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  • Learning Transformation: Is The View Worth the Climb?

    Mar 26, 2015, by Gary Bragar

    Last week I attended NIIT’s annual international customer conference, Confluence 2015, which was themed ‘Learning Transformation: The View Is Worth The Climb’. Alongside sessions on best practice and how NIIT are supporting transformation in learning, ~10 client companies described their transformation journey. Here are the key take-aways from the event, with NelsonHall’s p[...]

  • How New Banking Regulations Will Impact Banks, Customers, and Vendors in 2015/2016

    Mar 26, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Banks have been struggling to adapt to changing, expensive regulations, and 2015 and 2016 will see further implementation requirements requiring large investments to achieve compliance. Here is a review of some of the more important ones and a look at the implications for bank operations strategy. Key regulations taking effect over the coming months are: EMV (Chip-based payment cards) for[...]

  • Ceridian Strategy Update: Developing Dayforce, Expanding Industry Offerings, and Leveraging Global Capability

    Mar 23, 2015, by Gary Bragar

    Ceridian’s recent analyst day in San Francisco was focused on Dayforce HCM, its proprietary HR cloud offering. The company shared news of Dayforce client wins, new service offerings, technology developments, and its global expansion plans. In 2014 Ceridian was focused on HR product development, and 2015 sees the company launch Dayforce in the U.K. Ceridian is looking to further globalize [...]

  • Making Sense of HCM’s Race for the Cloud

    Mar 17, 2015, by Gary Bragar

    The Twittersphere has been buzzing recently with opinions on the compliance of global Human Capital Management (HCM) technologies, with commentators debating the relative merits of different approaches, and discussing key topics such as localization gaps and the breadth of language support. Vendors are making moves to improve their HCM delivery to address these and other issues, and in 2015 the[...]

  • Cognizant Analyst Day: Focusing on Digital Transformation, Vertical Expansion and New Business Models

    Mar 09, 2015, by Dominique Raviart

    At Cognizant’s European analyst event in Berlin, the topic of digital transformation and in particular its Horizon 3 services dominated discussions. Horizon 3 services now represent a NelsonHall estimated 10% of revenues (~$1.0bn in 2014). Horizon 3 includes new services such as digital services as well as new business models and new sectors/new geographies. Digital Transformation Cogn[...]

  • Capgemini Looks for New Logo Growth in North America, Now its Largest Market

    Mar 02, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    In Capgemini’s recent North America analyst conference, the company provided a compelling description of how its approach in North America has developed recently, together with examples of how this has succeeded, and shared its vision and a roadmap for the next few years. Confidence about prospects for 2015 is high. Capgemini’s 2014 revenues in North America were €2,230m, a gro[...]

  • HP's Multi-Billion Iaas Contract with Deutsche Bank: More Evidence that Big Infrastructure Outsourcing is Back

    Feb 27, 2015, by Rachael Stormonth

    HP recently announced a major (multi-billon) 10-year IT infrastructure management services contract with Deutsche Bank’s wholesale banking division (which accounts for around 50% of the DB Group revenues). HP Enterprise Services (HP ES) will deploy HP Helion, providing data center services on-demand including storage, platform and hosting – activities formerly essentially done in-ho[...]

  • Angled At Analytics: The New EXL Makes Three Acquisitions In Seven Months And Insures a Health-y Start to 2015

    Feb 27, 2015, by NelsonHall Analyst

    What a difference a year makes for EXL. It entered 2014 under the cloud of the loss of two contracts, including the unfortunate termination Travelers (which had accounted for nearly 10% of total revenues in 2013) because of inappropriate behavior by an employee. So it started the year facing significant revenue headwinds. A year later, EXL delivered full year 2014 revenues that beat revise[...]

  • STARTEK: Margins Improving, Looking for Growth in Healthcare Sector

    Feb 23, 2015, by Vicki Jenkins

    STARTEK has announced results for Q4 2014 and full year 2014. Q4 2014 Revenues were $64.2m, up 1.2% y/y LBIT was $1.5m, a negative margin of 2.4%, down 98 bps y/y. Full year 2014: Revenues were $250.1m, up 8.1% LBIT was $4.9m, a negative margin of 2%, up 72 bps. Q4 revenue contribution from largest clients was: T-Mobile: 30.6% AT&T: 19.6% Comcast 15.7%. [...]

  • Capgemini: Strong End to 2014, Enters 2015 with Momentum; Looking for Inorganic Growth in U.S.

    Feb 23, 2015, by Rachael Stormonth

    Capgemini’s CEO Paul Hermelin describes himself as “very encouraged” by 2014 results; the group has exceeded guidance for: Topline growth: guided on 2-4% organic, delivered 3.4%, accelerating to 5.5% in Q4 Net margin, guided on 0.3 to 0.5 pts improvement, delivered 0.7 pts to 9.2%. Capgemini should read 10% margin by early 2016 Organic FCF: guided at above €55[...]

  • Worldline Outlines its Path to Growth

    Feb 19, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Worldline, which IPOd in May 2014, has announced results for full year 2014 and has presented its views on the payments market, its business roadmap, and its successes to date. The results, below, are subject to adjustment when Worldline files its financial reporting statements in late March: Revenues were €1,149m, up 2.8% y/y  Operating margin be[...]

  • Early Signs that 2015 will be a Boom Year for Benefits Administration

    Feb 19, 2015, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Barely two months into the year and there has been lots of activity across the benefits administration market, including new contracts, contract expansions, and M&A activity.  Contracts have come out of the U.S. and Europe, including the U.K. and the Netherlands. U.S. activity has come from both the private and public sectors, with deals ranging from as few as 800 employees to mor[...]

  • Learning Outsourcing Driven by Need to Focus on Business Priorities and Develop Talent

    Feb 19, 2015, by Gary Bragar

    Learning outsourcing contracts continue to be driven by client needs to reduce their administrative burden and focus on their corporation’s strategic objectives. And talent development is high amongst client business priorities where HR can make a significant impact, being a leading driver for clients outsourcing their learning services. NelsonHall’s most recent learning BPO (L[...]

  • Infosys First Acquisition Under New CEO: In Support of "Renew the Core" Part of Strategy

    Feb 17, 2015, by Rachael Stormonth

    Infosys is to acquire Panaya, a vendor of automation technology for enterprise software management, for $200m in cash. Panaya is a privately held company backed by hi-tech VC firms including Benchmark Capital, HPV and Battery. The transaction is expected to close before March 31. Founded in 2005, and formerly known as ChangeSoft Technologies, Panaya is based in Ra’anana, Israel and h[...]

  • CMS BPO: Germany a Hot Spot in Continental Europe

    Feb 16, 2015, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Germany’s fiscal success story presents an interesting value proposition for the local customer management services (CMS) BPO market. Real GDP in Germany grew by 1.5% in 2014 and current forecasts indicate that, driven by a strong labor force, high consumption and favorable energy prices, Germany should be able to maintain this level of growth through 2015 and accelerate to around the 2.0% m[...]

  • Cognizant Looks to Deliver 15% Organic Growth in 2015 - Industry-Specific BPO Utilities a Key Part of the Growth Strategy

    Feb 09, 2015, by Rachael Stormonth

    A strong end to 2014 for Cognizant, with the disruption of Q2 results (due to client specific issues) now a fading memory. Q4 2014 revenues were up 16.4% y/y, up 13% y/y excluding Trizetto. And non-GAAP operating margin of 19.4% was within its targeted range. Q4 2014 revenue breakdown by vertical (and actual revenue growth) was: Financial services: $1,121m (+12.4%), with strong gr[...]

  • Accenture to Acquire Agilex to Enhance Digital Capabilities and Agile Delivery for Federal Sector

    Feb 09, 2015, by Rachael Stormonth

    Accenture Federal Services (AFS) is to acquire Agilex Technologies, a privately-held provider of digital solutions for the U.S. federal government based in Chantilly, VA. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  The acquisition will enhance Accenture’s digital capabilities in analytics, cloud and mobility for federal agencies. It also will add agile delivery expertise. Agilex br[...]

  • Increased Adoption of Platform-Based Services and Emergence of DevOps within Resurgent SAP Outsourcing Point to Increasing Sophistication of U.K. Outsourcing Market

    Feb 09, 2015, by John Willmott

    Analysis of NelsonHall’s U.K. outsourcing contracts for 2014 shows that outsourcing is becoming more sophisticated in a number of key areas across both service delivery and contracting. Within service delivery: The role of Cloud was increasingly evident with for example the first HR BPO contracts based on Workday software emerging in BPO and IaaS contracts in support of SMEs becoming c[...]

  • Talent Management and Global Reach the Key Drivers for HRO M&A Activity: 2014 Review and 2015 Outlook

    Feb 05, 2015, by NelsonHall Analyst

    By Amy Gurchensky, Liz Rennie and Gary Bragar With total HRO service growth in the high single digits in 2014, service providers are growing both organically and inorganically to meet clients’ needs. The primary reasons for M&A and partnerships across HRO service lines were to enhance service delivery capability (60%) and support geographic expansion (40%). Here we take a closer look [...]

  • Securities Services Vendors Face Strong Headwinds as Downward Revenue Pressure Set to Accelerate in 2015

    Feb 05, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Q4 2014 results from the top five U.S. headquartered securities services firms indicate that revenue growth for securities and custody services is slowing down. The two largest global custodians, BNY Mellon and State Street, along with Citibank, reported revenue decline in calendar year Q4 2014. The figures below show change in securities services revenue versus the prior quarter (q/q[...]

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