Articles about Business Process Outsourcing

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Value of European outsourcing deals plummets

The number of mega outsourcing deals shrank by 25 per cent in Europe for the first quarter of 2015, with just 128 contracts, valued at €1.9 billion (£1.4 billion), according to outsourcing analysts Information Services Group (ISG). David Howie, a partner at ISG, said the figures reflect a trend toward smaller deals, although " …
Kat Hall, 24 Apr 2015

Trustmarque sold to biz process outsourcing specialist Liberata

Business Process Outsourcing biz Liberata has swallowed troubled Microsoft enterprise partner Trustmarque for an undisclosed sum. The solvent sale was concluded late last night, avoiding the need for the York-headquartered reseller to call in the administrators, something that seemed liked a possibility 10 days ago when issues …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2014

Bad news, IT bods: UK's tech outsourcing up 15% last year

IT outsourcing contracts agreed in 2014 totalled £3.44bn in value, with nearly a third of that value accounted for by deals struck in the energy and utilities sector. Those deals were worth £1.05bn and accounted for most of the 187 per cent year-on-year rise in the sector on £373 million spent on all outsourcing deals in the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Feb 2015

Ministry of Justice IT bods to strike over outsourcing fears

Nearly half of the unionised techies at the UK's Ministry of Justice have voted to strike over proposals that could shift IT service work into the private sector. At the heart of the matter is the Cabinet Office's excitingly titled Next Generation Shared Services Strategy, which was published in March 2013: the strategy's …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2014
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Logicalis takes wrapping off shiny Brit-based SMC practice

Troubled Logicalis is, as expected, replicating a pure tech sales consultancy in Blighty to dish out professional services for customers that are looking to overhaul their IT estate. The service management consultancy practice was established in the Netherlands several years back when the integrator acquired some European …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jun 2015
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DfID becomes second ministry to SPURN Cabinet Office IT scheme

Exclusive The Department for International Development is the second Whitehall ministry to shun the Cabinet Office's major back office outsourcing deals, The Register can reveal. The news raises serious questions around the viability of the privately-run shared services centres, both operated by business process outsourcing biz "arvato …
Kat Hall, 28 Sep 2015

UK public sector biz keeps French giant Atos buoyant

Sales at French outsourcing giant Atos rose 5.1 per cent to €9.1bn (£5.9bn) for its full-year 2014, buoyed by UK public sector spend. Net income was €283m (£183m), up a respectable nine per cent from the previous year. However, the firm said when currency exchange was taken into account, sales dropped 1.1 per cent on last year …
Kat Hall, 19 Feb 2015

French outsourcer Atos fattens revenues on UK public sector

French outsourcer Atos posted bumper profits int its first quarter, mainly buoyed by the UK public sector deals. Revenue rose 17.6 per cent to €2.4bn (£1.7bn), compared with the same quarter last year. The UK was the biggest market for the outsourcer, growing 15 per cent to €511m (£367m) compared with the same quarter last year …
Kat Hall, 22 Apr 2015
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Serco CEO Soames brags about £250m sale of BPO private sector biz

Scandal-hit Serco has finally resold its private-sector business process outsourcing (BPO) division to the previous private equity owner Blackstone for £250m, equating to a loss of £165m. The division consists of middle and back-office skills across customer contact, transaction and financial processing, as well as related …
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2015

Good news! Your job's not going to the Philippines

Vietnam is now outsourcers' preferred host nation, but Bulgaria is making a tilt for the top spot, according to real estate outfit Cushman & Wakefield's annual “Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Shared Services Location Index”. The study (PDF) ranks nations by costs, risks and conditions, with a 50/20/30 weighting for each …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Apr 2015
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RSA chief uncans insurance giant's mega IT infrastructure review

Interview Zurich Insurance, Europe’s third-largest insurer with $70bn in revenue and 55,000 staff, hinted last week that it might buy RSA Group. Yet six major acts of M&A have saddled RSA with 15 data centres, managed and run differently and propping up a creaking architecture. Worth £4.5bn and with 19,000 staff and 20 million customers …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Aug 2015

BPO playa Liberata stitches together its resellers' hit squads

Liberata has lobbed together its Microsoft licensing arm Trustmarque and cloudy biz Trinity, with the latter’s brand name set to disappear from view. The business process outsourcing firm added to its technology portfolio last summer with the speedy buy of Trustmarque, which changed accounting practises and then found itself …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jan 2015

Goodbye, Mr Dong: Samsung Galaxy S5 boss disappears through trapdoor

Samsung has parted ways with Chang Dong-hoon, the head of its mobile design team. The doomed exec offered to step down last week and will be replaced by Lee Min-hyouk, Reuters reports. The move follows criticism that the company's flagship Galaxy S5 is not sufficiently innovative to stir the mobile market. Less-than-stellar S5 …
Simon Sharwood, 08 May 2014
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Big Blue bleeds more red in Q4, promises better days to come

The fourth quarter of IBM's fiscal 2014 was a disappointing cap on a year that saw Big Blue's revenues and income both decline significantly since 2013. Total revenues for the quarter were $24.1bn, which was 12 per cent lower than the same period a year ago and missed analysts' expectations. Revenues for the full year didn't …
Neil McAllister, 20 Jan 2015

Trustmarque ready to rock n roll in tech channel again

Interview With the branding issue out of the way, an enlarged Trustmarque has cut costs, embedded the exec team and is hiring - a far cry from the less than certain outlook for the business last summer. The York-based organisation this week merged with sister company Trinity, forming a £170m turnover technology wing of business process …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2015
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Capita: We've spent £150m on acquisitions... SHOW US the MONEY

Serial acquirer Capita IT Services reported a low-single digit revenue jump for the first half of calendar 2014, but given the numerous acquisitions made this looks to be something of a commercial damp squib. The techie arm bulked up sales by just 2.7 per cent year-on-year to £235m in the period, not including the £60m worth of …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jul 2014

Indian DEITY reveals Internet of Things policy

The marvellously-named Indian Department of Electronics and Information technology - DEITY - has created a policy that calls for the nation to create an Internet of Things (IoT) industry worth US$15 billion by 2020. The policy [PDF] looks to leverage other national efforts, including the effort to create 100 “smart” cities …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2014

Trustmarque: £2m profits evaporated after accounting change

A change in revenue recognition wiped £2m off Trustmarque’s profits according to the firm’s strategic and financial report, which also provides more details on its near-collapse and subsequent sale to Liberata. As revealed, the York-based enterprise software licensing biz ran into cash flow difficulties last month after changing …
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2014

It's a bad day to be Serco's CEO... or an investor, come to that

Scandal-hit integrator Serco today issued its fourth profit warning of this fiscal and calendar year, confirmed a £1.5bn write-down and provision to cover to loss-making contracts and effectively exited private sector business process outsourcing. The financial markets reacted negatively, sending the company’s share price …
Paul Kunert, 10 Nov 2014

Transformation feeds outsourcing surge

Public sector spending on ICT and business process outsourcing (BPO) is ready for a surge in 2008, according to research from Kable. New contracts and renewals are set to produce a 10 per cent increase in business to £5.79bn in 2008, followed by growth rates of 6-8 per cent over the next four years, to take the total to £7.53bn …
Kablenet, 25 Jul 2007

IBM offloads customer services biz for half a BEELLION DOLLARS

IBM is planning to outsource its Business Process Outsourcing customer services after last night confirming plans to offload the unit to US tech distie and BPO player Synnex for $505m. Under the terms of the deal, Synnex will cough $430m in cash and $75m in stock to take on 45,000 soon-to-be-ex IBMers operating across a network …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2013

Tamil Nadu's XP migration plan: Go Linux like a BOSS

The Indian State of Tamil Nadu will solve its Windows XP problem by adopting Linux. Tamil Nadu is home to over 70 million people and its capital city is Chennai, a hub for India's business process outsourcing industry second only to Bangalore. The decision to move to Linux is outlined in this letter (PDF) from the State's …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2014

Indian DEITY hands down new manufacturing subsidy plan

India's Department of Electronics and Information Technology – which cheerfully uses the domain name – is making a play to bring more electronics manufacturing work to the sub-continent. India and the Department established a Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (MSIPS) in 2012, offering to rebate up to 25 per …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2014
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EDS: IT outsourcing focus

Electronic Data Systems [EDS] has announced that it is to change its strategy and recast itself as a unified IT outsourcing business. This comes at a time when companies are looking for quantifiable ways to cut IT costs. EDS needs to ensure close interaction with the client to improve services and guarantee customer satisfaction …
Datamonitor, 27 Jun 2003

In praise of outsourcing

Outsourcing will become ubiquitous within five years and has the potential to increase UK gross domestic product by a cool £16bn and close the country's productivity gap by 10 per cent. This upbeat assessment was voiced in a study published today by LogicaCMG which focuses on the macroeconomic impact of outsourcing in the UK. …
Robert Jaques, 19 Jan 2004
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Outsourcing Human Resources: cause for celebration?

The rise in importance of the Human Resources (HR) department within the company structure has gone on unchecked for decades. There was a day when it was simply called payroll, but now its influence stretches right to the top, and it busies itself evaluating employee performance, and generally bewildering all with bureaucracy …
Datamonitor, 13 Aug 2004

Capita Group snaps up travel agent for biz types Expotel

Business process outsourcing group Capita, daddy to Capita IT Services, has slurped business travel booking agent Expotel Group for £16m. Capita grabbed Expotel, which handles UK hotel, business travel and conference booking, to snap onto its existing business travel operations and provide events management as well. Expotel … provider frees Microsoft partner TES from administration

Business process outsourcing firm Liberata IT Solutions, which is responsible for several large government contracts, has devoured Microsoft Gold partner Trinity Expert Systems (TES) in a pre-pack administration. This came after TES succumbed to pressing cash-flow issues. Coventry-based TES called in the receivers Deloitte …
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2013

Unisys watches ClearPath mainframe sales climb

The latest line of ClearPath mainframes from Unisys, launched in October and based on Intel's latest Xeon E5 processors, sold a bit better than expected in the final quarter of last year. A mainframe selling better than expected is news by definition, and good news for Unisys in particular since the company's top brass has …

India’s outsourcers battle for customers in a cloudy universe

Analysis The rumblings started in the late 1990s. Indian services companies were getting into outsourcing. Almost before the news broke, deals followed. Before long, India was a destination for all manner of serious jobs and a byword for getting things done well and at a price western nations struggled to match. Fast forward a decade or …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Mar 2013
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North Korea releases first computer game

Vid Just popped a Wii U under the tree? You poor, poor fool: this Christmas your kids won't clamour for Nintendo's latest, the thumb candy they really want is "Pyongyang Racer", the very first North Korean Computer game! We make that assertion because the in-browser Pyongyang Racer is, at the time of writing, down. Servers at Koryo …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Dec 2012

Philippines tech industries survive floods

To the west of the Philippines' capital, Manila, lies Laguna De Bay, a colossal freshwater lake that has just become the site of what can loosely be called maritime services startups. The new businesses sprung up weeks ago after the annual monsoon hit the Philippines harder than usual. The lake filled, then spilled into …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2012
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Public-sector software and services looking limp

Resellers punting software and IT services (SITS) to the public sector have been warned to prepare for meagre times ahead with only business process outsourcing providing major pockets of growth. This is according to research veterans at TechMarketView (TMV), who claim that compound annual growth rates (CAGR) across the …
Paul Kunert, 09 Sep 2011

Dell storage boss Topgun Thomas leaves 'to pursue a new opportunity'

Darren Thomas, head of Dell's Storage Group, is leaving the company, following several quarters of declining revenue and an influx of new executive blood into Dell. Dell spokesperson Gladtys Elia said: "Darren Thomas has decided to pursue a new opportunity outside of Dell. … Alan Atkinson, vice president and general manager of …
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2012
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Serco ate our IT supplier: Now what? – London boroughs

IT services relationships at the London tri-borough group of Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea are likely to become more complex following the acquisition of Westminster's IT supplier Vertex by Serco. Serco said the acquisition last week, for £55m, brings it additional skills and capabilities to …

UK outsourcing flees abroad

Despite suffering a recent backlash from several high profile contract failures, outsourcing is firmly back in fashion with global businesses dramatically increasing IT and business process outsourcing (BPO) during 2003. According to research published today by Datamonitor, the total value of major global IT services …
Robert Jaques, 21 Jan 2004

HP writes down a whopping $8bn from EDS gobble

Hewlett-Packard has taken a fine-toothed comb to its Enterprise Services business and said it needs to write down $8bn in goodwill assets - presumably most of which come from its $13.9bn acquisition of services giant Electronic Data Systems back in May 2008. HP, which is restructuring, also announced that John Visentin, who was …

'£100m For Sale' sign plonked outside Northgate MS - sources

Northgate Managed Services (NMS) is up for sale and investment banking biz Jefferies International is doing the hawking, claim sources close to the company. "Northgate Managed Services is up for sale, the reality is that the business has been offered to a number of firms," said a person familiar with the matter. It is …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2012

Unisys tastes red ink in mouth after pension chop-slap

Mainframe and services provider Unisys has spent years cleaning up its finances, getting its debt reduced and costs in line with sales so it can show Wall Street some profits. And in the third quarter, weaker demand for short-term services engagements and continuing softness in business with the US federal government held down …

Unisys wallet emptied in rebadged server, storage cash crash

Mainframe maker and services provider Unisys managed to almost hold profits steady in the final quarter of 2011 despite taking a dip in revenues. In the quarter ended in December, Unisys saw its technology sales swoon 18.9 per cent to $150m primarily due to declining sales of third-party equipment including rebranded Dell and …
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Unisys grows in Q1, swings to profit

Mainframe and services seller Unisys saw some growth in the first quarter, with sales up 1.9 per cent to $928.4m thanks to a bump in services bookings and despite a slight downtick in hardware sales. The company swung from a $39.4m loss in the year-ago quarter to a $13.4m profit this time around. In the quarter, technology …
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Mainframes pump up profits at Unisys

Mainframe maker and services provider Unisys continues to improve its financial situation despite the loss of a major contract with the US Transportation Security Agency last fall. The currency exchange rate of the US dollar against other currencies in countries where Unisys does business didn't hurt matters, either. In the …
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Global IT spending wrapped in caution tape

What's black and yellow and stings? Nope, not a bee: the global IT spending budget, tightly wrapped in crime-scene caution tape – that's the continuing prognosis from the economists and IT market watchers at Gartner. "While the challenges facing global economic growth persist – the eurozone crisis, weaker US recovery, a slowdown …

Unisys swings to profit on ClearPath mainframe spike

Mainframe maker and services provider Unisys raked in more dough than it might have expected in its second quarter, thanks to a jump in sales of its ClearPath mainframes – and it used the occasion and the cash to prepay some if its debts to get its balance sheet in order. Knocking the balance sheet into shape and stabilizing …

HP's Whitman: 'I will turn this company around – by 2016'

During a meeting with financial analysts on Wednesday, HP CEO Meg Whitman said her plan to turn around the ailing company was on track, but the restructuring won't be complete until 2016 and investors should expect HP's earnings to shrink even further before the work is done. In August, HP reported a loss of $8.9bn, with …
Neil McAllister, 04 Oct 2012
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Unisys: balance sheet stronger, but sales lower

Unisys continues to feel the squeeze from its larger competitors in systems and services. In Q4 2010, the company reported revenues of $1.04bn, down 9.8 per cent compared to the Q4 2009. It brought $99.2m to the bottom line, a decline of 13.4 per cent. In the quarter, Unisys booked $859.7m in services revenues, off 11 per cent …
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Local councils will carry on splurging on IT

Despite the recession Kable believes UK local government ICT budgets will rise to nearly £4bn by 2016. Research by the publisher of GC News says that growth in technology spending will be driven by transformational outsourcing projects, online channels and mobile working. Its Local Government Forecast: Opportunities in …
Kable, 17 Aug 2010
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Notebook price war slams Dell's revenues, slashes profits

A price war at the low-end of the notebook PC market where Dell has chosen not to participate plus a slump in PC sales where it is fighting to win buyers is wreaking havoc on Dell's financials. In the company's third quarter of fiscal 2013 ended on November 2, consumer mobile PC revenues were down a staggering 30 per cent. The …
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UK software and services market wedged in U-bend

The UK software and IT services (SITS) industry will limp along for at least the rest of this year and the next before staging a very gradual recovery. This is according to bean-counters at TechMarketView, whose stats show the sector has been in annual decline since the recession that started in 2008 – and shows no signs of …
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2011

Fed budget cuts, lower mainframe sales hit Unisys

Lower overall spending by Uncle Sam and a slowdown in ClearPath mainframe purchases combined to push Unisys to a loss in the second quarter. Sales were off 9.6 per cent in Q2 to $937.2m, and the company posted a net loss of $11.6m compared to a gain of $120.2m in the year-ago period. For the first six months of 2011, revenues at …