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  • HP Enterprise Services to Strip Out $2bn of Annual Costs in Next Three Years in Pursuit of Margin of 7-9%

    May 22, 2015, by Rachael Stormonth

    HP Enterprise Services has announced Q2 FY 2015 results, for the period ending April 30, 2015: Revenue was $4,817m, down 15.5% y/y, and down 10% in constant currency (CC), reflecting key account run off and weakness in EMEA Segment earnings before taxes (EBT) were $194m, a margin of 4.0%, up 143 bps y/y. Q2 FY 2015 revenue by service line (with y/y revenue growth) was: [...]

  • CSC Splits into Two to Maximize Shareholder Value: Moves from Turnaround to Reinvention

    May 20, 2015, by Dominique Raviart

    CSC has announced a planned break up by October 25 2015 into two firms: CSC U.S. Public Sector (FY 15 revenues: $4.1bn) and CSC Global Commercial ($8.1bn, also includes non-U.S. public sector). See here for details: The announcement ends a long period of speculation over the posssible sale of CSC's North American Public Sector unit[...]

  • Capital Markets Firms Must Turn to Managed Services to Tackle Trading Cost Pressure

    May 13, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Today’s capital markets industry is severely capital constrained, and this is likely to get worse over the next few years. Internal deployments of new or improved solutions will become harder to resource (both in terms of cash and manpower), and managed services will be the preferred way to improve operations. Furthermore, managed services that offer to improve process and/or vendor manageme[...]

  • Private Exchange Update: What the First Three Years Reveal

    May 11, 2015, by NelsonHall Analyst

    It seems like yesterday that the concept of a private health insurance exchange was novel: it’s hard to believe that active exchanges have been available from benefits consultancies for three years, and that retiree exchanges are nearly 11 years old. Here’s a quick update and review of how the private exchange landscape has changed in this short time. Active exchanges are mu[...]

  • Payment Vendors' Growth Slows As They Face Two-Year Battle to Preserve Market Share

    May 07, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Over the past few weeks the major payment processing vendors have reported first quarter 2015 financial results, and they show a noticeable slowdown n y/y growth from 2014 (refer to NelsonHall Tracking Service articles for detailed analysis of the quarterly results). Summary results for Q1 2015 (in USD unless stated otherwise) are as follows: Card networks: Mastercard: +2.7%&nbs[...]

  • Capgemini Rebrands Analytics & Big Data Practice, Announces 'Insights-as-a-Service'

    May 05, 2015, by Dominique Raviart

    Capgemini recently briefed NelsonHall on changes in its analytics and big data practice. The company has recently rebranded its business information management (BIM) global service line (GSL) as Insights & Data (I&D) and announced the availability in H2 2015 of its analytics platform, ‘Insights-as-a-Service’. Background In 2010 Capgemini created BIM as a GSL which, in Cap[...]

  • HGS’ London Center Focused on Broad Language Coverage & Bespoke Customer Support Services

    Apr 30, 2015, by Vicki Jenkins

    During a recent visit to London I had the opportunity to visit the HGS contact center in Chiswick. The 500-seat center is focused on supporting accounts with broad language capability needs and it also provides specialist client programs beyond traditional customer care support. The industry sectors supported from the center include automotive, consumer packaged goods (CPG), government, and health[...]

  • Financial Incentives for Retirement Readiness: The Rising Sophistication of DC Admin Tools

    Apr 30, 2015, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Financial planning for retirement readiness is a big concern for many individuals, and the stress is often magnified the closer one gets to retirement. For years, organizations and DC administration providers have been honing different approaches to address this. One of the biggest challenges in establishing a model that works stems from diversity within the workforce. Earlier approac[...]

  • Affordable Care Act - Employers Turn to BPS Providers

    Apr 29, 2015, by Gary Bragar

    At Equifax Workforce Solutions Forum 2015, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was one of the main topics of discussion. And it’s no wonder why: ACA is now in effect, and many U.S. corporations and individuals are still not ready, despite the act’s effective date being delayed from January 2014 to January 2015. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that employer-shared ACA respon[...]

  • Capgemini's iGATE Deal Capitalizes on Key Market Drivers in Operations Services and Financial Services

    Apr 28, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Capgemini announced today its intention to acquire IGATE. Capgemini is offering $48 per share, or $4.04bn, a premium of ~5% over current IGATE share price. IGATE had debt at end 2014 of $686m and cash on hand of $192m. This offer gives IGATE an enterprise value of ~$4.53bn. Capgemini is thus paying a massive 15.5 x 2014 earnings ($292m) and nearly 3.6 x 2014 revenues. The acquisition [...]

  • Getting More Out of Recruitment: Going Beyond EVP

    Apr 13, 2015, by Gary Bragar

    Employee Value Proposition (EVP) is about more than creating a nice-looking career page with exciting reasons why candidates should join a company. It is also about empowering recruiters to use their corporate brand flexibly for individual candidate situations. This is well known to recruitment processing outsourcing (RPO) companies. However, an effective EVP can go even further. In a candidate[...]

  • Capgemini’s Testing Practice Continues Development of IPs, Increases Focus on Cross-Client Delivery

    Apr 13, 2015, by Dominique Raviart

    NelsonHall recently spent two weeks in India, focusing on latest developments in software testing and digital transformation services. We met with Capgemini Group’s Testing Global Service Line (TGSL), the group’s software testing practice (across Capgemini and Sogeti) and discussed key topics including its push towards cross-client shared service centers, and IP development (with the r[...]

  • Atos Strategy Update: Bull and Xerox Acquisitions Examined, Indian Offshoring Still Work in Progress

    Apr 09, 2015, by Dominique Raviart

    NelsonHall recently met with the management of Atos to discuss the acquisitions of Bull and Xerox ITO and the progress being made by Atos in adopting Indian offshoring. Note that this meeting took place before Atos' Consulting & Systems Integration analyst day. Bull: Is An Expanded Portfolio Relevant? With its acquisition of Bull, Atos has acquired an IT firm with a significant level[...]

  • NelsonHall Business Process Services Confidence Index Shows High Expectations for 2015

    Apr 08, 2015, by John Willmott

    NelsonHall’s Business Process Services (BPS) Confidence Index is a quarterly index of confidence to monitor changes in industry confidence in the global business process services market. The objectives of the quarterly “BPS Confidence Index” are to identify: Whether the demand for business process services has strengthened or softened in the past quarter Expectations o[...]

  • NelsonHall Remains Cautious about ITO Spending in 2015 Despite 40% Increase in Q1 Bookings

    Apr 08, 2015, by Dominique Raviart

    This week NelsonHall held its quarterly IT Outsourcing (ITO) Index webcast to report on the latest developments in ITO contract activity and present an analysis of spending activity for IT services, professional services (i.e. consulting and systems integration) and ITO. Background ITO Index data shows a steady (but non-linear) decline in Total Contract Value (TCV) from 2002 onwards. The lev[...]

  • NelsonHall BPO Index Shows Continuing Upturn in BPO Contract Activity in Q1 2015

    Apr 08, 2015, by John Willmott

    BPO contract TCV in Q1 2015 continued the improvement in contract activity seen in Q4 2014, with BPO TCV picking up and gaining momentum over the past two quarters following relatively low levels of BPO TCV awarded in Q2 and Q3 2014. In particular, Q4 2014 showed a 6% improvement in BPO TCV year-on-year, with BPO accounting for 31% of total outsourcing TCV. Q1 2015 BPO TCV performance then impr[...]

  • ADP Underscores Full Commitment to HCM

    Apr 02, 2015, by Gary Bragar

    At ADP’s recent annual Meeting of the Minds (MOTM) client conference, CEO Carlos Rodriguez stated ADP’s commitment to now being 100% focused on Human Capital Management (HCM) following the spin-off of its Dealer Services business in 2014. This was the largest conference yet with ~1,100 clients from 500 different companies attending, and several client case studies illustrated ADP&rsquo[...]

  • Learning Services Vendors Revamp Their Offerings

    Mar 31, 2015, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Demand for learning services has been the lowest of all the HR outsourcing services over the last few years. But while the market has been in a lull, several suppliers have taken the time to revamp their learning services businesses in one of two ways. The first approach is about honing learning offerings around one specific learning function. Sometimes this is about refining one func[...]

  • Sopra Steria in 2015: Continued Strength in U.K., Challenges Elsewhere in Europe, and the Mystery of BPS

    Mar 30, 2015, by Dominique Raviart

    Sopra Steria has announced its financial results for 2014, focusing on its profitability performance (revenues were previously published in February). Our key takeaways from the announcement are discussed here. U.K. Will Continue to Outperform Other Sopra Steria Geographies in 2015 Sopra Steria U.K. had phenomenal growth in 2014 (+18.2% organically) to ~€859m. Profitability was high (ad[...]

  • Convergys & Stream Prove the Right Fit, One Year On

    Mar 27, 2015, by Vicki Jenkins

    By Vicki Jenkins and Mike Cook A year ago Convergys acquired fellow contact center vendor Stream, making it the second largest CMS BPS provider by revenue behind Teleperformance. NelsonHall CMS analysts Vicki Jenkins and Mike Cook caught up with key members of Convergys’ leadership team on the anniversary of the acquisition to discuss how the new organization is shaping up. The importa[...]

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