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  • WNS Acquires HealthHelp with a View to Doubling its Healthcare Revenues

    Mar 30, 2017, by Panos Filippidis

    On March 15, WNS announced its intended acquisition of HealthHelp, in what, at $95m, will be its largest acquisition to date. HealthHelp, founded in 1999 and headquartered in Houston, TX is a 400-FTE strong healthcare utilization management specialist. In many ways, the HealthHelp acquisition has much in common with WNS’ Value Edge acquisition. HealthHelp, like Value Edge, will become[...]

  • NIIT Technologies: Two New EVPs to Drive Digital & Platform Strategies

    Mar 28, 2017, by Mike Smart

    NelsonHall recently attended NIIT Technologies European Analyst & Advisor Forum in London. For those readers not familiar with the company, NIIT Technologies is a mid-sized Indian-headquartered services provider, generating annual revenues of ~$410m, of which around 48% from the U.S. and a third from EMEA. EMEA has dominated recent wins (50% of the order intake in the last quarter), and the co[...]

  • ADP Demonstrates Why Service is Core Differentiator

    Mar 28, 2017, by Gary Bragar

      ADP’s CEO Carlos Rodriguez began the company’s annual client conference, Meeting of the Minds, by talking about unprecedented challenges faced, including global talent needs, growing compliance burdens, and rising expectations. And though perhaps not the most original of messages, Rodriguez singled out service as the core differentiator that enables ADP to deliver positiv[...]

  • Application of RPA & AI Technologies in Learning BPS

    Mar 27, 2017, by Amy Gurchensky

      My colleague, Gary Bragar, recently discussed RPA and AI initiatives in HR, including payroll, recruiting, and learning. Within learning BPS, the majority of RPA investments have been made at a basic level within learning administration, specifically around training scheduling. For example, it previously took ~40 FTEs to manage the entire scheduling process for ~1k classrooms, includ[...]

  • A Lively Start to 2017 for Excelity Global as APAC Expansion Continues Apace

    Mar 24, 2017, by Pete Tiliakos

    Payroll in the Asia Pacific region continues to be a very active outsourcing market. NelsonHall’s 2016 payroll market analysis revealed that growth rates in the region are expected to achieve ~2x the overall market, while the multi-country payroll market is estimated to grow at ~4x the rate of the total market. Now two years on from its acquisition by Everstone Capital from Aon Hewitt[...]

  • Tech Mahindra's Push to Automate Performance Testing in the Context of DevOps

    Mar 23, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

    We have reported several times on the service offering of the Performance Engineering unit within Tech Mahindra’s Testing Services business. Tech Mahindra Performance Engineering (TMPE) recently briefed NelsonHall about its work in positioning performance engineering within DevOps through its CONPASS platform. Automating Performance Testing in the Context of DevOps One big element [...]

  • State of the Learning BPS Market: Focusing on Performance Objective Training

    Mar 21, 2017, by Amy Gurchensky

      NelsonHall recently published its latest market analysis report on learning BPS, which recognizes the evolution of the learning BPS maturity model from traditional training to integrated training, and now to performance training. Here, I take a look at this latest approach to learning BPS. Through the performance-driven approach, buyers seek one of five main objectives: [...]

  • Cohesive Portfolio & North America Central to Atos' 2019 Ambition

    Mar 17, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      Atos’ recent analyst and advisor day in Boston provided further details around the company’s three-year (2017-2019) growth ambitions that the company unveiled in November 2016. In a nutshell, Atos is targeting: CC/CS revenue growth of 2%-3% per annum (2016: +1.8%) An adjusted operating margin in the range of 10.5%-11.0% by 2019 (up from in 9.4% 2016). More he[...]

  • Consolidation & Growth of the German CMS Market: A Quick Look at Regiocom

    Mar 17, 2017, by Ivan Kotzev

    On 10th March, German energy BPS and ITO provider Regiocom completed the acquisition of customer management services (CMS) vendor SNT Deutschland to create a €230m provider focused on the German market. Here I take a closer look at the deal, and at the wider picture of consolidation and growth currently taking place in the German CMS market. An Energy BPS Specialist Regiocom G[...]

  • RPA & AI in HR Taking Off

    Mar 17, 2017, by Gary Bragar

    Robotic process automation and artificial intelligence (RPA & AI) in HR are at an early stage, though the clear signs are that vendors are beginning to make investments that are paying off for their clients. Here I take a look at recent RPA & AI initiatives in three areas of HR: payroll services, recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), and learning services. Payroll RPA [...]

  • BearingPoint: Innovating and Partnering to Reach €1bn Revenue

    Mar 17, 2017, by Mike Smart

    NelsonHall recently attended BearingPoint’s 2017 analyst summit in Le Village by CA, Paris. A key takeaway from the event was BearingPoint’s ability to partner with its clients and its partner network to drive innovation. Innovation Hubs Crédit Agricole, one of its largest clients in France, set up Le Village by CA in 2014 as an innovation hub to nurture startups, and not [...]

  • Atos' Banking Business Focuses on Digital Transformation Opportunities Where it has Unique Capabilities to Grow Fast

    Mar 16, 2017, by Andy Efstathiou

      Atos’ recent analyst event in Boston provided insight into its roadmap for 2017-2019. This note focuses specifically on its digital roadmap for the banking and financial services sector. While financial services is Atos' smallest industry segment (17% of 2016 revenues), it was Atos' fastest growing vertical in Q4 2016, delivering 10.6% organic growth v[...]

  • CSS Corp: Focused on Automating Enterprise Cloud Adoption for Consumer-Facing Clients

    Mar 15, 2017, by David McIntire

      CSS Corp. is a privately held Milpitas, CA-headquartered IT services and tech support vendor that NelsonHall estimates had revenues approaching $200m in FY16. The company has a new leadership team, many of whom are ex-Infosys, and it is now looking to expand beyond its core technical support offerings into the growing digital transformation and cloud migration market.  CSS Co[...]

  • Wipro & Automation Anywhere: Extending Beyond Rule-Based RPA into New Digital Business Process Models

    Mar 13, 2017, by John Willmott

      Wipro began partnering with Automation Anywhere in 2014. Here I examine the partnership, looking at examples of RPA deployments across joint clients, at how the momentum behind the partnership has continued to strengthen, and at how the partners are now going beyond rule-based RPA to build new digital business process models. Partnership Already has 44 Joint Clients Wipro initi[...]

  • Digitalizing the Manufacturing Sector: A Close Look at Capgemini’s DM Strategy

    Mar 07, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently met with the head of Capgemini’s Digital Manufacturing unit to get a perspective on the challenges in manufacturing and how Capgemini is helping to address them. Digital Manufacturing (DM), one of Capgemini’s newer strategic offerings, is a virtual service line across Capgemini units, having both portfolio and delivery responsibility. So What Does Digita[...]

  • Unisys’ Evolution Continues with Security, Industry-Specific IP & Analytics at the Core

    Mar 07, 2017, by John Laherty

      NelsonHall recently attended a Unisys analyst and advisor day in London. The tagline for the UnisysNOW event was Securing Your Tomorrow, with security taking a central role in the firm’s corporate transformation, along with a vertical-led go-to-market strategy, and analytics. Here I take a look at Unisys’ transformation to date, and at its future strategic direction. U[...]

  • NTT DATA Services: First Look at the Newly Married Couple

    Mar 07, 2017, by Rachael Stormonth

      In our blog last November (see here) at the time of NTT DATA Inc.’s closure of its acquisition of Dell Services, we summarized that Dell Services was a strategic but expensive acquisition for NTT DATA, and that while the former Perot Systems did not thrive as part of Dell, now it is part of NTT DATA Services it is back to being a services pureplay, also that the appli[...]

  • Benefits Administration Vendors Need to Demonstrate Expertise & Strong Technology to Win New Clients

    Feb 22, 2017, by Amy Gurchensky

    NelsonHall’s latest Benefits Administration Services NEAT vendor evaluation included customer interviews to ascertain current satisfaction levels and future expectations across a range of criteria. Below is a selection of some of the findings from our interviews with benefits administration customers.   Principal issues & operational priorities Some of the more prominent issue[...]

  • ADP Focuses on Employee Engagement & Talent Retention with StandOut

    Feb 22, 2017, by Gary Bragar

      Hiring is cited as one of the top challenges faced by CEOs in 2017, set against a backdrop of government and regulatory changes. However, it is effective performance management, including employee engagement leading to retention of talent, that will be key to enabling organizational success. Here I take a quick look at how ADP is approaching this with a recent acquisition. La[...]

  • SD Worx’s Acquisition & Partnership Strategy Paying Off

    Feb 17, 2017, by Pete Tiliakos

      Merger and acquisition activity in the payroll services market was relatively quiet in 2016, with most of the leading payroll providers focusing primarily on organic growth while investing in the development of new and enhanced solutions internally rather than on making big acquisitions. Also, vendors are continuing to establish strategic partnerships to bolster their delivery net[...]

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