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  • NelsonHall Launches Seven NEAT Vendor Evaluations in Summer 2016 as Support for Sourcing Buyers Continues Apace

    Sep 02, 2016, by Paul Connolly

    A bumper summer for NEAT vendor evaluation projects across HRO, Insurance BPS, Banking BPS, CMS, and IT Services. Plus news of NelsonHall's Buyer Intelligence Group. Many businesses experience a lull during holiday season, but for NelsonHall, summer 2016 has been non-stop, with the release of seven NelsonHall Vendor Evaluation & Assessment Tool (NEAT) projects in June, July, and August.[...]

  • IBM Exemplifies the Benefits of Employer Branding with Strong Client Results

    Aug 24, 2016, by Gary Bragar

      Employer branding has become an integral component of an effective talent strategy. It is synonymous with a company’s reputation as an employer, portraying the image of what the company is like to work for. The purpose of properly conveying and clearly communicating an employer’s brand is essential to attract, engage, develop, and retain the best talent for an organizatio[...]

  • Teleperformance Forays into Interpretation Business with $1.5bn Acquisition

    Aug 23, 2016, by Ivan Kotzev

    On 22nd August, Teleperformance announced the acquisition of interpretation services provider LanguageLine Solutions (LLS) for $1.52bn. LanguageLine was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Monterey, California. In 2015 it had revenues of $388m and adjusted EBITDA of $147m, and the company is expected have revenues of between $400m and $450m in 2016. It has ~8k interpreters, 92% of whom&[...]

  • Passbrains Expands Crowdtesting Offering to User Experience/UX

    Aug 23, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    To most non-testing experts, software testing services are a dull but necessary activity, whose main driver for growth has been the creation of testing factories in India. And yes, there is a significant element of this. At NelsonHall, we continue to be surprised by software testing service providers’ ever expanding service portfolio, the level of investment in proprietary accelerators t[...]

  • Channel Shift, Analytics & Balancing the Workforce: Initiatives at Convergys Bangalore

    Aug 22, 2016, by Vicki Jenkins

    NelsonHall recently visited Convergys’ contact center in Bangalore to learn more about its operations, and here I reflect briefly on three areas: The center’s ongoing channel shift to webchat An interesting development in the center’s analytics work An initiative to hire more women in an effort to have a more balanced workforce. Background Convergys Bangalor[...]

  • Tech Mahindra Accelerates into IoT Performance Testing for Connected Cars

    Aug 16, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    NelsonHall has reported previously on how Tech Mahindra is developing its performance engineering capabilities through its Tech Mahindra Performance Engineering (TMPE) practice. TMPE has transitioned its services portfolio from performance testing initially to performance engineering, shift-left, and production (see here), helping client organizations to take performance into account at the so[...]

  • Capgemini: Seeking to Reduce Friction and Accelerate Clients’ Speed to Value

    Aug 05, 2016, by David McIntire

    The digital economy is significantly increasing expectations for speed of delivery as organizations strive to compete with agile, digital-native competitors.  In response, IT service providers and their clients are shifting to a continuous delivery approach that incorporates design thinking, agile application development & test, and DevOps – all connected and aligned with the desire[...]

  • Highlights & Trends in the HRO Market in H1 2016

    Aug 03, 2016, by NelsonHall Analyst

      As earnings are released, it’s a good time to reflect on HR outsourcing trends by key service line. Here’s a brief round-up of market activity across payroll, RPO, and learning services in H1 2016. Payroll Payroll activity has been bustling in Europe YTD, with a strong emphasis on ramping up capabilities. SD Worx made two acquisitions to accelerate its growth across[...]

  • 3 Key Ways IT Service Vendors Are Enabling Clients’ Cloud Journeys

    Jul 29, 2016, by David McIntire

    The rise of self-service provisioning and automation of public cloud environments gives companies autonomy in managing their infrastructure and flexibility in meeting fluctuating capacity demands. From the perspective of an IT service provider, however, if clients can provision new cloud environments in a few minutes and then use the same screen to orchestrate and manage that cloud environment[...]

  • Long-Term Excelity Global Client Continues To Expand Payroll Outsourcing in Asia

    Jul 27, 2016, by Gary Bragar

    Though Excelity Global is a new name and brand, Excelity was formerly the Asia Pacific payroll business of Aon Hewitt, which was acquired by Everstone Capital in 2015. I recently interviewed a Fortune 10 multinational conglomerate that has been an Excelity payroll outsourcing client in China since 2004 to understand its expansion plans in Asia Pacific. The company has a history of aggressive gr[...]

  • How RPA is Helping Banks to Enter New Markets & Diversify Offerings

    Jul 22, 2016, by Andy Efstathiou

    The media, and vendor marketing departments, have described RPA as a compelling technology for enterprises, based on its perceived ability to reduce operational cost. However, our review of case studies and BPS vendor offerings reveals a more complex set of drivers at work. Here I take a brief look at examples of the application of RPA in the banking sector. The banking industry has been ch[...]

  • Tech Mahindra’s Application Security Business Expands Offering, Targets Multi-Year Deals

    Jul 22, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    In an earlier blog, we described how Tech Mahindra had expanded its performance engineering testing to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT), and here we take a look at how the company is handling another area of non-functional testing: software security testing. Tech Mahindra provides security services through its Cyber Security practice, a horizontal line of business. The practice has a headco[...]

  • WNS: Applying RPA in P&C Insurance with Focus on FNOL, Claims & Underwriting

    Jul 21, 2016, by NelsonHall Analyst

    This is the second in a series of blogs looking at how business process outsourcing vendors are applying RPA and AI in the insurance sector.     WNS’ RPA journey is moving quickly, with six pilots underway and five more ready to go. WNS has decided to wait on AI for the time being, in favour of developing its process automation capabilities, which has included the laun[...]

  • Sitel Presents its CX Vision Nine Months After Acquisition by Acticall

    Jul 18, 2016, by Ivan Kotzev

    NelsonHall recently attended Sitel’s European Customer Day in Paris. The event was an opportunity for Sitel to update the analyst community on the progress it is making with company restructuring following its acquisition by French BPO vendor Acticall, and to present to its clients and stakeholders a vision of the future – not just for contact center outsourcing, but for customer e[...]

  • EXL Enhances LA&P Platform Digital Front-End Capabilities with Acquisition of LISS

    Jul 13, 2016, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Last week, EXL announced its acquisition of LISS Systems (LISS), a London-headquartered provider of policy administration software for the life, annuities and pensions insurance sectors. LISS will be integrated with EXL's insurance business unit. EXL has made employment inducement equity awards vesting over four years to nine new non-executive employees (all of LISS’s[...]

  • Genpact Assists Client in Targeting 10x Process Improvement, Applying Design Thinking to Order Management

    Jul 12, 2016, by John Willmott

    Within its Lean Digital approach, Genpact is using digital and design thinking (DT) to assist organizations in identifying and addressing what is possible rather than just aiming to match current best-in-class, a concept now made passé by new market entrants. At a recent event hosted at Genpact’s new center in Palo Alto, one client speaker described Genpact’s approach to [...]

  • Genpact Combining Design Thinking & Digital Technologies to Generate Digital Asset Utilities

    Jul 12, 2016, by Rachael Stormonth

      Genpact recently hosted an advisor/analyst session at its new Innovation Center in Palo Alto. So why is a BPO specialist opening a center in Silicon Valley? Genpact is using the center as a hub for the development (and showcasing) of platform-based digital assets aimed at mimicking the industry disruptors by being based on standardized, simplified operating models and distributed tec[...]

  • Concentrix to Acquire Minacs in Latest Big M&A Deal to Rock the CMS Top 10

    Jul 12, 2016, by Ivan Kotzev

            Yesterday, SYNNEX Corporation, the $13.3bn parent company of Concentrix, announced it is acquiring Minacs for $420m. The acquisition brings approximately $400m of revenue and $0.53 per share non-GAAP earnings. Minacs adds to Concentrix ~ 21k employees, 15k seats and 35 centers in Canada, U.S., India, LATAM, Europe, and the Philippines. The combined Concentrix/M[...]

  • Virtusa Deepens its BFSI Testing Capabilities with Polaris Acquisition

    Jul 08, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    Earlier this year Virtusa acquired Polaris, now rebranded as VirtusaPolaris. Polaris was a mid-sized (~$300m revenue) ADM pure-play (it had spun off its Intellect software product unit in 2014) specializing in BFSI sectors (95% of revenues, NelsonHall estimate), in particular treasury and capital markets (~52% of revenues in Q4 FY 2016, the period ending March 31, 2016), corporate banking (~19%) a[...]

  • 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[...]

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