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  • Capgemini’s Sogeti Positions QE in the World of IT Sustainability

    Jul 11, 2022, by Dominique Raviart

      There is a big divide between IT sustainability and quality engineering (QE). In IT, sustainability is emerging from a carbon emission niche, expanding from a consulting to an execution phase. In QE, the focus remains primarily on functional automation with continuous testing/DevOps and AI as primary drivers. In short, the two have little in common. As such, we had not anticipated[...]

  • NTT Combines NTT DATA & NTT Ltd., Streamlining ICT Operations

    Jun 16, 2022, by Dominique Raviart

      NTT DATA recently announced the long-planned merger of its international business with NTT Ltd., the overseas ICT unit of Japanese telecoms giant NTT. The combined NTT DATA and NTT Ltd. will have revenues of ¥3.5tn (~$26.2bn) and 180k personnel. With this move, NTT unites its two ICT units into a single entity, driving its vision of One NTT. The merger will remove some overlap[...]

  • Atos Announces Major Restructure: Analysis

    Jun 15, 2022, by Dominique Raviart

      On June 14, 2022, Atos announced the unexpected separation of its IT infrastructure services unit, Tech Foundation, from its BDS and Digital units. With this move, Atos has aggregated its high-growth and high-profitability units into a new company, Evidian. Its infrastructure services capabilities will stay in legacy Atos, with the objective of stopping the revenue decline and improv[...]

  • Amdocs Looks to Reinvent Agile QA

    May 04, 2022, by Dominique Raviart

      The world of quality assurance (QA) is continually evolving, alternating between cycles of centralization and decentralization. QA became part of testing CoEs in the 2000s, driving process standardization, test coverage and automation. More recently, in its latest organizational model, it has become part of the agile development structure and is spread across agile projects. Quality [...]

  • 2022: A Bumpy Year for IT Services Spending

    Apr 07, 2022, by Dominique Raviart

      NelsonHall is currently updating its bi-annual IT services forecasts, and here’s a quick look at some of the headlines for 2022. COVID-19 no longer a threat to IT services spending growth The world has evidently changed since our November 2021 update. The pandemic now seems largely under control, despite spikes in China. India, the world’s IT services hub, is gradua[...]

  • TMMi Foundation Accelerates Development & Refreshes Model

    Feb 11, 2022, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked to Erik van Veenendaal, the head of the TMMi Foundation, which promotes the TMMi QA process improvement methodologies. TMMi Has Become A Widely-Accepted Methodology for Test Process Improvement Founded in 2005, the TMMi Foundation is a not-for-profit organization focused on improving corporate test processes. It launched its TMMi methodologies at a time when [...]

  • TCS Challenges Foundation of Functional Testing with 'One Automation Ecosystem'

    Feb 07, 2022, by Dominique Raviart

      The software testing/QA industry relies on three steps for functional testing: Defining test requirements (what do I need to test?) Test case creation (creating detailed instructions) Test scripts (using these test cases to develop scripts operated by a functional test execution tool, e.g., Micro Focus QTP, Tricentis Tosca, and Selenium Grids). Broadly, these three ste[...]

  • Expleo Accelerates Application Security Testing with AI & On-Demand Digital Offering

    Jan 20, 2022, by Dominique Raviart

      DevSecOps Emerging Application security testing has been part of functional testing for many years without being a significant investment topic. Organizations have typically favored functional testing automation while moving to agile/continuous testing; they have considered application security testing as an afterthought. With the increased emphasis on cybersecurity, applicatio[...]

  • Atos Issues Profit Warning: Analysis

    Jan 10, 2022, by Dominique Raviart

      Dominique Raviart gives his reaction to today's announcement by Atos, who issued its second profit warning in seven months.[...]

  • IT Services in 2022: Entering A New Growth Phase

    Jan 06, 2022, by Dominique Raviart

      Here’s how NelsonHall expects the IT services market to shape up in the year ahead. IT spending will be sustained in 2022 Organizations quickly resumed their IT service spending in 2021: after a decline of over 3.4% in 2020, IT spending rebounded in 2021, reaching 6.9% year-on-year growth (of course, against a soft compare). We are predicting growth of 5.5% in 2022. IT[...]

  • Atos: Using AI for Salesforce Progression Testing

    Dec 21, 2021, by Dominique Raviart

      Since its creation, the software testing services industry has focused on regression testing, i.e., ensuring that previously developed software still runs after a new build. Regression testing is the core of all QA activities and has been widely adopted as part of multi-year managed services contracts. The financial services industry, with its extensive application estates updated by[...]

  • Qualitest Prepares for Further Inorganic Growth & Sector Specialization

    Sep 13, 2021, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently spoke with Qualitest, the world’s largest QA pure-play. The company is in investment mode to accelerate its growth, backed by its majority owner, PE firm Bridgepoint. The company has added Cognizant leaders to its executive team (CEO, CMO, and India MD positions) with the intention of reaching $1bn in revenues in the next five years. In support of this drive to a[...]

  • Infosys Brings Managed Services to Digital Manufacturing

    Sep 01, 2021, by Dominique Raviart

      The world of OT has been consulting-centric in recent years. Although their focus on digital manufacturing and IoT opportunities has intensified, enterprises have typically engaged their IT services partners mostly for use case identification, PoCs and pilot projects. Large-scale build projects have been uncommon. But the pandemic has put digital manufacturing firmly at the top of[...]

  • Capgemini’s ADM Aims for No/Low Application Maintenance Fees Thanks to QE

    Jul 02, 2021, by Dominique Raviart

      Capgemini is aiming for low or no maintenance and support fees as part of its ADM offering. Depending on its level of responsibility for development activities, the company commits to reducing maintenance and support activities and is, therefore, making a bold statement unheard of in the IT industry. To achieve such high aspirations, the company believes Sogeti's application t[...]

  • Navigating AI-Based Quality Assurance Automation with Infosys

    Jun 10, 2021, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked to Infosys Validation Solutions (IVS), Infosys’ quality assurance unit, and discussed its continued investment in AI to automate testing and validate chatbots and AI models. AI-Based Analytics from Test Case and Defect Data The primary AI use cases in QA are around analytics: QA and development produce a vast amount of data that can be used for guiding [...]

  • IBM GBS Expands Salesforce Capabilities in Europe with Waeg

    May 20, 2021, by Dominique Raviart

      IBM recently announced its acquisition of Salesforce Platinum Consulting partner, Waeg. The company, whose name means “wave” in old English, expands IBM’s Salesforce service presence in Europe and is IBM GBS’ second Salesforce services acquisition in 2021, following 7Summits in the U.S. It is also GBS’ fifth acquisition since IBM announced the intended s[...]

  • Whishworks Expands from MuleSoft Heritage to Whole Salesforce Service Ecosystem for Coforge

    May 05, 2021, by Dominique Raviart

      Coforge, the former NIIT Technologies, recently briefed NelsonHall about its Salesforce capabilities. In 2019, the company acquired Whishworks, which became the foundation of its Salesforce activities. Whishworks, one of MuleSoft’s top five strategic partners globally, services clients across sectors, with BFSI being its most significant target market. London-headquartered W[...]

  • Atos Reignites its Salesforce Capabilities

    Mar 02, 2021, by Dominique Raviart

      In November 2020, Atos unveiled its strategy for OneCloud, which focuses on key partnerships with the hyperscalers, and also includes three ISVs: SAP, ServiceNow, and Salesforce. We recently talked to Atos' Salesforce practice to discuss its growth plans and recent acquisitions. Atos has been a long-standing SAP partner and recently reignited its Salesforce practice, making tw[...]

  • IBM GBS Adds Salesforce Specialization with 7Summits Acquisition

    Feb 16, 2021, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked to IBM GBS regarding its acquisition of 7Summits. After years of limited GBS M&A activity, IBM has been increasing its investment level in this business. With the planned divestment of most of its GTS business, GBS is core to IBM Services. Since October 2020, GBS has made five transactions across cloud, payments, SAP, and Salesforce. The 7Summits acquisition[...]

  • passbrains Accelerates Development Thanks to Acquisition by msg

    Feb 15, 2021, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked to passbrains, the crowdtesting pure-play with dual headquarters in Hamburg and Zurich that has just been acquired by German IT service and VAR vendor, msg. The acquisition is timely for passbrains. Its founder died in the summer of 2020 at a critical time, as the firm was developing the 2.0 release of its crowdtesting platform and diversifying its client base[...]

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