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  • Accenture’s Industry X.0 Expands its Focus to Digital Manufacturing Use Cases

    Jan 06, 2020, by Dominique Raviart

      Back in early 2018, we discussed with Accenture how the company had created its Industry X.0 unit to address client demand for product engineering services along with Industry 4.0 and emerging technologies such as AR/VR and digital twins. In Industry X.0, Accenture grouped its capabilities around digital manufacturing, embedded systems, PLM services, MES services, and other units. [...]

  • 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[...]

  • Integration & Autonomy: Common Traits of Successful Creative Acquisitions in IT Services

    Apr 23, 2019, by David McIntire

      In recent years, many IT services firms have been aggressively acquiring new capabilities in creative areas such as design. One of the key challenges they face in acquiring such firms is managing what can be a significant culture gap between the flexibility of small creative firms and the regimented, industrialized nature of a global IT services firm. Successful acquisitions strik[...]

  • Accenture’ s Teach & Test Methodology for AI Testing

    May 11, 2018, by Dominique Raviart

      In the past three years, testing service vendors have been looking at how to adopt more automation and apply AI to testing. Accenture, meanwhile, has been approaching things from a different angle, looking at how to test AI software itself rather than applying AI to the delivery of testing services. Here I look briefly at Accenture's approach to AI testing, which used a two-ph[...]

  • 2018 M&A Outlook for IT Services: More of the Same or Bold Moves Ahead?

    Jan 10, 2018, by Dominique Raviart

      Here I look back at how M&A activity has impacted the IT services industry over the past year and make a few broad predictions for the type of activity to be expected in the next twelve months. 2016 had been marked by some large M&A announcements, with: Hardware companies moving out of services:  HPE announcing the sale of Enterprise Services to CSC (completed i[...]

  • Omnichannel Entropy from a Customer Experience Perspective: Macy’s Journey

    Oct 18, 2017, by Ivan Kotzev

    The traditional (and now universally accepted as outdated) model for multi-channel support looked something like this, with differences primarily between the types or number of channels: However, as customers became digital and mobile, the model has shifted to something like this: This model originated with marketers and retailers, where omnichannel means the ability to purchase in t[...]

  • The Impact of Digital on IT Services: What Clients Want from their Vendors

    Sep 20, 2017, by David McIntire

      NelsonHall is conducting an analysis of the needs of IT services clients to understand their IT and business priorities and how the growth of digital is impacting their business. In a survey of ~1,000 IT services clients across 17 industries and every region of the world, NelsonHall has identified distinct patterns of user intentions, both in terms of how clients plan to change their[...]

  • Accenture Technology: Innovation-Led Application Services

    Jul 10, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      In the last few years Accenture has executed a wholescale reshaping of its portfolio towards what it terms ‘The New’ (digital-, cloud-, security-related services) and has managed to keep ahead of the pack in staying relevant. NelsonHall recently attended an event hosted by Accenture Technology on the theme of innovation-led applications services. Accenture Has Repivote[...]

  • Trending Now in HR Services

    Jun 30, 2017, by NelsonHall Analyst

      As H1 2017 comes to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on recent key activity and where the market is headed for the rest of the year and beyond. Here, I round up what’s trending now in payroll, benefits administration, recruitment, and learning. Payroll The most common theme in the payroll market is global and multi-country activity. NelsonHall estimates tha[...]

  • 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[...]

  • Accenture Testing Services: Focus on UX, Automation & Changing Workforce Needs

    Jan 30, 2017, by David McIntire

    Accenture recently held a two-day symposium for the clients of its testing services to look at how testing services are changing, showcase its latest offerings, and allow successful engagements to discuss the keys to their success and lessons learned. Testing services are at a crossroads, as agile and DevOps have increased expectations around speed of delivery and driven convergence across [...]

  • M&A in Largest IT Services Vendors: Mega Deals Dominated in 2016; 2017 Will See Investments Focus on Digital & Security Tuck-Ins

    Jan 17, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

    M&A activity in IT services is set to take a new direction in 2017. Here, I reflect on M&A activity by the largest IT services vendors in 2016, with its emphasis on mega deals, and look ahead to 2017, which is set to be the year of digital & security tuck-in acquisitions. Large M&As in 2016: IT Conglomerates and Defense Firms Divest IT Services Arms Large-scale M&am[...]

  • Smart City IoT Outsourcing Market to Top $2bn by 2020

    Jun 30, 2016, by Mike Smart

      Smart Cities is one of the fastest growing segments within the burgeoning internet of things (IoT) outsourcing market. Currently worth just ~$140m, NelsonHall forecasts the global market for Smart Cities IoT outsourcing to grow by 75% CAGR over the next five years, taking it to ~$2.15bn by 2020. IoT is being applied in commercial buildings and homes, and in urban infrastructures s[...]

  • Accenture Invests Ahead of the Curve with Omni-Channel Testing Platform

    May 16, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    Accenture recently briefed NelsonHall on its new Omni-Channel Testing Platform (OCTP), an accelerator that sits at the intersection of Accenture’s Digital and Testing businesses. This is a reflection of the fact that software testing services are no longer confined to custom applications and COTS, but are now well integrated into the digital world, a process that started some three to four y[...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Internet of Things: Connected Vehicle Market Driving Towards $1.5Bn by 2020

    Feb 24, 2016, by Mike Smart

    This is the first in a series of blogs looking at various aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT) market. Here I take a look at the use of IoT in the connected vehicle space, and at the shape of market potential. IoT can be used to build connected vehicle systems to enable: Vehicle-to-vehicle communication so that vehicles can update each other on road conditions, allow vehicles to proper[...]

  • 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[...]

  • Innovation Key to RPO Client Satisfaction & Vendor Differentiation

    Dec 21, 2015, by Gary Bragar

    In NelsonHall’s 2015 RPO Market Analysis report, innovation was identified as a key vendor selection criterion. RPO clients are increasingly seeking vendors who will continually introduce new ideas and recommend new services, with continuous process improvement. However, in our parallel RPO NEAT vendor evaluation study, when we interviewed clients of 15 leading RPO vendors, ‘innovat[...]

  • The Edge of Tomorrow: Automation, AI & IoT in the Contact Center

    Dec 02, 2015, by Ivan Kotzev

    The future of contact centers is in automation, self-learning AI, support for IoT, and engaging customers and agents at a new level. These were the major themes at the fourth annual Customer Engagement Summit in London on November 26th. Close to 700 delegates and 60 speakers met to compare notes and listen to success stories in robotics implementations, results driven by analytics, and connecting [...]

  • Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization Project: Procurement Shaves Costs by 20%

    Aug 07, 2015, by Rachael Stormonth

    Last week, the US Department of Defense awarded a long-awaited multi-billion dollar contract to Leidos, Cerner and Accenture to provide and implement an off-the shelf EHR system across the Military Health System. The ID/IQ contract has a ceiling of just over $4.33bn. It has a two-year base with two three-year extension options, and a possible two-year award term, making a total period of up to ten[...]

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