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  • Disruptive Forces and Their Impact on BPO: Part 3 - Labor arbitrage is dead – long live labor arbitrage

    Nov 09, 2014, by John Willmott

    There’s another disruptive force in BPO that no-one likes to talk about. It’s called labor arbitrage. Everyone is keeping a bit quiet about this one. It’s nothing like as sexy as robotics, or analytics, or SMAC, but it’s also a disruptive force. One side of labor arbitrage within labor arbitrage is relatively defensive, but in spite of automation and robotics, mature &ld[...]

  • Disruptive Forces and Their Impact on BPO: Part 2 - Analytics is becoming all-pervasive and increasingly predictive

    Nov 07, 2014, by John Willmott

    Robotics has moved incredibly fast over the past year, but so has analytics. Analytics has been around in support of process improvement initiatives & Lean Six sigma projects for many years. It has also been present in areas like fraud analytics, which means at a personal level that you now have to re-instate your credit card most weeks. However, analytics is now becoming much more pervasiv[...]

  • Disruptive Forces and Their Impact on BPO: Part 1 The Robots are Coming – Is this the end of BPO?

    Nov 06, 2014, by John Willmott

    This blog is the first of seven in a series looking at six disruptive forces and their implications for BPO. Some of these are widely talked about, others less so. This first blog sets the scene and looks at the impact of robotics. Subsequent blogs will consider the implications of: Analytics  becoming all-pervasive and increasingly predictive Labor arbitrage is dead – long live l[...]

  • HCL Awarded 11-Year Life BPO Contract Renewal to Consolidate Services by Chesnara

    Aug 19, 2014, by John Willmott

    Chesnara plc, the life assurance consolidator, has awarded a life & pensions BPO contract renewal to HCL Insurance BPO Services Limited ('HCL') which consolidates the services provided in the existing arrangements and which extends the service for a further 11 years. The service scope across the various books remains unchanged, as do the broad service levels. HCL’s original co[...]

  • CSC Expands Partnership with IBM to Enhance Capability as Cloud Service Integrator and Manager

    Aug 09, 2014, by John Willmott

    CSC has expanded its partnership with IBM to enhance its ability to offer hybrid cloud and mobility services. In particular, the partnership emphasizes CSC's continuation and development of its role as a cloud service integrator and manager, rather than as a direct provider of capital-intensive IaaS services. CSC has a large client base for traditional data center management, frequently using [...]

  • IBM Removes Major Inhibitor to Hybrid Cloud Adoption by Patenting Technique to Manage Location of Cloud Data

    Aug 09, 2014, by John Willmott

    IBM has patented a technique to allow users to dynamically choose or change the location where public and private cloud data is stored.This is clearly a very important development in legitimizing cloud use for production applications, where country and industry regulators can take a very strong view on the geographies in which data, particularly customer data, can be stored. Potentially th[...]

  • NelsonHall Launches Self-Service Market Forecasting Tool

    Aug 07, 2014, by John Willmott

    NelsonHall, the leading global BPO and IT outsourcing analyst firm, has today launched a new tool, the NelsonHall Self-Service Forecasting Tool” to assist organizations in downloading market forecasts customized to their business requirements. This new tool is aimed at assisting executives in accessing the precise market size, growth, and vendor share information they require rapidly and [...]

  • HCL Launches Enterprise Function as a Service to Support Financial Services Firms in Creation of Utility Models

    Apr 07, 2014, by John Willmott

    HCL has launched a service called EFaaS, Enterprise Function as a Service, to address reducing the operations costs of organizations through creation of specialized utilities. The service is initially targeted at capital markets firms, retail banks, and insurance companies and at the finance, procurement, HR, risk & compliance, legal and marketing functions. The EFaaS service has arise[...]

  • Infosys Launches Process Progression Model to Provide Common Reference Model for Process Transformation

    Feb 27, 2014, by John Willmott

    Infosys BPO has launched its Process Progression Model (PPM), a framework aimed at assessing current process maturity and providing a roadmap for process transformation. In particular, PPM acts a high level dashboard and common reference model for communicating with clients. Infosys PPM has been in active use with Infosys BPO clients for approximately 6 months, succeeding the company's &quo[...]

  • 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[...]

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