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  • Not Just About the Crowd: Crowdtesting Embraces Automation

    Jul 15, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      In the world of testing services, crowdtesting stands out. While efforts towards automation are accelerating in testing services/quality assurance (QA), the perception that crowdtesting is labor intensive and relies on communities of tens of thousands of testers seems at odds with this. This perception is no longer valid: the crowdtesting industry has changed. Managing crowdtestin[...]

  • Korn Ferry’s Spotlight on Talent Advisory

    Jul 03, 2019, by Gary Bragar

      I recently attended Korn Ferry’s RPO Client Advisory Forum, which was all about talent management. The theme was ‘unplugged’ and featured frank discussions about the RPO industry, including the challenges faced by the clients and service providers who attended from every region. Beyond RPO, Korn Ferry offers many complementary talent management services, includin[...]

  • The Characteristics of Successful Blockchain Deployments in Banking

    Jul 01, 2019, by Andy Efstathiou

      Blockchain has been a focus of technologists, VCs, and media pundits for several years now. However, to date, operational deployment remains minimal. Of all enterprises already working with blockchain, only a few percent have a scale operational deployment. Blockchain has seen three stages in its short history: Lab testing of the technology: 2014 to 2016. Key events include the[...]

  • DXC Supports BMW in its Autonomous Vehicle Journey

    Jun 28, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked to DXC Technology’s Analytics business line about its work with German premium car OEM BMW, its positioning in autonomous vehicles, and its differentiation strategy. BMW recently provided some light on the dynamics behind its Vision iNEXT autonomous car due to launch in late 2021. Vision iNEXT, BMW’s first autonomous vehicle, will offer Level 3 auton[...]

  • Capgemini Jumpstarts its ER&D Activities for €5bn!

    Jun 26, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      This week Capgemini announced its intention to acquire Altran in an all-cash transaction of €14 per share. The €5.0bn transaction, which includes €3.6bn in cash and Altran’s net debt of €1.4bn, provides a 30% premium over the last month. Capgemini has secured the 11% stake from Apax Partners and expects to close the acquisition by the end of 2019. The acq[...]

  • Will Crowdsourced Customer Service Get Solv(ed)?

    Jun 26, 2019, by Ivan Kotzev

      Crowdsourcing and different types of freelanced customer support models pre-date the current household names using these models in leisure and travel, personal transportation, and delivery services. Many of these early attempts died out because of poor business models, or remain effective today but in niche markets (e.g. gaming) or on a small scale (e.g. U.K. mobile network, giffgaff[...]

  • IT Service Buyers in 2019: Four Key Trends

    Jun 24, 2019, by David McIntire

      NelsonHall has recently completed compiling and analyzing data from a survey of over 1k IT services buyers globally. This research is being published in a series of sector reports (all are available to subscribers here), spanning the 18 sectors analyzed, with geographic breakdowns incorporated within each. While completing these individual reports we noted several themes that were[...]

  • PeopleScout: Improving Employer Branding, Driving Global Growth

    Jun 20, 2019, by Gary Bragar

      Last week I attended PeopleScout’s annual client NEXT Talent Summit 2019. In the keynote address, President Taryn Owen noted that this event marked one year since its acquisition of TMP to strengthen its global RPO and talent advisory capabilities. TMP, which operated in the U.K. under the brand name TMP Worldwide, provides employer branding, recruitment marketing, and RPO serv[...]

  • Digital Workplace Services Driving the Employee Experience

    Jun 10, 2019, by John Laherty

      NelsonHall recently completed an in-depth analysis of advanced digital workplace services (DWS). This blog looks at some of the key findings from this research, in which we spoke both to leading IT services vendors and clients of their services. Changing workforce expectations are driving DWS transformation Organizations are deploying digital workplace services to improve produ[...]

  • Democratizing RPA through the Connected Entrepreneur Enterprise

    Jun 03, 2019, by Mike Smart

      Following on from the Blue Prism World Conference in London (see separate blog), NelsonHall recently attended the Blue Prism World conference in Orlando. Building on the significant theme around positioning the ‘Connected Entrepreneur Enterprise’, the vendor provided further details on how this links to the ‘democratization’ of RPA through organizations. [...]

  • WNS’ Healthcare Business & Approach to Transformation

    Jun 03, 2019, by Sven Lohse

      Dozens of influencers recently attended the WNS U.S. Influencer Day in New Orleans, where the theme was 'Co-create to Outperform’. Through general overviews of its approaches and through client presentations, the company provided insight into its recent success and its future plans. The backdrop for the conference was cheery, buoyed by 7% annualized growth over the prior fi[...]

  • TCS Research & Innovation: Balancing Horizons to Drive Client Value

    May 29, 2019, by David McIntire

      At the recent TCS Innovation Day held in New York, NelsonHall had an opportunity to talk to TCS about how it approaches its research and innovation function, balancing longer-term open-ended research and more immediately applicable innovations to evolve how it delivers services. (For more on the event itself, see the blog by Andy Efstathiou here). TCS has developed an overall appr[...]

  • Seizing the Automation Opportunity: Alorica’s Automated Discovery Process

    May 28, 2019, by Ivan Kotzev

    One of the first stumbling blocks of business process transformation is identifying meaningful automation opportunities. A typical process will have a management consultant, system expert, or Lean Six Sigma specialist to monitor manual processes for a set time, collect performance data, and make recommendations. Companies supplement this assessment with executive ideation sessions, operational[...]

  • IPsoft Looks to Reduce Time to Value While Increasing Return on AI

    May 20, 2019, by John Willmott

      NelsonHall recently attended the IPsoft Digital Workforce Summit in New York and its analyst events in NY and London. For organizations unfamiliar with IPsoft, the company has around 2,300 employees, approximately 70% of these based in the U.S. and 20% in Europe. Europe is responsible for aproximately 30% of the IPsoft client base with clients relatively evenly distributed over the s[...]

  • TCS Focuses on Human Challenge to Drive Enterprise Digital Transformation

    May 16, 2019, by Andy Efstathiou

    NelsonHall recently attended the TCS Innovation Forum 2019 in New York. The forum demonstrated clear progress in TCS’ thinking and approach to Business 4.0 since last year’s conference – TCS has identified human engagement and buy-in with the principles of Business 4.0 as critical to successful implementation and value realization in business transformation. And human buy-in [...]

  • Accenture’s Zoran Tackles Digital Identity Failings

    May 09, 2019, by Mike Smart

      NelsonHall recently visited Accenture at its Cyber Fusion Center in Washington D.C. to discuss innovations in its cyber resiliency offerings and the recent launch of its new digital identity tool, Zoran. Failings of existing role-based access (RBA) Typical identity and access management (IAM) systems control users’ access to data based on their role, i.e. position, compe[...]

  • EY Becomes a Services Delivery Orchestrator with wavespace

    May 08, 2019, by Andy Efstathiou

      NelsonHall recently attended the EY Global Analyst Summit in Boston. EY has grown its revenues at 8.5% CAAGR over the past five years, while investing heavily in technology and adapting its business model to become an IP-based services vendor rather than a provider of pure labor-based services.  Here I take a quick look at EY’s wavespace offering and how it is being use[...]

  • Safeguard Global Fuels its Future with Acquisition of Workfor

    May 08, 2019, by Pete Tiliakos

      This past week I had the opportunity to attend a private event hosted by Safeguard Global at Crewe Hall in the U.K., where the company celebrated its continued success in the global payroll space and made a major announcement that aims to fuel the company’s continued growth and support its vision for enabling simplified, compliant global expansion for multinational businesses. [...]

  • Atos: Verticalization Key to New 3-Year Plan

    May 08, 2019, by Rachael Stormonth

    Atos’ global analyst event in Boston in April came just a few weeks after its launch of a new 3-year plan ‘Advance 2021’ (Atos Digital Value Advancing Customer Excellence) about which we have written here. Key to Atos’ mid-term and longer-term growth is the effectiveness of its drive to align its operating model to be more industry and client focused. As such, we wer[...]

  • Concentrix VOC: Measuring CX Transformation

    May 03, 2019, by Ivan Kotzev

    Despite the evolution of contact center technology (think conversational AI), the spread of digital channels (think smart speakers), and the dramatic change in the ways companies interact with customers (think mobile-first), the industry KPIs for measuring the impact of these transformations remain limited. CSAT, NPS, and more recently, Customer Effort Scores (CES) measure different elements o[...]

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