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  • WNS Targets Mid-Tier Enterprises to Co-Create Digital Transformation

    Apr 29, 2019, by Andy Efstathiou

      I recently attended the WNS influencer conference in New Orleans, the theme of which was 'Co-create to Outperform’. WNS believes that the marketplace understands what transformation means for their businesses, but the challenge is how to achieve this vision. WNS’ view is that, for transformation to be effective, it needs to be customized for the client with their full[...]

  • How NTT DATA Established Enterprise Automation Governance for BCBS Health Insurance Carrier

    Apr 29, 2019, by Sven Lohse

      In this blog, I look at how NTT DATA worked with a large Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) health insurance carrier to establish an enterprise governance structure for automation, and at the lessons learnt along the way. Like many other large BCBS carriers, the company had piloted RPA initiatives, and from the somewhat frustrating results of these experiments, it had formed two conclu[...]

  • CloudPay: Changing the Performance Mindset with Payroll Efficiency Index

    Apr 24, 2019, by Pete Tiliakos

      This past month, NelsonHall published its annual Next Generation Payroll Services report, which found that buyers and clients of managed payroll services are keenly focused on engaging ‘next generation’ technologies that can enable payroll operating model transformation. Thus, organizations are increasingly seeking out managed payroll services providers that can provide a[...]

  • 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[...]

  • The Case for Expanding Provider Network Coopetition Among U.S. Health Plans

    Apr 18, 2019, by Sven Lohse

      In my previous blog, I described how, since 2017, Sutherland has created a shared services model that obviates the need for participating California health plans to separately build and update parallel databases to track the availability of providers of nonurgent care for Medicaid recipients. The company estimates that through its consortium of member health plans it has reduced a[...]

  • Blue Prism Offers A Lever for Culture Change to Mature Enterprises

    Apr 18, 2019, by John Willmott

    Blue Prism adopted the theme “Connected RPA – Powering the Connected Entrepreneur Enterprise” at its recent Blue Prism World conferences, the key components of connected-RPA being the Blue Prism connected-RPA platform, Blue Prism Digital Exchange, Blue Prism Skills, and Blue Prism Communities:   Components of Blue Prism's connected-RPA   Blue Prism i[...]

  • Proactive Social Media Engagement: Best Practices from Startek & Aegis

    Apr 17, 2019, by Ivan Kotzev

    Consumers are evolving their preferred ways of interacting on social media: ‘spontaneous’ stories are replacing produced content, transparency and privacy are driving the spread of private groups and influencing regulatory push, and machine learning is personalizing conversational commerce. The impact on brands is greater need for new types of content, investments in automation and[...]

  • Automation Anywhere Monetizes Bot Store to Provide ‘Value as a 2-Way Street’

    Apr 16, 2019, by John Willmott

    Automation Anywhere’s current Bot Store contains ~500 bots and has received ~40K downloads. In January 2019, these bots were complemented by Digital Workers, with bots being task-centric and Digital Workers being persona- and skill-centric.     So far, downloads from the Bot Store have been free-of-charge, but Automation Anywhere perceives that this approach potentiall[...]

  • Automation Anywhere Looking to 'Deliver the Digital Workforce for Everyone'

    Apr 15, 2019, by John Willmott

    Automation Anywhere, as with the RPA market in general, continues to grow rapidly. The company estimates that it now has 1,600 enterprise clients, encompassing 3,800 unique business entities across 90 countries with ~10,000 processes deployed. At end 2018, the company had 1,400 employees, and it expects to have 3,000 employees by end 2019. The company was initially slow to go-to-market in Europ[...]

  • Benefitfocus: Strategy Shift & Other Key Updates

    Apr 11, 2019, by Sven Lohse

      Benefitfocus, the cloud-based benefits management platform and services provider, recently hosted 1,200 benefits professionals at their annual One Place conference in Charleston, S.C. The conference featured updates on Benefitfocus’ strategy, enterprise benefits management technology platform, and partners from its ecosystem; and presented an opportunity to learn from[...]

  • ADP’s Latest Workplace Innovations

    Apr 10, 2019, by Gary Bragar

      ADP held its 26th annual Meeting of the Minds (MOTM) client conference recently, celebrating its 70 years in business. ADP is helping change the way employees work by continuously introducing new and enhanced products and services, and here I focus on three key areas: mobile, how pay is accessed, and recruiting. ADP Mobile: growth & new developments ADP has 20 million regis[...]

  • Cognizant Looks to Automate Testing of Connected Devices

    Apr 10, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      NelsonHall has been commenting recently on the future of testing, looking at how AI algorithms and RPA tools fit in the context of QA. This blog takes a different perspective by looking at how one of the tier-one software testing service vendors is approaching its testing of bots and connected devices. With the fast adoption of connected devices, automating testing of consumer or ind[...]

  • 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[...]

  • How Sutherland Facilitated Coopetition Among California Health Plans

    Mar 29, 2019, by Sven Lohse

      In this blog, I look at how Sutherland tackled the challenge of health plans maintaining accurate provider data in the state of California. The challenge: inaccurate health plan data about providers It’s been difficult for health plans in California to maintain accurate, up-to-date information on the current status of providers in the state. According to outsourcing vendo[...]

  • Chat Services: Teleperformance’s Playbook & Targets

    Mar 27, 2019, by Ivan Kotzev

      In NelsonHall’s 2017 report, ‘Multi-Channel CMS – Delivering Digital Customer Experience’, I forecast that the chat channel, in all its forms, would become 18% of the global CX services outsourcing market by 2020, growing by 30% CAGR. What fuels this sizable growth are the many benefits to brands offering sales and support over text channels, the advancement o[...]

  • Excelity Global’s Digital HR Plans for 2019

    Mar 21, 2019, by Pete Tiliakos

      With the digital economy pushing businesses to pivot and reimagine the way they operate, HR is under considerable pressure to support new business models and shifts in strategic direction.  Further, the workplace and the way we work is rapidly evolving, adding to the complexities and challenges HR must navigate to compete for today's top talent. As a result, organizations of[...]

  • HCL Technologies’ RPA Initiatives for Software Testing

    Mar 12, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      NelsonHall has commented several times on how vendors have been introducing AI into their QA/software testing activities; for example, to enhance defect analysis and prediction. We have talked less about the use of RPA because it did not seem to bring much innovation on top of what testing software products already offer. Testing software products have been around for over 20 year[...]

  • D-GEM: Capgemini’s Answer to the Problem of Scaling Automation

    Mar 05, 2019, by John Willmott

    Finance & accounting is at the forefront of the application of RPA, with organizations attracted by its high volumes of transactional activity. Consequently, activities such as the movement and matching of data within purchase-to-pay have been a frequent start-point for organizational automation initiatives. Organizations starting on RPA are initially faced with the challenges of understand[...]

  • AntWorks Positioning BOT Productivity and Verticalization as Key to Intelligent Automation 2.0

    Mar 04, 2019, by John Willmott

    Last week, AntWorks provided analysts with a first preview of its new product ANTstein SQUARE, to be officially launched on May 3. AntWorks’strategy is based on developing full stack intelligent automation, built for modular consumption, and the company’s focus in 2019 is on: BOT productivity, defined as data harvesting plus intelligent RPA Verticalization. In particula[...]

  • Advance 2021: The Road Ahead for Atos

    Mar 01, 2019, by Rachael Stormonth

    It is a decade since Thierry Breton assumed the mantle of CEO and Chairman at Atos, his arrival marking the end of a troubled period for the company. In that time, the company has improved its profitability (when he arrived, its operating margin was just 4.8% and all service lines were experiencing a deterioration in profitability, so his ambition of a double-digit margin seemed ambitious). Al[...]

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