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  • Capital Scarcity, Operating Leverage & BPaaS Drive Emerging Partnership Strategies in Financial Services BPS

    Jan 21, 2016, by Andy Efstathiou

    There has been a recent spate of acquisitions and partnerships among Financial Services BPS vendors which reveals interesting trends. These include the following deals from 2015: HCL and CSC: Two JVs were formed, whereby HCL will operate and expand the existing Core Banking business of CSC. The first JV will focus on account management and delivery governance while the second [...]

  • Digital & Video Chat Growth on the Horizon for CMS in High Tech

    Jan 14, 2016, by Vicki Jenkins

    NelsonHall’s latest Customer Management Services market analysis report, ‘Targeting CMS in High Tech’, identifies the need for increased customer service quality as the number one market driver. This is followed closely by cost reduction in second place, with increased revenue generation (through subscription sales, renewals, and paid-for technical support) third. The report a[...]

  • Wipro’s Marvel CX: Marrying Automation & Analytics to Improve Customer Experience

    Jan 11, 2016, by Ivan Kotzev

    The biggest advantage of automation in CMS has been the ability to simplify, optimize and remove redundant workflow steps in the contact centers’ internal processes with the goal of improving the customer experience, and an end-game for vendors of increasing the number of value-add projects with their clients. Wipro’s Marvel CX is aiming to do exactly that. Marvel CX’s compone[...]

  • Process Automation, Analytics & Consumer-Centricity: the Keys to Healthcare Payer BPS

    Jan 07, 2016, by NelsonHall Analyst

    The U.S. healthcare payer BPS market is relatively mature, but is also shifting towards changes driven primarily by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the growing Medicaid and Medicare population, and advancements in technology offerings. Activity is primarily driven by the need for claims administration support with the use of automation services, member engagement services, and improved clinical ana[...]

  • To Close Talent Gap, Companies Need Greater Emphasis on Employee Engagement

    Jan 05, 2016, by Gary Bragar

    Candidate and employee engagement is often referred to as a key priority for HR leaders, and while there’s a lot of activity going on to address this, the indications are that more needs to be done. In its latest white paper, Workforce Horizons, Capita reflects on the issues and challenges HR and resourcing leaders must overcome as they attempt to impact the bottom line, and high on the l[...]

  • The Other Side of Software Quality: CISQ Issues Standards on Structural Software Quality

    Jan 05, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    CISQ and Structural Quality The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) recently made an announcement related to software quality. CISQ is a relatively young organization, founded in 2009 by Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute (the organization that initiated the CMM process standards) and a slightly lesser-known organization, Object Management Group (OMG), an IT standard t[...]

  • M&A Activity in 2015 (Part 1): $10bn to $15bn IT Services Vendors Drive Activity

    Jan 04, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    Reflecting slightly improved macro-economic conditions, 2015 was an active year for M&A activity in the IT services industry. The largest acquisition - for some years - was that of IGATE by Capgemini. And there was a large number of small to mid-sized transactions. When analyzing this active M&A activity, several findings are striking: In spite of all the intensive discu[...]

  • Tech Mahindra's Transformation after Satyam: Telecoms Continues to be Main Area of Strength

    Jan 04, 2016, by Dominique Raviart

    It is three years since Tech Mahindra finalized its merger with Satyam, a challenging journey of 18 months, to diversify its client base from BT (29% of revenues in Q3 FY 2013), the telecom services overall and from Europe (its then largest vertical by far, representing 46% of revenues). At the Tech Mahindra indicated several ambitious targets for CY 2015: Reaching $5bn in annual revenues by[...]

  • Wipro Appoints New CEO: What Does He Face, and What Might We Expect?

    Jan 04, 2016, by Rachael Stormonth

    The first working day in 2016 started with the announcement of the appointment of Abid Neemuchwala as CEO of Wipro, with TK Kurien’s elevation to Executive Vice Chairman, still reporting directly to Azim Premji. Today’s announcement was not a huge surprise; Neemuchwala’s arrival from TCS in March 2015 as COO was perhaps more unexpected in that he was an external appointment, a[...]

  • 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[...]

  • Going Digital & The Shape of Customer Service in 2020

    Dec 22, 2015, by Vicki Jenkins

    I recently presented at the CCA’s annual Convention in Glasgow, Scotland. One of the key themes was ‘The Digital Game’, with sessions examining how organizations are responding to demand for digital customer services as part of the ongoing transition from call to contact centers. The future of customer engagement was illustrated using examples of newer channel usage, including vi[...]

  • 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[...]

  • Minacs’ CRM Ecosystem: Getting Closer to the Customer with ALT CRM

    Dec 18, 2015, by Ivan Kotzev

    Since the first customer and marketing databases in the 80s, to the fully-fledged CRM platforms of the 90s, to the cloud-based CRMs of the 00s and the Social CRM of the 2010s, CRM platforms have had the same goal and challenge – to successfully match customers with companies. With the proliferation of more channels, and changing customer expectations for effortless and real-time interaction,[...]

  • Enhancing Social Customer Experience with AegisLISA

    Dec 17, 2015, by Ivan Kotzev

    Over the last few years, social media has gradually achieved a small, but highly significant place within customer care and sales channels. CMS providers jumped to provide solutions as early as 2010-2011, but not until recently have these solutions reached a maturity level that has enabled them to go beyond simple monitoring of comments, posts and tweets. Aegis developed its proprietary social [...]

  • Workday HCM Growth Forges Expanded Partnerships with HRO Providers

    Dec 11, 2015, by Gary Bragar

    Workday’s latest announcement of its expanded partnership with ADP focuses on a combination of technology and service; MNCs on Workday can now include ADP’s global payroll offering within one user experience. Through the partnership: MNCs can use ADP’s global payroll functionality from within Workday's user interface in one process for managing their glob[...]

  • Add AI & IoT to Achieve Service Transformation

    Dec 04, 2015, by John Willmott

    In this, the third and final blog in this series on BPO automation, I take a look at where the BPO market currently stands and where it’s going next. Well, the use of workflow and platforms to surround and supplement the client’s core systems has been well-established for a period of years. BPO has worked relatively well in these environments. The vendors largely have process models[...]

  • Robotics & BPaaS Must Evolve to Take BPO Automation to the Next Level

    Dec 04, 2015, by John Willmott

    In my previous blog on automation in BPO, I argued that, despite all the hype, the current implementation of robotics process automation (RPA) is little more than a labor arbitrage play, enabling the business to run with increased efficiency using existing technology and offshoring frameworks. So where does automation in BPO go from here? RPA is essentially execution of repeatable, rule-based t[...]

  • Robotics - Making Continuous Improvement Realizable

    Dec 04, 2015, by John Willmott

    There is currently a huge amount of hype around use of automation in BPO, and many commentators seem to forget that the early BPO contracts were often driven by organizations with inadequate/creaking legacy IT systems using BPO as an enabler to combine replacement of legacy systems with an operations and process improvement layer. These early transformations were also frequently seen by both cl[...]

  • Wealth Management Regulations Will Drive U.S. BPS Service Changes

    Dec 03, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    In Q2 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a notice of proposed rulemaking, changing the definition of who can be considered a fiduciary to a retirement account or plan. The rule, which is currently in a comment period and should be implemented by Q2 2016, extends fiduciary responsibility to advisors, many of whom are currently under a less strict suitability standard of care. The U.S. govern[...]

  • 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 [...]

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