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  • 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[...]

  • 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[...]

  • 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[...]

  • 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[...]

  • 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[...]

  • IBM Cloud Infrastructure Investments Lead IBM Outsourcing Transformation

    Feb 04, 2015, by Rachael Stormonth

    Overall IBM Group revenues in 2014 declined 6% (-1% in CC and excluding divestitures). However, IBM is in the midst of a major adjustment of its portfolio. In line with this, the company is reporting $25bn in revenues (and 16% revenue growth) in 2014 (out of a total of $92.8bn) from its "strategic imperatives". IBM's acquisition of Softlayer, where it continues to invest strongly,[...]

  • CGI Q1 FY 15 Results: Claims A Strong Start to The Year, though Revenues Down in All Geos Apart from U.K.

    Feb 03, 2015, by Rachael Stormonth

    CGI CEO Michael Roach describes Q1 FY 2015 results as “strong”– and yet revenue was down in every region apart from the U.K. (putting aside the 0.9% CC growth in APAC to CDN$108.7m).  The 169% book-to-bill ratio achieved this quarter looks a lot less impressive when the CDN$2bn renewal with Bell Canada is excluded, when the global book-to-bill goes down to 90%[...]

  • Xerox Services: A Solid End to 2014; Can Look to 2015 with Confidence

    Feb 02, 2015, by Rachael Stormonth

    “A lot has happened in the last 90 days and overall we're pleased with where we ended the year. We're reporting solid results that in some places exceeded expectations” Ursula Burns. Q4 summary: Services revenue was $2,725m, up 1.5% y/ y, and up 3% in constant currency: BPO CC growth was 4% (up from 2% in Q3) with growth in commercial healthcare payer, electronic[...]

  • DevOps Testing: TCS Takes the IP Way

    Feb 02, 2015, by Dominique Raviart

    TCS has briefed NelsonHall on the recent launch of its DevOps related IP, Non-Production Environment Tracking and Release Automation (NETRA). With NETRA, TCS Assurance Services Unit (ASU), the main testing unit of TCS, is pursuing its strategy originated with Intelligent Testing Systems (ITS) to develop broad-reaching IPs, encompassing open source software, COTS, and TCS-developed accelerators.[...]

  • TCS in France: Think Local, Act Global

    Feb 02, 2015, by Rachael Stormonth

    TCS Globally: High Market Cap, High Brand Value With over $15bn in revenues in CY 2014 (and FY 2015 revenues likely to be in the region of $15.5bn) TCS is not only one of the largest, fastest growing and most profitable service providers but is now also a top 5 IT services player (*) on the global stage. And TCS is also the most profitable of the Top 5, with an EBIT margin currently tracking at[...]

  • ITO Spending Growth Dips Slightly & Bookings Flat in 2014, but Expect Improvement in 2015

    Jan 28, 2015, by Dominique Raviart

    This week NelsonHall held its quarterly IT outsourcing (ITO) Index webcast. We have conducted these calls for the last six years to monitor developments in ITO from a quantitative perspective. When we introduced the Index, ITO had largely moved from full outsourcing to a selective outsourcing approach, and Indian vendors were deploying their land and expand strategy with the occasional one-off meg[...]

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