effort to automate tasks across the software testing lifecycle. It intends to  expand usage of test automation from test execution to include other tasks e.g. test design and test support services such as test data management and service virtualization. ITS integrates COTS tools e.g. Inf[...]

  • IT Outsourcing: Flat Growth is the New Growth

    Jul 08, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    In the world of IT services, professional services, e.g. consulting, systems integration and application development, are a cyclical business. Spending growth – or decline – depends very much on GDP growth, corporate moral and investment intentions. Professional services growth has varied since on a quarterly basis, since 2008, between -8% to +9%, on a worldwide basis. IT outsourcin[...]

  • Sopra To Acquire Convertible Bonds of CS to Strengthen Capabilities in Engineering Services

    Jun 06, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    Sopra and CS Communication & Systèmes, a French IT services vendor, have announced a multi-tiered agreement: CS is to proceed to a €12m convertible bond issuance (maturity 5 years, conversion price per share: €3.6; interest rate: 4%; delivery: July 2014). As part of this issuance, Sopra agreed with DUNA & Cie, th[...]

  • Bloomberg Reports Sprint and T-Mobile U.S. Close to Merger

    Jun 04, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    Bloomberg reports that Sprint and T-Mobile U.S.A. are close to a merger whereby Sprint would acquire T-Mobile U.S. for $40 a share (up 17% from the current $34), valuing the company to $31bn. Deutsche Telekom (DTAG), which holds a 67% stake in T-Mobile U.S.A., would receive 27.5% in cash, 27.5% in Sprint stock and retain a 12% stake in T-Mobile U.S.A. T-Mobile U.S.A. had 2013 revenues of $24.4b[...]

  • Tech Mahindra Elaborates on Service Virtualization and Release Automation Offerings

    May 28, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    Tech Mahindra Testing Services (TMTS) recently provided insights on the work it is doing to expand automation outside of test execution to newer areas. Part of the company’s rationale in increasing the level of automation is based on statistics showing testing teams suffer testing cycle delays regularly, representing 31% to 69% of their testing time. Testing delay result from a variety of[...]

  • Atos to Acquire Bull to Strengthen Big Data, Security and Cloud Capabilities

    May 26, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    Atos is to acquire France-headquartered technology vendor Bull for €620m in an all cash transaction. Atos offers €4.9 per Bull share, a premium of 22% over May 23’s closure price of €4.01. The offer is conditional on Atos receiving 50% and 1 shares. The largest shareholders of Bull, Crescendo Industries and Pothar Investments, which own a 24.2% stake in Bull, ha[...]

  • Capgemini Points to 5%-7% Organic Growth in Mid-Term

    May 23, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    Capgemini held its 2014 investor and analyst day this week. For the first time since the beginning of the 2008-2013 crisis, the company has talked about organic growth, a significant development on its focus in recent years on margin improvement. Capgemini’s guidance for 2014 is organic revenue growth of 2% to 4%. The company has now shared a mid-term target of 5% to 7% organic growth. This [...]

  • Sopra To Acquire Steria to Grow International Presence and Expand into BPO

    Apr 08, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    Sopra Group is to acquire Steria for an all-share transaction valuing Steria at €722m. The acquisition is presented as a merger of equals. Sopra's rationale for the acquisition includes: Expanding its geographical presence from France to the U.K., Germany and Norway Gaining a new service portfolio in BPO services and IM. Sopra is to launch a public exchange [...]

  • Atos Makes Bold Move with C&SI Reorganization: Prepares for Next Stage of Evolution

    Apr 04, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    NelsonHall recently attended an Atos analyst summit which provided a follow-up to the 2014-6 three-year plan first outlined last November (see our blog “Atos Unveils 2016 Financial Objectives”). As a reminder, the financial targets for IT services are: 2014-2016 CAGR of 5% with half of this growth to come from acquisition A 100 to 200 bps improvement in adjusted operating margi[...]

  • Computacenter Looks to Double Profitability, Grow IT Services Business

    Mar 24, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    NelsonHall recently attended Computacenter's second ever analyst and advisor day.  The company highlighted recent achievements, its connection with hardware and software reselling and its immediate strategic priorities. CEO Mike Norris referred back to 2002 and the acquisition of Compaq by HP, which led to it losing a major source of revenues and[...]

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