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  • NelsonHall Launches “Speed-to-Source” Vendor Evaluation Tool for RPO

    Feb 13, 2014, by Gary Bragar

    NelsonHall, the leading global BPO and IT outsourcing analyst firm, has today launched a new tool to assist Strategic Sourcing Managers in assessing vendor capability in Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO). The RPO tool is available to NelsonHall clients here and is also available for a limited period free-of-charge to strategic sourcing managers. The tool covers a number of RPO busin[...]

  • Hartlepool Council Goes for a Safe Bet with ICT Partnership Award to Northgate PS

    Feb 10, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    The new deal between Hartlepool Council and Northgate Public Services (PS) shows how old-style local authority partnership contracts can evolve. This, is a low risk deal for Hartlepool Council, unlike other local authority partnerships of yester-year that failed to deliver.  For a start, Northgate has provided the Council’s IT services since 2001 and it has already established a presenc[...]

  • Webhelp Continues to Expand in Europe

    Feb 10, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Webhelp is to acquire SNT, a Netherlands based CMS vendor. SNT has 3,500 agents across eight sites in Europe with revenues of 77m. The combined company will be called Webhelp SNT following the acquisition which is to be completed in twelve months.  This acquisition will give Webhelp a significant Dutch presence and will bolster its global agent headcount to ~21,500, and increase its a[...]

  • Genpact: Slow Progress on Transformation Strategy in 2013 - Unveils Next Phase of Plan

    Feb 07, 2014, by Rachael Stormonth

    Genpact has just released Q4 and full year 2013 results. In terms of revenue performance, Q4 was back to double digit y/y growth, albeit at just 10.0%. Global Client revenues were up 13.3% y/y, but this the lowest Global Client growth rate for some time. Full year 2013 Global Client revenue growth of 16.4% was led by the BFSI, Life Sciences and Hi-Tech verticals. Q4 2013 operating margin was[...]

  • Not All Payments Vendors are Making the Grade: Contrasting Alliance Data and First Data

    Feb 06, 2014, by Andy Efstathiou

    2013 was a very strong year for financial services BPO providers, especially transaction processors. However, not all vendors have fared well. Let's compare two card processing vendors headquartered in the U.S.: First Data and Alliance Data. First Data:  First Data announced Q4 2013 revenues were up 1% y/y to $2.8bn. Q4 2013 revenues (and y/y revenue gr[...]

  • CSC Q3 FY 2014 Results: Progress on Cost Take Out and Portfolio Development in FY 2014; Looking for Growth in Commercial Businesses in FY 2015

    Feb 04, 2014, by Rachael Stormonth

    This was another quarter of margin expansion for CSC, across all three reporting segments, driven primarily by cost takeout efforts, which have been huge. And cash flow is improving: FCF guidance for the full year has been revised upwards to ~$600m. FY 2014 has also been a year of rebuilding the portfolio, with partnerships a key element. FY 2015 will be a year when we should begin to see growt[...]

  • IBM Connect 2014: Spotlight on Kenexa

    Feb 04, 2014, by Gary Bragar

    The theme of last week’s IBM Connect Conference was Energizing Life’s Work. There was also a concurrent Kenexa World Conference which joined the IBM Connect general sessions. When IBM acquired Kenexa for $1.3bn in December 2012 (with Kenexa integrated into IBM’s Software Group and operationally aligned to IBM GPS), much was written at the time of how this would strengthen IBM&[...]

  • Strong Third Quarter for Firstsource As it Continues to Realign its Portfolio

    Feb 03, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Firstsource has just announced its strongest quarter since FY 2013. Revenue was up 12.1% y/y to Rs. 7,998m (~$128m) and margins increased 210 bps y/y to 9.3%. The margin improvement is due in part to Firstsource’s consolidation of unprofitable accounts in both its customer management business and in domestic accounts in India and Sri Lanka. Telecoms and media, Firstsource&r[...]

  • CSC and HCL Tech Form Innovative Partnership on Application Modernization

    Feb 03, 2014, by Dominique Raviart

    CSC and HCL Technologies have announced a strategic partnership for application modernization and IT cloud migration services. The two companies are to: Offer application modernization services around migrating applications to the cloud. The service will rely on several IPs, including the recently CSC-acquired ServiceMesh Enhance their existing vertical-specific app modernization o[...]

  • Wipro Raises the Stakes on its Commitment to Mortgage and Loan BPO

    Jan 31, 2014, by Andy Efstathiou

    Wipro is to acquire mortgage due diligence and risk management services provider Opus Capital Markets Consultants LLC (Opus CMC) for $75m to enhance its mortgage BPO capabilities. (See tracker article #201521 for acquisition details). Wipro's existing mortgage BPO capabilities include: 850 FTEs in origination and administration BPO BPO services in loan originations and administratio[...]

  • Serco's Woes Continue Despite Clearance by U.K. Government to Bid for New Contracts

    Jan 31, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Serco has updated its guidance for 2013 and 2014 following its clearance by the U.K. government to bid for new contracts.  Serco expects a mid-single digit percentage organic decline on 2013 revenue due to: Lower levels of incremental work won across the group to date Attrition from contracts lost such as electronic monitoring Volume reductions in its Australian immigration detent[...]

  • J.P. Morgan Exits U.K. Fund Transfer Agency Business to Reduce Unprofitable Operations

    Jan 31, 2014, by Andy Efstathiou

    J.P. Morgan has decided to exit its unprofitable U.K. fund transfer agency business. The exit will take place in 2014. The impact of the exit will be that funds currently with administration fee pricing as low as 0.04% will face pricing closer to 0.15 % (an increase of 375).  Transfer agency services include: Recording changes in share ownership  Canceling and issuin[...]

  • Capita Gears up for London Congestion Charging Contract but at What Price?

    Jan 29, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Earlier this month Capita confirmed that it had won back the London congestion charging contract from IBM. The contract with TfL is for £145m for five years starting from November 2015, with an additional five-year extension option. The scope of the new contract has expanded to include traffic enforcement notice processing for penalty charge notices for bus lane and yellow box junc[...]

  • Another Good Year for TSYS in 2013: Crosses $2Bn in Revenue in a Strong Payments Market

    Jan 28, 2014, by Andy Efstathiou

    TSYS' full year 2013 revenues (including reimbursables) were $2.1bn, a growth of 14.0%. The underlying fundamentals of the business (number of accounts on file and transaction volumes) grew aggressively in 2013, increasing 13% and 15% respectively.  In 2013 TSYS continued to enjoy strong revenue and earnings growth. Growth in the merchant business is continuing[...]

  • Xerox Services Q4 2013 Results: Needs to Improve Margin In 2014

    Jan 24, 2014, by Rachael Stormonth

    Xerox Services financial performance in Q4 and full year 2013 had some clear positives. Looking at signings: Full year 2013 signings were up 20%, with BPO and ITO renewal rate at 92%, above the target range of 85% to 90% and 7 points higher than 2012. And new business signings was up 9% in BPO and up and up 23% in Document Outsourcing (DO) In Q4 2013, overall signings TCV was flat y/y w[...]

  • What to Expect in Benefits Administration in 2014

    Jan 23, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    2013 proved to be an exciting year in benefits administration.  In the U.S., much of the focus was on corporate health exchanges for active employees while the U.K. was focused on auto-enrollment (AE).  Specific highlights of the year in the U.S. included: Aon Hewitt: added 15 clients to its corporate health exchange (total number of clients is at 18) Mercer: added 52 clients [...]

  • Will WAHA Come of Age in 2014?

    Jan 22, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Work at home agent (WAHA) CMS BPO specialist Arise Virtual Solutions announced this week it is hiring 6,500 WAHAs (who will be equivalent to 3,250 FTEs) across Arizona, North Carolina, Texas, Michigan and Virginia. This marks a turnaround for Arise after what was a difficult 2013 marked by loss of volume in some key contracts and delays in new signings. These hires will represent a 26% increase[...]

  • NelsonHall Launches “Speed-to-Source” Vendor Evaluation Tool for Learning BPO

    Jan 22, 2014, by Gary Bragar

    NelsonHall, the leading global BPO and IT outsourcing analyst firm, has today launched a new tool to assist Strategic Sourcing Managers in assessing vendor capability in Learning BPO. The Learning business process outsourcing BPO tool is available to NelsonHall clients at http://research.nelson-hall.com/sourcing-expertise/hr-outsourcing/ and is also available for a limited period free-of-charge[...]

  • Capita's Cedar Grows in U.K's Police Sector

    Jan 22, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Capita acquired Cedar HR back in September 2011 for £15m to bring new market opportunities to the group. At the time there was much talk of police turning to technology and outsourcing for efficiency but a period of indecision preceded and followed the first-ever election of police and crime commissioners in November 2012. Against this backdrop, the Cedar seed has slowly geminated and starte[...]

  • NelsonHall’s HR Program Just Gets Bigger

    Jan 22, 2014, by Gary Bragar

    NelsonHall’s HR team has undertaken a review of our programs and in response to customer feedback and market requests and will be launching a Managed Services Program (MSP) in 2014. The MSP program will supplement the already established HR programs: Multi-process HR BPO services. Payroll Services Benefits Administration Recruitment Process Outsourcing Learning BPO. T[...]

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