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  • Infosys’ Strategy to Ease HR’s Transition to the Cloud

    Jan 23, 2018, by Pete Tiliakos

      With digital transformation continuing to disrupt and force change across industries, cloud technology is at the heart of that disruption and is providing business leaders with the vehicle to transform operations. And this trend has trickled down to HR, where leaders are challenged with more change and disruption than most can accommodate, given their current legacy HR infrastructure[...]

  • 7 Predictions for RPA in 2018

    Jan 22, 2018, by David Mayer

      The RPA sector is defined as one of rapid technological evolution, and every year it seems like what we thought to be bleeding-edge capability in January turns out to be proven and deployed technology long before year’s end. With this rapid pace of growth and maturation in mind, where might the RPA sector be by the end of 2018? Here are seven predictions. The first wave[...]

  • Digital Transformation Continues End-to-End Journey in 2018

    Jan 18, 2018, by David McIntire

      To date, many digital transformation initiatives have been primarily focused on customer-facing technologies. Changing customer preferences and the rise of new digitally native competitors have driven incumbent firms to see customer experience as a source of competitive advantage or as table stakes to maintain relevance. In NelsonHall’s recent survey of IT service buyers across[...]

  • Addressing Political Risks & Regulatory Changes: Priorities for CX Services in 2018

    Jan 17, 2018, by Ivan Kotzev

      In my predictions for the customer experience services industry a year ago, I noted that political risks will replace security concerns as the biggest external threat to the industry. Looking ahead to 2018, regulatory changes and government policies will have a lasting impact on the selection of delivery locations, country investment plans, and market presence. Here I take a closer l[...]

  • CSS Corp’s Contelli Automation Platform Driving Improvements in Enterprise Network Management

    Jan 11, 2018, by David Mayer

      As 2018 begins, the RPA sector is starting to produce more segment specialists from within its vendor base. Whereas just two years ago the sector was still finding its footing in addressing common back- and front-office application automation, enterprise customers today have the luxury of building best-of-breed solutions that often incorporate two or more vendors working in concert t[...]

  • 2018 M&A Outlook for IT Services: More of the Same or Bold Moves Ahead?

    Jan 10, 2018, by Dominique Raviart

      Here I look back at how M&A activity has impacted the IT services industry over the past year and make a few broad predictions for the type of activity to be expected in the next twelve months. 2016 had been marked by some large M&A announcements, with: Hardware companies moving out of services:  HPE announcing the sale of Enterprise Services to CSC (completed i[...]

  • Excelity Enhances APAC Payroll Capability with Automated T&A Tracking and Cognitive Chatbots

    Dec 21, 2017, by Pete Tiliakos

      A key finding from NelsonHall’s recently published Next Generation Payroll Services market analysis is that buyers are now much more focused on automation and other forms of transformative technology that will drive digitalization of their HR operating models. In payroll, as elsewhere in HR, this increasingly takes the form of automating manual transactional tasks and[...]

  • The Wizardry of HR Platforms: 9¾ Examples from 2017!

    Dec 21, 2017, by Nikki Edwards

      2017 has seen HR service providers rethinking their approach to tech development based on latest developments in the wider market. Firstly, developments in platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solutions have been core to driving what appears to be a seamless integration of talent technology/tools stacks. Secondly, software developers have changed their approach, focusing on user experience a[...]

  • PeopleScout Improving the Candidate Experience with Affinix

    Dec 20, 2017, by Gary Bragar

      Recent NelsonHall interviews with the clients of the top ~20 global RPO vendors revealed that candidate communication was rated the most important vendor characteristic, with an importance score of 96%. However, the satisfaction score for candidate communication across all vendor clients was 82%, falling some way short of client expectations. Recognizing the importance of can[...]

  • Assystem Technologies' Acquisition of SQS: Scale Achieved, IoT Services a Major Priority

    Dec 19, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

      In something of a surprise move, Assystem Technologies (AT) recently announced its intention to acquire Germany-headquartered but LSE-listed SQS. AT is offering 825 pence per share, valuing SQS at £281m, and has secured (on an irrevocable basis) 31.4% of the shares of SQS from founders, executive management, and board members. This is a generous offer - 56% over SQS’ shar[...]

  • Impact of Digital on IT Services: Buyer Perspectives from Across Industry Sectors (vlog)

    Dec 15, 2017, by David McIntire

      David McIntire, IT Services Research Director, talks about NelsonHall's recently completed project looking at the attitudes and intentions of IT services buyers. Based on interviews with ~1,000 buyers across 17 industry sectors, the project analyses buyers' key business and IT priorities, digital initiatives, IT spending projections, and the characteristics they look for in&n[...]

  • Intelligent Automation Summit Takeaways: Four Alternative Gain Frameworks for RPA

    Dec 14, 2017, by David Mayer

      At the Intelligent Automation (IA) event in New Orleans, December 6-8, snow in the Big Easy air was not the only surprise. As expected, there was plenty of technological innovation on show in the exhibition hall, but the event also played host to some energized discussions on human-centric gains to be realized from RPA implementation – suggesting that we are indeed moving into [...]

  • Alight Solutions: 2017 Progress Report & 2018 Vision

    Dec 14, 2017, by NelsonHall Analyst

      It has been 10 months since the announcement that Aon was divesting the businesses within its Outsourcing segment to private equity firm Blackstone, and 6 months since Alight was formally launched as a new company, which makes it an ideal time to review its progress and where it is headed in 2018. By all accounts, it was a smooth transition, with client retention remaining high.&n[...]

  • CPG’s Digital CX Future: Notes from HGS Forum

    Dec 13, 2017, by Ivan Kotzev

      I recently attended HGS’ forum on the trends and challenges in CX for the European Consumer Packaged Goods (FMCG) market. In the company’s West London center, clients and prospects including Colgate, Danone, L’Oréal, Nespresso, Nomad Foods, and Mars discussed the ways customer service can drive ecommerce and augment sales. Digital as a force for disruption[...]

  • Atos Makes €4.3bn Unsolicited Offer for Gemalto; Another Bold but Challenging Move

    Dec 13, 2017, by Dominique Raviart

    Atos has made an unsolicited offer for security, SIM cards, and payment cards technology vendor Gemalto. The offer is sizeable at €4.3bn (plus Gemalto’s net debt of €938m at end of H1 2017) financed in cash. It runs until December 15. Gemalto is another major acquisition for Atos: in its fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, Gemalto generated revenues of ~€3bn, with an EBITD[...]

  • Adventures in Blockchain: Mphasis Focuses on Client Revenue Growth, Supporting Compelling Use Cases

    Dec 12, 2017, by Andy Efstathiou

      In this article, I look at Mphasis’ Blockchain initiatives and at the segments they are focusing on for further development with their financial services clients. Mphasis began its Blockchain initiatives in 2016, initiating internal experiments and POCs to understand the technology and how it can be applied to business challenges. Mphasis is working with a global financial s[...]

  • Getronics Under New Ownership Sets Sights on Revenues of €1bn by 2020

    Dec 11, 2017, by John Laherty

      NelsonHall recently had a briefing with senior management at Getronics to discuss the merger of Connectis under the Getronics portfolio. In this short blog, I look at what the Connectis business brings to the wider Getronics group, the aspirational growth targets that have been set by new CEO Nana Baffour, and some of the key focus areas for Getronics moving forward. Baffour becam[...]

  • The Journey for HR Services in 2018: Part 2

    Dec 06, 2017, by NelsonHall Analyst

      In my last blog, I laid out 2018 predictions for two areas of talent management: recruiting and learning (see here). This blog looks at what to expect over the next year for payroll services and benefits administration. Trending topics in these areas over the last year included cloud, compliance, configuration, and consumerization. Payroll The payroll landscape has shifted away[...]

  • The Impact of Digital on IT Services: 2018 IT Spend Projections

    Dec 05, 2017, by David McIntire

      NelsonHall is conducting an analysis of the needs of IT services clients to understand their IT and business priorities and how the growth of digital is impacting their business. In a survey of ~1,000 IT services clients across 17 industries and every region of the world, NelsonHall has identified distinct patterns of user intentions, both in terms of how clients plan to change their[...]

  • Arvato UK&I: Bringing Digital & Automation to CX

    Dec 04, 2017, by Ivan Kotzev

      Recently, I had a chance to visit Arvato’s U.K. and Ireland HQ in Slough, ~20 miles (30km) west of London, to witness its customer experience operations and how the company is applying digital channels and automation. A mix of public and private sector clients Arvato U.K. & Ireland provides customer experience services, finance and accounting (record to report, order [...]

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