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  • Arvato UK&I: Bringing Digital & Automation to CX

    Dec 04, 2017, by Ivan Kotzev

      Recently, I had a chance to visit Arvato’s U.K. and Ireland HQ in Slough, ~20 miles (30km) west of London, to witness its customer experience operations and how the company is applying digital channels and automation. A mix of public and private sector clients Arvato U.K. & Ireland provides customer experience services, finance and accounting (record to report, order [...]

  • Bold Move by Altran, Makes Largest Ever Acquisition in the ER&D Industry with Aricent

    Dec 01, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      ER&D vendor Altran yesterday announced the acquisition of India-centric Silicon Valley-headquartered Aricent. Altran will be paying $2.0bn for Aricent through a capital increase of €0.75bn, the remaining ~€1bn in debt. In the year ending June 30, 2017, Aricent had revenues of $687m and an EBITDA margin of 27.9%. This is a significant acquisition for Altran, streng[...]

  • NGA HR’s Digital Strategy is All About the eXperience

    Nov 30, 2017, by Nikki Edwards

      NelsonHall recently attended NGA HR’s Analyst and Adviser Summit in Amsterdam. The event set out NGA’s new business strategy, which is to make HR work better through digital transformation. At its core, NGA HR wants to offer next-generation enterprise HR and payroll services/technology built around the user experience, by offering new consultancy services, introducing bot[...]

  • The Journey for HR Services in 2018: Part 1

    Nov 29, 2017, by NelsonHall Analyst

      As 2017 comes to a close, it’s an ideal time to reflect on key developments and innovations within HR services, and what to expect in 2018 by HR service line. This week, I’ll discuss specifics around two aspects of talent management (recruiting and learning), and next week I’ll explore payroll and benefits administration in more detail. Overall, the level of 2017[...]

  • In RPA Deployment, Slow Down... To Go Faster

    Nov 27, 2017, by David Mayer

      RPA software offers users the tantalizing possibility of being able to simply 'hit record and go' at the beginning of an enterprise automation initiative. But organizations that are seeing the greatest returns are slowing the initial process down, and framing their initiatives as they would treat any major technology migration. At UIPath’s recent User Summit in New Y[...]

  • How NS&I Transformed its Digital Banking Customer Experience

    Nov 24, 2017, by Andy Efstathiou

      NelsonHall recently hosted a webinar in which U.K.’s National Savings and Investments (NS&I) discussed how it has transformed its customer experience and operations delivery, and in so doing increased the value of assets managed by 245% and annual contact volumes by 660% while reducing delivery staff by 76% and cost of operations, calculated on a per assets under management[...]

  • IBM Services - Returning to the Limelight at IBM

    Nov 24, 2017, by Rachael Stormonth

    This month, NelsonHall has attended the IBM Services analyst/adviser events in New York and Paris and we noted a distinct evolution in emphasis, with a much closer alignment between IBM's two services divisions. In recent years, IBM’s Global Business Services (GBS) and GTS businesses have been somewhat in the shadows of its Cognitive Solutions segment, although together they rep[...]

  • Quick Takeaways from IBM European Analyst & Advisory Exchange (vlog)

    Nov 23, 2017, by Mike Smart

      Mike Smart reports directly from IBM’s European Analyst & Advisory Exchange 2017 with some quick take-aways regarding IBM’s transition from systems integrator to services integrator and its business resiliency services.[...]

  • Neeyamo Driving Innovation to Bridge the Gap Between Global & Local Payroll

    Nov 22, 2017, by Pete Tiliakos

      As globalization of the workforce continues its evolution, HR leaders today face the challenge of managing a more diverse, dispersed, and technology savvy human capital environment than ever before. Thus, acquiring, integrating, managing, and paying a borderless workforce is a major challenge for many multinational organizations today, driving the need to transform and digitize globa[...]

  • CSS Corp Aiming to Automate Accessibility Testing

    Nov 17, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      CSS Corp recently briefed NelsonHall on the work it does around accessibility testing in the U.S. and about a suite of three accelerators it recently introduced for meeting the requirements of the U.S. American Disability Act (ADA) of 2010. What Is ADA? One of the aims of ADA is to make documents, websites and mobile apps more accessible to people suffering from visual, movemen[...]

  • How IT Services Vendors Can Help Organizations Meet GDPR

    Nov 09, 2017, by Mike Smart

      In this, the second of two articles on GDPR, I look at how IT services vendors can help companies meet GDPR compliance in several areas. You can read the first article, ‘The Impact & Benefits of GDPR for Organizations’, here. Application services Application services can help organizations in ensuring that new and legacy applications meet the GDPR articles perta[...]

  • The Rise of Intelligent Automation in Benefits Administration

    Nov 08, 2017, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Relative to other HR services, the application of intelligent automation in benefits administration is lagging, but is slowly making progress.  With respect to RPA, Conduent and Alight are among the first movers, with both using bots for manual calculations in pension administration. In addition, Alight has deployed bots for low-level transactional work that is typically offshored, and in[...]

  • Omnichannel, Bots & the Future of CX: Q&A with Head of Prosodie-Capgemini, Erwan Le Duff

    Nov 07, 2017, by Ivan Kotzev

    This month, Capgemini is launching a new version of its omnichannel cloud platform, Odigo™. I interviewed Erwan Le Duff, Head of Prosodie-Capgemini, about the new platform features, the evolution of self-service, and the future of customer experience. Below is a video of highlights from the interview, followed by a brief introduction to Odigo and a full transcript of the interview.  [...]

  • Infosys’ Testing Practice Update: AI, Chatbots & Blockchain

    Nov 06, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently caught up with Infosys to discuss where its Infosys Validation Solutions (IVS) testing practice is currently investing. This is a follow-up to a similar discussion we had with Infosys back in July 2016 that centered on applying AI and making sense of the data that client organizations have (see here). Our most recent discussion looked at technologies such as AI, chatbo[...]

  • Sevenstep RPO’s Employee Care Focus

    Nov 03, 2017, by Gary Bragar

      Sevenstep RPO held its second annual analyst event last week. In addition to analysts, advisors, vendor leadership, and key service providers, practitioners/buy-side clients also attended for the day, including Commonwealth of MA, Amazon, and CVS. Here I discuss a few key take-aways. Sevenstep RPO overview With ~300 employees, Sevenstep RPO has global delivery centers in three [...]

  • TCS’ New Service Line Structure, Business 4.0 Emphasis: Both Very Positive; Collaboration Challenge in Harnessing ignio to Optimum Benefit

    Nov 02, 2017, by Rachael Stormonth

    NelsonHall recently attended a TCS analyst event in Boston, the theme of which was Business 4.0: Intelligent, Agile, Automated, and on the Cloud. A few months ago, soon after Rajesh Gopinathan took over as CEO, TCS undertook its first major service line revamp for many years (we provided details of this in our Quarterly Update on TCS – see here). As such we were keen to learn more about [...]

  • Five UNLEASHed HR Tech Ideas from HRTechWorld

    Oct 31, 2017, by Nikki Edwards

      Last week’s HRTechWorld in Amsterdam, or UNLEASH as it now known, did not disappoint, my only regret being that two days wasn’t enough time to see everything and meet everyone I wanted to. As well as the established vendors being present, sharing their new product updates, there were plenty of start-ups showing how they are changing the face of HR/payroll. Analytics, auto[...]

  • Transforming a Contact Center to a Profit Center: CSS Corp Client Study

    Oct 30, 2017, by Ivan Kotzev

      Post-sales support functions are typically cost centers: large, labor-intensive operations with significant overheads and no financially attributable benefit to the bottom line. This environment is changing, with  organizations gradually understanding the revenue generation opportunities in support services such as technical support and afterlife maintenance. I recently had a co[...]

  • Benefits Optimization: The Focus of the Participant Experience in Benefits Administration

    Oct 25, 2017, by NelsonHall Analyst

      Over the last few years, developments around the participant experience for benefits administration services have been focused on helping employees become more effective consumers as they make their benefit selections (the “consumerization” era). In 2016, the next stage of evolution of the participant experience emerged as suppliers shifted their focus to utilization (the[...]

  • Adventures in Blockchain: Capgemini Focuses on Helping Clients Develop Their Roadmap

    Oct 25, 2017, by Andy Efstathiou

    In this blog, I look at Capgemini’s Blockchain initiatives and what segments they are focusing on for further development with their financial services clients. Initially, Blockchain engagements were focused on:  Using POCs to develop an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of distributed ledger technology (DLT) Developing business use cases, trying POCs to d[...]

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