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

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 data from ITSM applications, including number and categories of tickets, incidents, problems and nature of tickets (i.e. applications or data). This data analysis is used for root cause analysis and to help predictive and prescriptive maintenance, and to identify incident patterns
  • Adoption of Wipro best practices e.g. preventive maintenance through pro-active event monitoring and event correlation; automation of repetitive tasks; usage of KM tools
  • Consulting services to perform root cause analysis in the case of events, across applications and IT infrastructures
  • Monitoring of several key business processes and of the underlying applications, IT infrastructure and networks to quickly identify where problems lie. Wipro has developed its business level agreements (BLA) approach, where the company is taking some for responsibility for the availability of business processes: such responsibility ranges, depending on client requirements, from monitoring flow of data exchange across applications (and informing clients) to, in the next future, being responsible for application availability (provided Wipro also manages IT infrastructures.)

Launched in May 2013, Wipro continues to enhance ServiceNXT. Additional features that have been added include:

  • Insightix: Wipro has built on its existing analytics service based on data collected from ITSM and other tools. With Insightix, Wipro aims to identify applications and IT infrastructures that are costly to support (as measured in tickets and other events)
    - The service comes an application portfolio management approach to link application cost (in terms of support) with their importance to end-users and lines of business
  • DevOps: in the context of agile projects with very frequent releases, Wipro has selected tools from HP (QC and QTP), IBM (Jazz) and Microsoft to automate testing (HP), deployment to UAT, and put into production of new releases
    - Wipro is putting a lot of emphasis on developing its DevOps approach as it is finding that 30% of new ADM project are agile-centric
  • BLAs: as part of one engagement with an energy client , Wipro has worked on identifying several processes, including daily process milestones for energy trading and monthly closing milestones. Expand on its custom work with this specific client, the company is also capturing process knowledge, which it wants to offer as an accelerator to clients. Examples of such business processes include:
    - Retail stores: customer order fulfillment
    - Health insurance: percentage of claims auto adjudicated
    - Across industries: on-time invoice processing; on time delivery of spare parts; on time closure of predicted stock out.

Wipro believes that ServiceNXT has been instrumental in wining 14 contracts for a combined TCV of $1bn in the past 10 months. Two contracts stand out: Carillion (construction, U.K., 10-year, February 2014)) and Corning (manufacturing, U.S., May 2014,).

In the case of Carillion, Wipro has taken over the full IT including applications and IT infrastructures and some level of BPO work (F&A, back-office, HR, and sales administration), from a U.S. centric incumbent. The priority of the contract is to drive further cost savings, which Wipro is doing through the rollout of ServiceNXT across business to drive standardization and productivity. In the mid-term, once the transition is over, Wipro is to work with the client on a BLA approach to monitor key business processes. It is also to drive more synergies with ServiceNXT (used for ITO) and the BPO productivity framework used by Wipro’s BPO operations.

The Corning contract is IT infrastructure services-centric with some application management activities around SAP Basis. The priority for the contract is to drive cost savings through deployment of ServiceNXT across business units.

Wipro positions ServiceNXT for managed services contracts and with contract lengths of at least three years. Overall, Wipro is finding ServiceNXT fits contracts where it is taking over responsibility from the client to manage applications and IT infrastructures.

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ServiceNXT is an example of a new offering which applies a number of levers to substantially reduce the cost to serve in large IT infrastructure management and/or applications outsourcing contracts, while also focusing on the delivery of business-oriented benefits to clients. Several vendors have refreshed their offerings significantly: in the case of Wipro, ServiceNXT is a brand name for a productivity effort that the company has been pursuing for several years. With applications contracts, ServiceNXT is focused on run-the-business services as opposed to change-the-business services embedded in a multi-year contract. This shows that productivity improvements can still be found at the support and run level.

An increasingly common feature in ServiceNXT and other vendor offerings is the business process approach, in this case with its BLAs, where it monitors key business processes of a given client. At the moment, only a handful of vendors are currently on this path, but this approach is likely to become more widespread, at least in the larger vendors. Wipro is investing in building some level of pre-defined scenarios to accelerate adoption of business process-led AM services.

With ServiceNXT, Wipro is building its analytics approach to the application level, as opposed to a set of applications. Again, this is part of a long-term where several vendors, but far from all, are now adopting a single application view of application management. This is important as understanding at the application level paves the way for application-specific SLAs and analysis.

All in all, Wipro with ServiceNXT is one of the leaders in productivity improvements around AM and ITO.  It appears to have boosted Wipro’s success in securing very large outsourcing contracts.

NelsonHall recently published

  • An analysis of the application outsourcing capabilities of Wipro
  • An updated Key Vendor Assessment of Wipro, which looks at various initiatives to boost revenue growth and increase the number of very large accounts.

For more information on either, please email [email protected] 

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