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  • 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[...]

  • Sopra Steria: Building on Big Data & Analytics Initiatives

    Apr 08, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked with Sopra Steria about its work and capabilities around big data and analytics. The company has created a Data Science CoE (or Technology Stream in Sopra Steria’s terminology), which brings specialized services and expertise to the various in-country systems integration (SI) business units, focusing on its key accounts and bringing vertical knowledge. Sop[...]

  • DXC Bets $2bn on Recovery of Luxoft to Scale its Digital Capabilities

    Jan 08, 2019, by David McIntire

    Yesterday morning, DXC announced its intended acquisition of Luxoft in an all cash transaction of $59 per share, around $2bn. This represents a 48% premium over Luxoft’s average closing share price over the previous ninety days (and ~86% premium on Friday’s closing price). The deal is expected to close by end June 2019. In recent years DXC (including as CSC) has made a number of[...]

  • Sopra Steria’s Digital Enablers Program: Increased Adoption & AI in Mind

    Sep 07, 2018, by Dominique Raviart

      While Sopra Steria may be known for its execution excellence and its investment in delivery industrialization, it had not really invested in creating accelerators and IP. Then, early last year it launched its Digital Enablers program with accelerators in mind. The company followed a slightly different approach to some of its peers in India, and initially focused on providing its d[...]

  • Atos Strengthens Key Partnerships, Launches New AI Products

    Jul 13, 2018, by Mike Smart

      NelsonHall recently attended Atos’ Technology Day in Paris, where we heard updates on its digital technology initiatives, including key partnerships with Siemens and Google, and new AI product developments. Extending partnership with Siemens Atos gave an update on its ongoing investment with Siemens, a seven-year-old partnership that was recently extended to 2020 wit[...]

  • Sopra Steria Launches Digital Enablers Program to Complement Solution Businesses & Attract Millennial Talent

    Aug 22, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently met with Sopra Steria to discuss the broad topic of intellectual capital and accelerators. We came away impressed with Sopra Steria’s approach that is both very new (launched early 2017) and also broader in focus than technical accelerators. Earlier this year Sopra Steria launched its Digital Enablers initiative. Digital Enablers has several aspects: creatin[...]

  • CGI Structures its Digital Manufacturing Activities, Launches CoE in France

    May 27, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      CGI recently briefed NelsonHall on its capabilities for the manufacturing sector and how it is addressing opportunities around digital manufacturing/Industry 4.0. CGI’s service portfolio for digital manufacturing addresses the manufacturing sector also other industries with similar needs around supply chain and distribution operations, including retail/distribution, and life[...]

  • The Human Side of Digital Transformation: Why Digital is Driving the Need to Invest in Non-Technical Capabilities

    Apr 28, 2017, by David McIntire

      NelsonHall recently completed an analysis of the digital transformation capabilities and offerings of selected IT services vendors. While all vendors are investing in offerings under the ‘digital transformation’ umbrella, their investments range from industry-focused offerings using proprietary IP, to packaged solutions, to digital strategy consulting. One area of focu[...]

  • 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[...]

  • Rio 2016: How Atos is Helping the IOC Redeploy its Budget from Run to Digital

    Jul 08, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    Four years ago, at the time of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games, NelsonHall reported on the work Atos does for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) though its Major Events unit. See our previous commentary here. This week we visited its center in Barcelona to get an update on the work it is doing for the Rio Games starting next month, The Olympic Games remain a fantastic o[...]

  • M&A Activity (Part 3): Further Scale and Digital Remain Priorities in 2016

    Mar 31, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    In December 2015, we published two blogs about M&A activity in the IT services industry in 2015 (here are the links for Part 1 and Part 2). This blog examines M&A activity in IT services in Q1 2016 and sets our expectations for the rest of this year. In short, 2016 started off with a bang, with two very large IT services acquisitions announced in the first [...]

  • Sopra Steria 18 Months After Merger: Solid Financial Performance - But Still No Leverage of BPS or Offshoring in Continental Europe

    Mar 14, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    Sopra Steria announced recently its 2015 results (click here for more information on the recent results). The results contained a number of surprises. Our key take-aways from the results are discussed below. Strong Financial Performance in French Operations in Spite of Merger Credit is due to Sopra Steria’s management in managing the rapid turnaround of Steria France in spite of i[...]

  • The Other Side of Software Quality: CISQ Issues Standards on Structural Software Quality

    Jan 05, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    CISQ and Structural Quality The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) recently made an announcement related to software quality. CISQ is a relatively young organization, founded in 2009 by Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute (the organization that initiated the CMM process standards) and a slightly lesser-known organization, Object Management Group (OMG), an IT standard t[...]

  • M&A Activity in 2015 (Part 2): Few Vendors Acquire in Digital; IaaS Industry Consolidation Begins

    Jan 04, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    This is the second of three articles examining M&A activity in IT services during 2015. Last time we looked at how M&A activity was being driven by $10bn to $15bn vendors. This time we take a look at M&A around newer service offerings and digital transformation. The firms that are acquiring capabilities in digital services are vendors in good financial health that have mostly alre[...]

  • Digital Transformation: Three Myths About IT Services Examined

    Sep 28, 2015, by Dominique Raviart

    Three questions are commonly being aired these days about the delivery of IT services in support of digital transformation initiatives. Having heard each of these being raised several times, we thought it is a good time to put them through a bit of a reality check. First up for examination... Is “Fail Fast, Move On” the Right Approach to Digital Transformation Projects? The [...]

  • Capgemini Rebrands Analytics & Big Data Practice, Announces 'Insights-as-a-Service'

    May 05, 2015, by Dominique Raviart

    Capgemini recently briefed NelsonHall on changes in its analytics and big data practice. The company has recently rebranded its business information management (BIM) global service line (GSL) as Insights & Data (I&D) and announced the availability in H2 2015 of its analytics platform, ‘Insights-as-a-Service’. Background In 2010 Capgemini created BIM as a GSL which, in Cap[...]

  • Cognizant Analyst Day: Focusing on Digital Transformation, Vertical Expansion and New Business Models

    Mar 09, 2015, by Dominique Raviart

    At Cognizant’s European analyst event in Berlin, the topic of digital transformation and in particular its Horizon 3 services dominated discussions. Horizon 3 services now represent a NelsonHall estimated 10% of revenues (~$1.0bn in 2014). Horizon 3 includes new services such as digital services as well as new business models and new sectors/new geographies. Digital Transformation Cogn[...]

  • 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.[...]

  • 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[...]

  • Tech Mahindra Launches Mainframe Application Development and Testing Service

    Oct 06, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    Tech Mahindra has launched Virtualized Mainframe Testing (vMT), a new service that offers clients savings on their mainframe application development and testing costs, especially for applications that are on a maintenance and enhancement/release mode. vMT mostly focuses on reducing consumption of MIPS. In the context of mainframes, reducing MIPs usage is a key lever for lowering costs, as IBM m[...]

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