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  • Webhelp Continues to Expand in Europe

    Feb 10, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Webhelp is to acquire SNT, a Netherlands based CMS vendor. SNT has 3,500 agents across eight sites in Europe with revenues of 77m. The combined company will be called Webhelp SNT following the acquisition which is to be completed in twelve months.  This acquisition will give Webhelp a significant Dutch presence and will bolster its global agent headcount to ~21,500, and increase its a[...]

  • IBM Connect 2014: Spotlight on Kenexa

    Feb 04, 2014, by Gary Bragar

    The theme of last week’s IBM Connect Conference was Energizing Life’s Work. There was also a concurrent Kenexa World Conference which joined the IBM Connect general sessions. When IBM acquired Kenexa for $1.3bn in December 2012 (with Kenexa integrated into IBM’s Software Group and operationally aligned to IBM GPS), much was written at the time of how this would strengthen IBM&[...]

  • Strong Third Quarter for Firstsource As it Continues to Realign its Portfolio

    Feb 03, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Firstsource has just announced its strongest quarter since FY 2013. Revenue was up 12.1% y/y to Rs. 7,998m (~$128m) and margins increased 210 bps y/y to 9.3%. The margin improvement is due in part to Firstsource’s consolidation of unprofitable accounts in both its customer management business and in domestic accounts in India and Sri Lanka. Telecoms and media, Firstsource&r[...]

  • Wipro Raises the Stakes on its Commitment to Mortgage and Loan BPO

    Jan 31, 2014, by Andy Efstathiou

    Wipro is to acquire mortgage due diligence and risk management services provider Opus Capital Markets Consultants LLC (Opus CMC) for $75m to enhance its mortgage BPO capabilities. (See tracker article #201521 for acquisition details). Wipro's existing mortgage BPO capabilities include: 850 FTEs in origination and administration BPO BPO services in loan originations and administratio[...]

  • Serco's Woes Continue Despite Clearance by U.K. Government to Bid for New Contracts

    Jan 31, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Serco has updated its guidance for 2013 and 2014 following its clearance by the U.K. government to bid for new contracts.  Serco expects a mid-single digit percentage organic decline on 2013 revenue due to: Lower levels of incremental work won across the group to date Attrition from contracts lost such as electronic monitoring Volume reductions in its Australian immigration detent[...]

  • Another Good Year for TSYS in 2013: Crosses $2Bn in Revenue in a Strong Payments Market

    Jan 28, 2014, by Andy Efstathiou

    TSYS' full year 2013 revenues (including reimbursables) were $2.1bn, a growth of 14.0%. The underlying fundamentals of the business (number of accounts on file and transaction volumes) grew aggressively in 2013, increasing 13% and 15% respectively.  In 2013 TSYS continued to enjoy strong revenue and earnings growth. Growth in the merchant business is continuing[...]

  • What to Expect in Benefits Administration in 2014

    Jan 23, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    2013 proved to be an exciting year in benefits administration.  In the U.S., much of the focus was on corporate health exchanges for active employees while the U.K. was focused on auto-enrollment (AE).  Specific highlights of the year in the U.S. included: Aon Hewitt: added 15 clients to its corporate health exchange (total number of clients is at 18) Mercer: added 52 clients [...]

  • ERG Aims for World-class Procurement Services with Crown Commercial Service

    Jan 09, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    NelsonHall recently attended a briefing by the Cabinet Office Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) about the new Crown Commercial Service (CCS). This has replaced Government Procurement Service (GPS) and is to become the most comprehensive government procurement services provider in Europe. It is to address the market in a more coherent fashion by organizing into domains and segments but operating as[...]

  • Convergys to Acquire Stream Global Services, Becoming Number Two CMS BPO Vendor Globally

    Jan 07, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Convergys is to acquire Stream Global Services for $820m.  With anticipated combined CY 2013 revenues of ~$3bn (Stream ~$1bn, Convergys ~$2.045bn). Convergys will this year become the second largest CMS BPO pure-play by revenue globally, close to Teleperformance (expected CY 2013 revenues of $3.26bn). The purchase price of $820m represents ~80% of Stream’s annual revenues but an impr[...]

  • BPO Becomes More Strategic in 2014

    Jan 01, 2014, by John Willmott

    BPO becoming more strategic is a major theme among the major BPO trends for 2014. The latter includes: 1. BPO will increasingly contribute to the “C-level” vision and not just fine tune operations 2. BPO will increasingly morph into “business services” 3. BPO governance will become more partnership-oriented as BPO is incorporated within client Global Bus[...]

  • CMS BPO: Vendor Consolidation Kicks Off 2014

    Dec 20, 2013, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Customer management services (CMS) is no longer the red-headed step-child of the BPO world.  In spite of the exit from this area of IBM, most CMS pureplays are currently achieving improving margins and revenue growth. With multi-channel delivery proving crucial in winning new contracts, and the increasing importance of big data and analytics in the value proposition, 2014 is set to be an extr[...]

  • NelsonHall’s 2014 HRO Predictions By Service Line

    Dec 17, 2013, by Gary Bragar

    Per NelsonHall’s blog of December 12, 2013 was a healthy year for HRO, with overall contract activity up ~37%. We now take a look at what we can expect in 2014 by HRO service line. MPHRO We predict the Global MPHRO market will grow at mid-single digits CAAGR through 2017 The Shared Service Transformation segment will continue to grow mainly as a result of contract expansions and ren[...]

  • LATAM CMS BPO Market: Next Big Wave Forms Around Higher-End Support

    Dec 17, 2013, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Latin America has become an increasingly popular destination for the customer management services (CMS) BPO industry in recent years, outperforming the global CMS market. Will this continue? NelsonHall expects the global CMS BPO market to grow at 3.7% CAAGR through to 2016 with Latin America growing at more than twice that. So what is driving that growth? Much of the growth from this region is [...]

  • Capgemini BPO in Brazil: Location Strategy and Portfolio Development Support Growth Ambitions

    Dec 12, 2013, by Rachael Stormonth

    NelsonHall recently visited the Capgemini BPO center in Campinas, Brazil, about 100 kilometers to the northwest of the city of São Paulo. Capgemini’s Campinas center is part of a network of BPO centers in Latin America, the others being in Guatemala City; Santiago, Chile; and, most recently, Blumenau, also in Brazil. We had had the privilege several years before to visit the Guatemala[...]

  • HP Enterprise Services Exceeds Guidance for FY 2013

    Nov 26, 2013, by Rachael Stormonth

    HP Enterprise Services (ES) has announced fiscal Q4 2013 results, for the period ending October 31, 2013: Revenues were $5,759m, down 9.3% y/y, and down 1% sequentially EBIT was $255m, a margin of 4.4% down 223 bps y/y. Fiscal Q4 2013 revenue (and y/y and sequential revenue growth) by service type was: Infrastructure technology outsourcing $3,563m (-9%, -3%) Application and bu[...]

  • Atos to Float Worldline by Mid-2014

    Nov 15, 2013, by Dominique Raviart

    Atos has unveiled its financial objectives for its Worldline unit. The company is to float Worldline by mid-2014, while keeping a majority stake in the company. Proceeds from the IPO are to finance organic growth and especially acquisitions. Financial objectives for the 2013-2017 period include: Revenue growth of 5% to 7% (2013-2017 CAGR) all organic (2012 revenues €1,066m, +5%; 2013[...]

  • Atos Unveils 2016 Financial Objectives

    Nov 15, 2013, by Dominique Raviart

    Atos has unveiled its Ambitions 2016 plan in whch it has detailed how two of its key service lines (Managed Services and Systems Integration) will evolve over the next three years. Managed Services Managed Services (MS) is planning to grow at a 5% 2013-2016 CAGR with a slight organic growth. The unit has stabilized (organic growth 2011: +1.7% ; 2012; +2.4%;[...]

  • Accenture Awarded Five-Year ADM Contract by Zurich

    Nov 04, 2013, by Rachael Stormonth

    Accenture has announced that in 2012 it was awarded a five-year application services contract by Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) to streamline Zurich’s global finance IT. Services being provided by Accenture Finance and Risk Services include development, implementation and management of SAP-based finance and BI applications that support Zurich operations in North America, Germany, Switzerlan[...]

  • Steria Ventures Into New Deal with U.K. Government

    Nov 01, 2013, by Rachael Stormonth

    This is Steria’s largest ever award: the press release refers to the contract being potentially worth over £1bn over 10 years (7 plus 3): with the foundation clients, the value is closer to £500m, depending on what additional business Steria brings in to the JV, its lifetime value could be worth much more than £1bn. The contract was signed last night: the conclusion, sin[...]

  • NelsonHall Launches “Speed-to-Source” Vendor Evaluation Tool for Payroll BPO

    Oct 17, 2013, by Gary Bragar

    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 Payroll BPO. The Payroll business process outsourcing BPO tool is available to NelsonHall clients at http://research.nelson-hall.com/  and is also available for a limited period free-of-charge to strategic sourci[...]

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