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  • Managing Millennials in Software Testing: Virtusa’s Approach

    Oct 29, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    Virtusa recently briefed NelsonHall on its gamification approach within its software testing offering. Virtusa is a fast growing offshore (India and Sri Lanka) oriented service provider. Its FY 2014 (year ended March 31, 2014) revenues were $397m, a growth of 19%. This followed growth of 20% in FY 2013 and 27% in FY 2012. The company has just over 8k employees. Founded in 1996 and headquartered[...]

  • Unisys Q3 Results: Departing CEO Leaves on a High

    Oct 27, 2014, by Rachael Stormonth

    This is the last set of quarterly results Unisys under the leadership of Ed Coleman – and it has been a last hurrah: Revenues were $883, up 11% y/y, up 10% in constant currency: the strongest quarter of growth for many years at Unisys Operating income was $77m, an operating margin of 8.7%, up 570 bps from a margin of 3.0% in Q3 2013. Significantly, the topline gro[...]

  • Online Surveys for Outsourcing Market Research: Garbage In, Garbage Out

    Oct 27, 2014, by Paul Connolly

    In his latest monthly newsletter, U.K. money-saving guru Martin Lewis gives his readers advice on how to make money from filling in online surveys. I rather like his opening line, which reads “Willing to give views on One Direction, washing-up liquid or what goes on between your bedsheets? If so, it's possible to earn £100s a year, without any special skill or talent.” Of [...]

  • Process Improvement the Gateway to Transformational Customer Management Services

    Oct 27, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    NelsonHall’s latest CMS market analysis focuses on the increasing importance of transformational CMS, whereby a vendor not only takes over the running of a client’s call center processes, but seeks to optimize these processes to achieve the desired business goals of the organization. In the current market, the need to reduce cost while maintaining or enhancing customer satisfaction [...]

  • Xerox Services: Q3 Disappoints, but Investing for Future Profitable Growth

    Oct 27, 2014, by Rachael Stormonth

    Xerox Services Q3 Results: Any Signs of Progress? Xerox Services, now 57% of total Xerox Group revenues, is critical to the future of Xerox: it is its engine for future growth.We have been waiting for a better quarter for some time, but Q3 was not a stellar quarter for Xerox Services. Revenues Flat and Signings Down, with ITO the weakest link Xerox Services revenues in 2014 YTD are flat &[...]

  • Quindell: Positive End to 2014 as Canada Leads Adoption of Quindell's Telematics Technology

    Oct 22, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    So far, 2014 has been a mixed year for Quindell; it faced damning speculation from Gotham City Research in April (which has since been rejected) and a failed partnership with the RAC in September, which would have seen ingenie’s telematics services being made available to all drivers, not just 17 to 25 year olds, from July. On the plus side, there has also been a number of signi[...]

  • SOC 3.0 and Proactive Security Management: the HP Aspiration

    Oct 20, 2014, by Mike Smart

    NelsonHall recently attended HP’s security analyst day in London. The session provided a deep dive into HP's threat intelligence and the application of this intelligence into its security products line. Concerns about security issues are expanding beyond CSOs/CISOs to the rest of the C suite, even commanding the attention of CEOs.  HP highlighted that Conversation[...]

  • September Quarter Results from Five Indian Providers: Generally Positive, but Indian Street Expects More

    Oct 20, 2014, by Rachael Stormonth

    Last week we looked at Infosys' quarterly results. It has been another busy week of quarterly reports from some of the Indian oriented service providers. How did five of them do? Syntel (Q3 CY14): Softness in Healthcare Greater than Expected Revenue was $228.3m, up 8.8% y/y, but slightly below consensus Operating margin was 29.8%, down 610 bps y/y, with less benefit from rupee depre[...]

  • Accenture: Reinventing the Interface Between Business and Technology

    Oct 16, 2014, by Rachael Stormonth

    Accenture’s recent analyst event in New York was essentially a platform for it to showcase capabilities which it believes are key differentiators, both in terms of its attributes and also highlighting some areas of its portfolio which position it well for current and future profitable growth. The tone throughout was bullish re current and future performance - and recent performance supp[...]

  • Accenture’s New Strategy: Implications for Scalability in Banking BPO

    Oct 16, 2014, by Andy Efstathiou

    NelsonHall recently attended Accenture’s annual analyst meet in New York City. We had the opportunity to discuss operations (BPO and IT infrastructure management) market initiatives, a major focus area for Accenture, representing $6bn in revenues (~20% of total revenues), with Accenture executives. Accenture and is betting heavily on “Digital” to create the “new Accentur[...]

  • HR Tech 2014: Employer Branding, a Key RPO Growth Service

    Oct 16, 2014, by Gary Bragar

    At last week’s 2014 HR Technology conference I met with several of the RPO providers. Discussions included service offerings, latest trends, new business and growth. My meetings confirmed findings reported in NelsonHall’s Q1 2014 RPO market analysis that RPO growth would be mid-teens in 2014. RPO is thriving, with vendors reporting growth ranging from the low teens to 30%. And one[...]

  • Outlook for Infosys: Still "a Marathon not a Sprint"?

    Oct 13, 2014, by Rachael Stormonth

    Infosys reported Q2 FY15 results today and new CEO Vishal Sikka took the occasion to share his strategic vision for the company. Sikka is quite an orator, for example declaring his aspiration for Infosys to once again be a bellwether of the IT services sector, and to achieving above average topline growth and margin. Anyone who was looking to learn something more about Sikka’s l[...]

  • Unisys Revamps End-User Computing Offering With Enhanced End-User Experience

    Oct 10, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    As part of its Analyst Day, Unisys provided NelsonHall an update on its end-user computing services activities. The company is aiming to enhance its end-user experience, de-emphasizing its traditional service desk approach and aiming to add alternative channels for connecting end-users and support personnel. As part of this initiative, the company is spreading the usage of its Tech Caf&eacut[...]

  • What is the Fate of Benefits Administration?

    Oct 08, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Concerns have been expressed about the future of the traditional benefits administration market with the advent of private health insurance exchanges: will the market move from a B2B model to a B2C where benefits administration as we know it will disappear?  Rest assured, while the benefits administration market will undergo some transformation, it will not disappear entirely for the follo[...]

  • Event Note: Sitel Focuses on Talent Development and Margin Improvement

    Oct 08, 2014, by Vicki Jenkins

    NelsonHall recently attended Sitel’s analyst day and client advisory board meeting in Las Vegas, where I had the opportunity to discuss CMS market trends. Click here to view a brief video. Sitel wants to be known for creating great experiences, and its focus now is ‘people first’. It recently hired a new chief HR officer, Elsa Zambrano, who has created a new executiv[...]

  • Tech Mahindra Launches Mainframe Application Development and Testing Service

    Oct 06, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    Tech Mahindra has launched Virtualized Mainframe Testing (vMT), a new service that offers clients savings on their mainframe application development and testing costs, especially for applications that are on a maintenance and enhancement/release mode. vMT mostly focuses on reducing consumption of MIPS. In the context of mainframes, reducing MIPs usage is a key lever for lowering costs, as IBM m[...]

  • The HP Break Up: Will it Help Hewlett Packard Enterprise Gain Momentum?

    Oct 06, 2014, by Rachael Stormonth

    Following reports in the WSJ and other media on Sunday, HP confirmed very early this morning that it intends to separate into two public companies: HP Inc: the personal systems and printing businesses; will have Dion Wessler as CEO, Meg Whitman as Chair HP Enterprise: servers, storage, networking, converged systems, services and software businesses, will continue to have Whitman as CEO, wi[...]

  • Tieto To Cut 30% of its Telecoms R&D Services Unit

    Oct 02, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    Tieto is to cut ~900 to ~950 roles. 300 to 350 of the job cuts will be in Finland and the remaining 600 in APAC (China and India) and Eastern Europe (Poland and Czech Republic). The job redundancy program results from the decision by a major client, representing several percentage points of Tieto's revenues, to insource some of its R&D services. The financial impac[...]

  • Wipro Changes its Approach to “Fast and Uncertain”, with Increased Focus on Developing Effective Ecosystems

    Sep 30, 2014, by Andy Efstathiou

    This week Wipro held its first analyst day in the U.S. in over 18 months. During this time, Wipro has conducted a strategic review of its approach to the market, and decided to change its method of engaging clients and prospects.    First CEO TK Kurien opened by describing Wipro’s view of the market: Enterprises were created prior to the current digital era. As a[...]

  • CSS Corp Event Note: New Team to Drive Growth

    Sep 29, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    NelsonHall recently attended CSS Corp’s analyst day and OneWorld conference. The overriding theme of the day was a reinforcement of the company’s direction; CEO Tiger Ramesh emphasized his ambition for CSS Corp to become the leading global tech support service provider, as emphasized in the company’s new by-line “Wired to Support”. A new leadership team has been [...]

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