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  • Tech Mahindra Refreshes Functional Test Execution with AI & UX Capabilities

    Dec 16, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently caught up with Tech Mahindra’s QA practice, Digital Assurance Services, to assess recent progress with their IP strategy. Digital Assurance Services’ test automation strategy is based on IP and accelerators in its LitmusT platform. The company has been aggregating and integrating automation artifacts within LitmusT and intends to automate the full testing l[...]

  • Productizing its Service Offerings is Working Well for Unisys

    Dec 10, 2019, by Rachael Stormonth

    Unisys recently held an analyst/adviser meet in New York; shortly before, it had reported another set of very encouraging quarterly results, with its Services business delivering its sixth consecutive quarter of organic (CS/CC) topline growth. The double-digit organic growth Unisys has achieved in Services this year is market leading (its much smaller Technology business is lumpy by nature) an[...]

  • CX Services M&A Activity Hots Up: Why Telus International is Acquiring CCC for €915m

    Dec 10, 2019, by Ivan Kotzev

      Telus International announced last week the acquisition of Competence Call Center (CCC) for ~€915m. The deal marks the biggest M&A in front-office BPO (CX Services) for 2019. It is also one of several investments in the DACH region and part of a global trend for market share acquisitions. CCC gives Telus International scale for DACH markets CCC is a private CX services[...]

  • TCS Pace: Integrating Capabilities to Drive Innovation

    Dec 09, 2019, by David McIntire

      In NelsonHall’s 2019 survey of IT service buyers, when asked about the key capabilities sought in vendors, a significant majority cited a range of digital consulting capabilities. More than 65% of respondents placed high priority on capabilities such as the ability to take a business perspective to apply digital, provide a roadmap for adoption of digital, and undertake a digita[...]

  • Insurance Start-Up Convex Group Contracts with WNS to Target Cost Ratio of 10%-11%

    Dec 04, 2019, by Sven Lohse

      Convex Group is a start-up specialty insurer and reinsurer focused on complex risks, launched with $1.8bn of committed capital in April 2019. Convex will underwrite insurance and reinsurance for “complex specialty risks across a diversified range of business lines” in London and Bermuda. The company aims to adopt a conservative investment strategy with a predominantly hig[...]

  • Amdocs Simplifies the Test Case-to-Test Script Process with Ginger

    Nov 29, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently chatted with Amdocs about how the company has been progressing with its automation framework, ‘Ginger by Amdocs’. Amdocs launched Ginger four years ago, initially as a test automation framework designed for use by non-automation engineers. Since then, Amdocs has aggregated some of its test IP around Ginger and has become its main test automation platform, with[...]

  • Kronos Doubles Down on HCM Platform Development

    Nov 27, 2019, by Pete Tiliakos

      Earlier this month, Kronos held its annual client event, KronosWorks, in Las Vegas, drawing >3k attendees from around the globe.  Much of the attention at KronosWorks centered on the launch of InTouch DX, an intelligent time clock offering that incorporates advanced digital capabilities including an LCD with touch-enabled access, facial recognition, and integration with Kr[...]

  • CSS Corp Addresses Commercial Challenges of Cognitive CX Transformation

    Nov 25, 2019, by Ivan Kotzev

      One of the main challenges facing front-office automation projects is the adoption of commercial terms protecting the interests of both clients and CX services providers. In an industry dominated by traditional per FTE and per hour/minute pricing, to be successful, end-to-end digital transformation requires significant initial investments, new KPIs, a stake from the vendor, and a lon[...]

  • Engaging with Benefits: Spotlight on Benefitfocus

    Nov 19, 2019, by Gary Bragar

      Last week I attended the Benefitfocus Seller Place 2020 conference. Benefitfocus has repositioned itself from a software company to a benefits platform provider with solutions focused on engaging and improving the user experience while helping employers and employees make more informed decisions and reduce cost. Benefitfocus has 25m consumers, serving 150k employers with 15.5m emp[...]

  • New Genpact Procurement BPS Strategy Underpinned by Major Personnel Transfer

    Nov 13, 2019, by Rachael Stormonth

    Genpact has signed a procurement BPS contract with a multinational conglomerate to manage a spend of $10bn covering all major categories of indirect spend (except IT) including logistics, FM, MRO, professional services, travel, and contingent labor, globally. The contract is of strategic importance to Genpact in that it involves the transfer of 130 category management and sourcing personnel[...]

  • Infosys’ Analytics Practice Aims to Bridge Business Needs & AI-Related Technical Services

    Nov 11, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked to Infosys about its analytics and big data capabilities in its Data and Analytics (DNA) practice. DNA is a significant practice within Infosys, which we estimate represents ~8% of Infosys’ headcount. It continues to enhance its portfolio, expanding from technical services to business services, and segments its portfolio around three themes: Modernize, Mon[...]

  • Atos North America: Back to Growth

    Nov 01, 2019, by Rachael Stormonth

    What a difference a year makes. Atos recently held its second North America business event in Dallas, just under a year since completing its acquisition of Syntel. Last year’s event focused on the newly formed Atos-Syntel organization in North America, and also on how, with a new CEO in place, North America was starting to address some legacy problems and to manage a situation where a[...]

  • Entering the Voice Bot Age: Tech Mahindra Launches m.ai.a

    Nov 01, 2019, by Ivan Kotzev

      Voice bots are a tiny part of the customer service and outsourced CX services market today. However, they are significant both in terms of investment and the attention they are receiving from organizations. In both smart home devices (voice assistants) and traditional telephony, voice bots are growing (*see a sample of news items from October 2019 at the end of the text). With div[...]

  • Cognizant Focuses on Growing its Salesforce Practice while Verticalizing Capabilities

    Oct 30, 2019, by Dominique Raviart

      We recently talked with Cognizant’s Salesforce Consulting & Solutions Group (CSG) unit, recently set up in Europe. The unit reflects ongoing investment by Cognizant in its Salesforce capabilities, with a more vertical focus, accommodating Salesforce’s growing product portfolio.   CSG complements the capabilities of Cognizant Interactive and Cognizant Consultin[...]

  • Cielo: Reimagining & Redefining RPO

    Oct 29, 2019, by Nikki Edwards

      The pace of change in RPO and contingent worker outsourcing has been unprecedented in recent years due to technological advancements and the range of services expected by buyside organizations. Cielo recently organized a customer and analyst day to explore what talent acquisition (TA) might look like in the next five years. Speaking with several of Cielo’s clients, they comm[...]

  • UiPath: Forging Connections Between Business Users & Automation

    Oct 24, 2019, by Mike Smart

      Reboot work was the slogan for UiPath’s recent Forward III partner event, a reference to rethinking the way we work. UiPath’s vision is to elevate employees above repetitive and tedious tasks to a world of creative, fulfilling work. The company’s vision is driven by an automation first mindset, along with the concept of a bot for everyone and human-automation collab[...]

  • Machine Learning at the Heart of Workday’s Next Wave of Innovation

    Oct 24, 2019, by Pete Tiliakos

      This past week Workday held its 13th Workday Rising client event in Orlando, Florida. The platform’s annual event continues to grow substantially, with more than 13k in attendance this year, up from ~10k attendees in Las Vegas at the 2018 event. The growth in attendance points squarely to the continued steady adoption of the Workday platform, which is now supporting >2.8k[...]

  • Genpact Acquires Rightpoint to Strengthen 'Experience' Capability

    Oct 24, 2019, by John Willmott

      Enterprise operations transformation requires three critically important capabilities: Domain process expertise and the ability to identify new “digital” target operating models Transformational technology capability, leveraging technologies such as cloud platforms and intelligent automation to elevate straight-through processing and self-service principles ahead [...]

  • Infosys Spreads its Wings from Wingspan to ‘Live Enterprise Suite’

    Oct 17, 2019, by Rachael Stormonth

    The tone at the recent Infosys Confluence Americas event in Arizona was, unsurprisingly, quietly confident: Infosys has delivered five straight quarters of strong CC growth, with its largest sector Financial Services delivering improving topline growth (having been affected by market softness in some areas), Digital now representing over 38% of total revenues, and the order book looking strong[...]

  • Automation Anywhere’s Enterprise A2019, Simpler to Use, Quicker to Scale

    Oct 10, 2019, by Mike Smart

    ‘Anything Else is Legacy’ was the messaging presented at Automation Anywhere’s Enterprise A2019 launch, hosted in New York. The event, the first under new CMO Riadh Dridi, showcased improvements in the new version of the Automation Anywhere platform around: Experience – the most immediate change is in the UI. While prior versions utilized code, workflow, and mixed [...]

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