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  • Convergys to Acquire Stream Global Services, Becoming Number Two CMS BPO Vendor Globally

    Jan 07, 2014, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Convergys is to acquire Stream Global Services for $820m.  With anticipated combined CY 2013 revenues of ~$3bn (Stream ~$1bn, Convergys ~$2.045bn). Convergys will this year become the second largest CMS BPO pure-play by revenue globally, close to Teleperformance (expected CY 2013 revenues of $3.26bn). The purchase price of $820m represents ~80% of Stream’s annual revenues but an impr[...]

  • BPO Becomes More Strategic in 2014

    Jan 01, 2014, by John Willmott

    BPO becoming more strategic is a major theme among the major BPO trends for 2014. The latter includes: 1. BPO will increasingly contribute to the “C-level” vision and not just fine tune operations 2. BPO will increasingly morph into “business services” 3. BPO governance will become more partnership-oriented as BPO is incorporated within client Global Bus[...]

  • Operational Vision Supplants IT Vision with BPO 5.0

    Jan 01, 2014, by John Willmott

    The increasing expectation of buy-side organizations that the prime role of BPO is to help them deliver a transformed approach to business and become “more relevant to their clients” is having a significant impact on the profile of skills required within BPO delivery. Organizations are no longer content with a short-term tidy up and standardization of their processes but are looking fo[...]

  • CMS BPO: Vendor Consolidation Kicks Off 2014

    Dec 20, 2013, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Customer management services (CMS) is no longer the red-headed step-child of the BPO world.  In spite of the exit from this area of IBM, most CMS pureplays are currently achieving improving margins and revenue growth. With multi-channel delivery proving crucial in winning new contracts, and the increasing importance of big data and analytics in the value proposition, 2014 is set to be an extr[...]

  • Accenture Q1 FY 2014 Results: Growth to Accelerate in H2

    Dec 20, 2013, by Rachael Stormonth

    Accenture reported its Q1 FY 2014 results yesterday (for full details see http://research.nelson-hall.com/search/?avpage-views=article&searchid=8635&id=201593&fv=2). Although net revenues of $7.36bn were above prior guidance ($7.00-7.30bn, assuming a negative FX impact of 1%), CEO Nanterme referred to the quarter’s performance as being “in line with expectations&quo[...]

  • Cigniti Planning Further Acquisitions to Support Target to Reach $100m Revenue by FY 2016

    Dec 20, 2013, by Dominique Raviart

    Cigniti Technologies is looking to achieve ~$100m in revenues by FY 2016 (the year ending March 31, 2016. The milestone targets on this three-year journey are ~$50m in FY 2014 and $70m in FY 2015. To give a sense of the scale of this ambition, Cigniti’s FY 2013 revenues were ~$27m. Headcount growth targets are from the current 800 to ~1,200 by end FY 2014, and ~2,500 by fiscal 2016. [...]

  • Norfolk County Council Sees the Light of Information Management

    Dec 18, 2013, by NelsonHall Analyst

    In early December, Norfolk County Council and HP Enterprise Services announced a £26m, five-year contract to develop a cloud-based information hub for service integration and multi-agency collaboration in Norfolk. The ambitions go beyond the information hub with NCC having seen the light of good information management for achieving lasting operational efficiencies in the face of continuing b[...]

  • NelsonHall’s 2014 HRO Predictions By Service Line

    Dec 17, 2013, by Gary Bragar

    Per NelsonHall’s blog of December 12, 2013 was a healthy year for HRO, with overall contract activity up ~37%. We now take a look at what we can expect in 2014 by HRO service line. MPHRO We predict the Global MPHRO market will grow at mid-single digits CAAGR through 2017 The Shared Service Transformation segment will continue to grow mainly as a result of contract expansions and ren[...]

  • LATAM CMS BPO Market: Next Big Wave Forms Around Higher-End Support

    Dec 17, 2013, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Latin America has become an increasingly popular destination for the customer management services (CMS) BPO industry in recent years, outperforming the global CMS market. Will this continue? NelsonHall expects the global CMS BPO market to grow at 3.7% CAAGR through to 2016 with Latin America growing at more than twice that. So what is driving that growth? Much of the growth from this region is [...]

  • Capgemini Looks to Accelerate LatAm Business in 2014

    Dec 16, 2013, by Rachael Stormonth

    NelsonHall recently attended an event hosted by Capgemini Brazil. We were keen to find out about developments in the three and a half years since Capgemini acquired a 61% stake in CPM Braxis, at the time something of a scoop. The acquired capability provided Capgemini with a significant presence in the attractive domestic market of Brazil. But it was dilutive on margins, and management expected th[...]

  • Capgemini BPO in Brazil: Location Strategy and Portfolio Development Support Growth Ambitions

    Dec 12, 2013, by Rachael Stormonth

    NelsonHall recently visited the Capgemini BPO center in Campinas, Brazil, about 100 kilometers to the northwest of the city of São Paulo. Capgemini’s Campinas center is part of a network of BPO centers in Latin America, the others being in Guatemala City; Santiago, Chile; and, most recently, Blumenau, also in Brazil. We had had the privilege several years before to visit the Guatemala[...]

  • 2013 Highlights & Trends in HRO

    Dec 12, 2013, by NelsonHall Analyst

    As 2013 comes to a close, it’s time to recap on what happened in HR BPO this year. It has been a good year for HRO with overall contract activity up ~37% on 2012.  But, it was a year of two halves: H1 activity was down 16% y/y, but the market really picked up in H2, when announced contract activity nearly doubled as benefits administration vendors announced health exchange contract s[...]

  • Mouchel Bounces Back in FY 2013

    Dec 12, 2013, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Mouchel has announced results for FY 2013, for the period ending 30 September 2013:     Revenue was £555.3m       EBIT was £28.1m, a margin of 5.1%. Comparisons with the prior year were not provided as the company in its present from came into being in August 2012. For the new company, for the five weeks to the end of 2012 FY, revenue was[...]

  • Amazon Launches Packaged Virtual Desktop Offering Amazon WorkSpaces

    Dec 06, 2013, by Dominique Raviart

    Amazon Web Services has launched Amazon WorkSpaces, a public cloud-hosted standard virtual desktop offering. The offering mirrors the IaaS Amazon EC2 offerings of Amazon Web Services, with shared IT infrastructures, multi-tenancy, fast provisioning and opex models. Amazon Workspaces features include: A choice of different CPUs, memory, storage Storage is attached to each virtu[...]

  • HP Enterprise Services Exceeds Guidance for FY 2013

    Nov 26, 2013, by Rachael Stormonth

    HP Enterprise Services (ES) has announced fiscal Q4 2013 results, for the period ending October 31, 2013: Revenues were $5,759m, down 9.3% y/y, and down 1% sequentially EBIT was $255m, a margin of 4.4% down 223 bps y/y. Fiscal Q4 2013 revenue (and y/y and sequential revenue growth) by service type was: Infrastructure technology outsourcing $3,563m (-9%, -3%) Application and bu[...]

  • Capita CEO to Retire

    Nov 18, 2013, by Rachael Stormonth

    Capita has announced the retirement of its CEO, Paul Pindar, with effect from February 28, 2014. Pindar will step down after 26 years with the company. Andy Parker, Capita's current Deputy Chief Executive and Joint COO, will succeed Paul as Chief Executive from March 1, 2014.  Dawn Marriott-Sims, currently Executive Director of Capita's Workplace Services division, will be appointed t[...]

  • Maximus, Doing Well and Eyeing Growth in U.K.

    Nov 17, 2013, by NelsonHall Analyst

    Maximus has announced results for FY 2013, the year ending September 30, 2013. Revenue was $1,331m, up 26.8% as stated. Operating income was $188.2m, a margin of 14.1%, up 200 bps. FY 2013 revenue (and growth) by segment was: Health Services $862.9m (+28.6%) Human Services $468.4m (+23.6%). FY 2013 operating income and margin by segment was: Health Se[...]

  • Atos Unveils 2016 Financial Objectives

    Nov 15, 2013, by Dominique Raviart

    Atos has unveiled its Ambitions 2016 plan in whch it has detailed how two of its key service lines (Managed Services and Systems Integration) will evolve over the next three years. Managed Services Managed Services (MS) is planning to grow at a 5% 2013-2016 CAGR with a slight organic growth. The unit has stabilized (organic growth 2011: +1.7% ; 2012; +2.4%;[...]

  • Atos to Float Worldline by Mid-2014

    Nov 15, 2013, by Dominique Raviart

    Atos has unveiled its financial objectives for its Worldline unit. The company is to float Worldline by mid-2014, while keeping a majority stake in the company. Proceeds from the IPO are to finance organic growth and especially acquisitions. Financial objectives for the 2013-2017 period include: Revenue growth of 5% to 7% (2013-2017 CAGR) all organic (2012 revenues €1,066m, +5%; 2013[...]

  • Hexaware Partners with Experitest to Offer Mobile Application Test Automation

    Nov 13, 2013, by Mike Smart

    This follows the announcement by Hexaware of a partnership with Oracle to offer PeopleSoft Test Framework (PTF, see separate article) and indicates an increasing focus of Hexaware on its testing/ quality assurance service line, which achieved an estimated 53.1% y/y growth in Q3. [...]

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