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  • Securities Services Vendors Face Strong Headwinds as Downward Revenue Pressure Set to Accelerate in 2015

    Feb 05, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Q4 2014 results from the top five U.S. headquartered securities services firms indicate that revenue growth for securities and custody services is slowing down. The two largest global custodians, BNY Mellon and State Street, along with Citibank, reported revenue decline in calendar year Q4 2014. The figures below show change in securities services revenue versus the prior quarter (q/q[...]

  • IBM Cloud Infrastructure Investments Lead IBM Outsourcing Transformation

    Feb 04, 2015, by Rachael Stormonth

    Overall IBM Group revenues in 2014 declined 6% (-1% in CC and excluding divestitures). However, IBM is in the midst of a major adjustment of its portfolio. In line with this, the company is reporting $25bn in revenues (and 16% revenue growth) in 2014 (out of a total of $92.8bn) from its "strategic imperatives". IBM's acquisition of Softlayer, where it continues to invest strongly,[...]

  • CGI Q1 FY 15 Results: Claims A Strong Start to The Year, though Revenues Down in All Geos Apart from U.K.

    Feb 03, 2015, by Rachael Stormonth

    CGI CEO Michael Roach describes Q1 FY 2015 results as “strong”– and yet revenue was down in every region apart from the U.K. (putting aside the 0.9% CC growth in APAC to CDN$108.7m).  The 169% book-to-bill ratio achieved this quarter looks a lot less impressive when the CDN$2bn renewal with Bell Canada is excluded, when the global book-to-bill goes down to 90%[...]

  • Xerox Services: A Solid End to 2014; Can Look to 2015 with Confidence

    Feb 02, 2015, by Rachael Stormonth

    “A lot has happened in the last 90 days and overall we're pleased with where we ended the year. We're reporting solid results that in some places exceeded expectations” Ursula Burns. Q4 summary: Services revenue was $2,725m, up 1.5% y/ y, and up 3% in constant currency: BPO CC growth was 4% (up from 2% in Q3) with growth in commercial healthcare payer, electronic[...]

  • DevOps Testing: TCS Takes the IP Way

    Feb 02, 2015, by Dominique Raviart

    TCS has briefed NelsonHall on the recent launch of its DevOps related IP, Non-Production Environment Tracking and Release Automation (NETRA). With NETRA, TCS Assurance Services Unit (ASU), the main testing unit of TCS, is pursuing its strategy originated with Intelligent Testing Systems (ITS) to develop broad-reaching IPs, encompassing open source software, COTS, and TCS-developed accelerators.[...]

  • TCS in France: Think Local, Act Global

    Feb 02, 2015, by Rachael Stormonth

    TCS Globally: High Market Cap, High Brand Value With over $15bn in revenues in CY 2014 (and FY 2015 revenues likely to be in the region of $15.5bn) TCS is not only one of the largest, fastest growing and most profitable service providers but is now also a top 5 IT services player (*) on the global stage. And TCS is also the most profitable of the Top 5, with an EBIT margin currently tracking at[...]

  • ITO Spending Growth Dips Slightly & Bookings Flat in 2014, but Expect Improvement in 2015

    Jan 28, 2015, by Dominique Raviart

    This week NelsonHall held its quarterly IT outsourcing (ITO) Index webcast. We have conducted these calls for the last six years to monitor developments in ITO from a quantitative perspective. When we introduced the Index, ITO had largely moved from full outsourcing to a selective outsourcing approach, and Indian vendors were deploying their land and expand strategy with the occasional one-off meg[...]

  • HRO Predictions for 2015

    Jan 19, 2015, by Gary Bragar

    By Amy Gurchensky, Liz Rennie, Gary Bragar 2014 was a busy year for HRO with ~60 partnerships, mergers and acquisitions combined. We now take a look at what to expect in 2015 and beyond for each HRO service line, including service offerings, market developments, and growth. MPHRO driven by continued shift to cloud-based platforms The Multi-Process HRO (MPHRO) market will grow with a mi[...]

  • Tech Mahindra’s SOFGEN Acquisition Enhances Core Banking SI Capabilities and Drives Presence in Wealth Management

    Jan 16, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Tech Mahindra has agreed to acquire SOFGEN to enhance its core banking systems integration (build, run, operate) capabilities. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of March. Swiss-headquartered SOFGEN is a specialist in Avaloq and Temenos platforms and also has capabilities in TCS BaNCS and Misys. SOFGEN has 450 employees, including >70[...]

  • NelsonHall Launches NEAT Vendor Evaluation and Assessment Tool for Application Outsourcing

    Jan 14, 2015, by Dominique Raviart

    NelsonHall, the leading global BPO and IT outsourcing analyst firm, has today launched a new tool to assist strategic sourcing managers in assessing vendor capability in Application Outsourcing (AO) services. This NelsonHall Vendor Evaluation and Assessment Tool (NEAT) is now available to NelsonHall clients, and is also available for a period free-of-charge to buy-side organizations through Nel[...]

  • Honduras Making Strides as a Contact Center Delivery Location

    Jan 12, 2015, by Vicki Jenkins

    I recently visited San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with CMS vendor Alorica. This nearshore America delivery location offers a low cost, educated workforce with strong native neutral Spanish delivery, as well as emerging support for English and Portuguese. The country is in the process of making English its official second language. Honduras, and specifically the city of San Pedro Sula, have battled n[...]

  • Performance Engineering and Testing: Tech Mahindra Pushes on IP

    Jan 12, 2015, by Dominique Raviart

    Tech Mahindra recently updated NelsonHall on its performance engineering (TMPE) capabilities.  The comments below complement an article on TMPE we wrote in January (see here). TMPE, part of Tech Mahindra’s Testing Services practice, is in high growth mode, having increased its headcount from 450 in early 2014 to 800 currently. Much of this growth has been driven by cross-sell[...]

  • Software Testing: NIIT Technologies Investing in IPs and New Offerings

    Jan 08, 2015, by Dominique Raviart

    NIIT Technologies recently briefed NelsonHall on its testing capabilities. Headquartered in Noida, NIIT Technologies had FY 2014 revenues (ending March 31, 2014) of ~$389m, with an operating margin of 15.2%.  H1 FY 2015 revenues were ~$189m. Headcount at the end of H1 FY 2015 was 8.7k. The company is an unusual Indian Outsourcing Service Provider (IOSP) with a specialization i[...]

  • Atos Acquisition of Xerox ITO Business: the A to X

    Dec 19, 2014, by Rachael Stormonth

    In the early hours of this morning, Atos announced it is acquiring the IT outsourcing business of Xerox. Full details of the acquisition are here. Atos is ending 2014 with a bang. Having completed the integration of Siemens IT Solutions & Services pretty darned quickly (certainly far faster and more effectively than naysayers would have predicted), it has proceeded this year to the car[...]

  • Accenture Q1 FY15 Results: Continues to Build Momentum

    Dec 19, 2014, by Rachael Stormonth

    Accenture Q1 FY 2015 results are out today: 7.3% reported net revenue growth to $7,896m, operating margin at 15.0%. Full details are here. Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme opened the analyst call referring to an “excellent” first quarter and saying “I am extremely pleased with our results”. And here’s why: The 10% topline growth in local currency is the best [...]

  • Intuit Acquires Acrede to Expand Into Global Payroll Services

    Dec 17, 2014, by Gary Bragar

    Last week, U.S.-based Intuit acquired U.K.-based Acrede to expand into global payroll services. Terms of the acquisition were not provided except that closing is expected by Q1 2015. Inuit provides business and financial services, including accounting services to small and mid-size U.S. companies. Prior to the acquisition Intuit provided payroll solely to the U.S., and it will now be able to pr[...]

  • Tech Mahindra's Continued Partnership with CA: DevOps Testing

    Dec 12, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    Tech Mahindra Testing Services (TMTS) has updated NelsonHall on its DevOps capabilities. TMTS continues to work with CA Technologies around this offering, largely around service virtualization (SV), application release management (ARA) and together with other ISVs/open source software around agile testing/continuous integration (CI). (For more information on the offering, please refer to the pr[...]

  • EVRY To Be Taken Private by Apax Partners: Tieto Misses the Opportunity to Acquire a Company in Recovery

    Dec 08, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    EVRY has announced its largest shareholders, Posten Norgen and Telenor Business Partner Invest are to sell their shares (representing a combined 70.24% of capital) to Apax Partners. Apax Partners has secured an additional 3.15% of EVRY shares from Folketrygdfondet (Norway’s government pension fund) and is to launch a NOK 16 per share all-cash public tender. The tender values EVRY at ~$6[...]

  • Luxoft Analyst Day: Strong Growth, Mitigating Risk in CEE Delivery, Exposed to High Client Concentration

    Dec 02, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    NelsonHall recently attended Luxoft’s first ever analyst event in New York. Luxoft is a young company - it was founded in 2000 - that is enjoying very fast growth (20%-25% depending on the year). For its FY 2015 it has guided on revenue growth of at least 28% (of which 25% organic) and an adjusted EBITDA margin in the 17% to 19% target range. Luxoft is targeting $1bn in annual revenues[...]

  • NelsonHall Launches NEAT Vendor Evaluation and Assessment Tool for P&C Insurance BPO in the Automotive Sector

    Dec 01, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    NelsonHall, the leading global BPO and IT outsourcing analyst firm, has today launched a new tool to assist strategic sourcing managers in assessing vendor capability in Property & Casualty Insurance BPO for the automotive sector. The NelsonHall Vendor Evaluation and Assessment Tool (NEAT) for P&C BPO in the automotive sector is now available to NelsonHall clients, and is also available[...]

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