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  • Steria Ventures Into New Deal with U.K. Government

    Nov 01, 2013, by Rachael Stormonth

    This is Steria’s largest ever award: the press release refers to the contract being potentially worth over £1bn over 10 years (7 plus 3): with the foundation clients, the value is closer to £500m, depending on what additional business Steria brings in to the JV, its lifetime value could be worth much more than £1bn. The contract was signed last night: the conclusion, sin[...]

  • Accenture to Acquire PCO Innovation to Enhance PLM Capabilities

    Oct 31, 2013, by Rachael Stormonth

    Accenture has announced its intention to acquire PCO Innovation, a consulting and systems integration group specializing in PLM software. PCO Innovation offers PLM strategy and process consultancy, application architecture, system implementation, data migration and application management. It specializes in PLM platforms including Dssault Systèmes, PTC and Siemens PLM. Today’s an[...]

  • Axelos to Accelerate Growth of U.K. Government's Best Practice Portfolio

    Oct 28, 2013, by NelsonHall Analyst

    NelsonHall recently had a briefing with Axelos, the Capita and Cabinet Office JV that has been set up to commercialize the Government’s Best Practice Methodologies portfolio. Axelos was incorporated in July 2013, 51% owned by Capita, 49% by the Cabinet Office but governed by a separate board from the parent organizations. The company will be fully operational from January 1, 2014. Axelos [...]

  • HR Technology Conference in Review: Spotlight on RPO

    Oct 24, 2013, by Gary Bragar

    This year’s 16th Annual HR Technology conference in Las Vegas had the highest turnout yet, 8,000 attendees. Below are highlights of just two of the sessions we attended, and of briefings with ManpowerGroup Solutions and Randstad Sourceright. All were focused on RPO: Pinstripe and Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) RPO Presentation Keys to success include: Client view of Pinstrip[...]

  • Wipro Q2 FY 2014 Results: Signs of Progress

    Oct 22, 2013, by Rachael Stormonth

    Wipro published its Q2 FY 2014 results today: full details are available to NelsonHall database or Key Vendor Assessment program subscribers here http://research.nelson-hall.com/search/?avpage-views=article&searchid=3481&id=201189&fv=2. There are some clear positives in Wipro’s performance this quarter: Revenue just topped prior guidance ($1,620-$1,630m), [...]

  • Cigniti Details its Mobile Testing Offering

    Oct 21, 2013, by Dominique Raviart

    Cigniti’s mobile application testing road-map prefigures how overall software testing is likely to evolve over the next few years. Like a number of its competitors, Cigniti has launched a centralized service consolidated across labs, therefore allowing economics of scale. The company is able to share costs of its device estate investment across clients, at a minimal price i.e.[...]

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

    Oct 17, 2013, 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 Payroll BPO. The Payroll business process outsourcing BPO tool is available to NelsonHall clients at http://research.nelson-hall.com/  and is also available for a limited period free-of-charge to strategic sourci[...]

  • HP ES Turnaround Strategy Update - New Style of IT, New Style of HP ES

    Oct 17, 2013, by Rachael Stormonth

    HP recently provided an update on its turnaround program at a securities analyst meeting in the U.S.  One major takeaway from the briefing is that HP ES, in particular, is taking additional steps to rebuild and strengthen its business. Looking firstly at the HP group-wide picture, turnaround measures till now have included restructuring, retooling, and reducing costs.  Successes so fa[...]

  • BT and Dolby launch BT MeetMe with Dolby Voice

    Oct 16, 2013, by Mike Smart

    NelsonHall recently attended a briefing with BT in which it launched MeetMe with Dobly Voice, into its audio conferencing service. BT MeetMe with Dolby Voice aims to improve the ease of conferencing calls by: Improving the audio quality – audio will use a high quality Dolby codec ‘of reasonably similar size’ to competing conferencing systems Voice Separation &[...]

  • Capita Joins Cloud Rush - Update

    Oct 15, 2013, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Capita IT Services recently briefed NelsonHall about its newly unveiled horizontal cloud services. Capita Private Cloud is built on VCE Vblock Systems’ converged infrastructure with data storage provided in Capita’s two data centers in the U.K. Services include the usual utility computing, multi-tenanted, with virtual servers dedicated to clients. Capita will migrate its existing opera[...]

  • Highlight on Aon Hewitt

    Oct 14, 2013, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Aon Hewitt has come a long way since the merger of the two companies in 2010.  2012 revenues were $3.9bn, accounting for a little more than one-third of Aon plc’s total revenue. Across its HR Solutions business, which includes both consulting and outsourcing, Aon Hewitt has ~30,000 employees, ~20,000 clients, and operates in ~90 countries. Organizationally, the company is divided int[...]

  • Capgemini Elaborates on its SAP- and Amazon- Based MDM Offering

    Oct 07, 2013, by Dominique Raviart

    Capgemini Group, through its Mobile Solutions (MS) unit, has briefed us on its recent mobile device management (MDM) offering, called Mobile Secure, launched with SAP and Amazon Web Services in May 2013 Capgemini MS has designed this offering to be as affordable as possible: the offering is marketed at a price of €1/$1.11 per device per month. It is based on SAP Afaria (acqu[...]

  • Accenture Shakes Up Procurement BPO Market with Acquisition of Procurian

    Oct 03, 2013, by Rachael Stormonth

    Accenture announced today that it is to acquire Procurian, the largest procurement BPO pureplay globally, for $375m. Around Procurian 780 employees are expected to join Accenture on completion of the transaction, which is expected to close by the end of 2013. This is a major consolidation of the procurement BPO vendor landscape, with, by NelsonHall’s estimate, the number two player global[...]

  • Learning Unleashed on Mobile: The E-learning Take II

    Sep 27, 2013, by Gary Bragar

    E-learning has been around for over 10 years, so what has changed? In a nutshell, the proliferation of employees with internet enabled devices. Last week, Raytheon hosted a symposium in London which considered how companies benefit from tapping into the social internet age to maximize learning value across employees and customers, and examples were provided with case studies. Whether you are st[...]

  • BNY Mellon Enhances Securities Lending Collateral Management Platform with a Central Securities Depository

    Sep 26, 2013, by Andy Efstathiou

    This CSD based in Brussels has the licensing to address compliance issues (which are expensive for an individual institution to address) in a cost-effective manner for the European market. This is an early move in a very important area of securities processing that changing regulations are impacting heavily. [...]

  • Infosys Maintains Focus on Infosys 3.0

    Sep 24, 2013, by Dominique Raviart

    NelsonHall recently attended an Infosys analyst event in Europe, where it was briefed by Infosys on progress in its ‘Infosys 3.0’ strategy. The company is looking to build its Consulting & Systems Integration (C&SI) and Product & Platform Solutions (PPS) businesses while further strengthening its core Business and IT Services (BITS) businesses; the intent remains to deri[...]

  • Sitel Hosts Analyst and Client Advisory Event in Las Vegas

    Sep 20, 2013, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Sitel has restructured its sales team, in August last year it centralized its sales team and hired a head of commercial activity who is involved in all major contracts. At the moment Sitel has 83 account managers excluding a five person sales team in the U.K. whose remit is to fill 1-10 seat excess capacity in centers. Revenue growth from new business last year was offset to an extent by Sitel&rsq[...]

  • SQS Management Elaborates on H1 2013 Results

    Sep 19, 2013, by Dominique Raviart

    SQS management has recently elaborated on its recent H1 2013 performance. Revenues were €108m up 4.9% y/y and up ~5.9% (NelsonHall estimate) organic. Adj. EBIT margin was 4.6% up 50 bps y/y. Activities per Service Line Managed Services (MS) revenues were up 24% to €42m (39% of total SQS revenues). Growth continues, but at a decelerating pace (H1 2011: +247%, H2 2011: +89%; H1 2012:[...]

  • IBM Makes the Leap to Next Generation Cloud with SoftLayer

    Sep 18, 2013, by NelsonHall Analyst

    NelsonHall recently attended IBM SmartCloud Analyst Day in London during which IBM highlighted the most recent developments in its cloud strategy against the backdrop of its acquisition of SoftLayer, a significant player in the cloud space. SoftLayer offerings include on-demand dedicated servers and virtual cloud servers, offered in public and private models. Since the acquisition com[...]

  • Genpact and Markit Partner to Offer Centralized Client On-boarding Solution for Capital Markets Firms

    Sep 16, 2013, by Andy Efstathiou

    Changes in compliance requirements are the highest priority right now at capital markets firms. To date little has been done to address the required changes anticipated. This initiative to address KYC and client on-boarding is one of the earliest attempts to implement a response to the changing regulatory requirements. This announcement of cooperation with two of the largest global banks is a[...]

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