Enterprises increasingly outsourcing engineering services, including software engineering, mechanical engineering, and embedded engineering.
The global sourcing industry posted a decline in transactions in the first quarter of 2019 as compared to Q4 2018, dropping from 551 transactions to 501, according to Everest Group. Conversely, Q1 saw Global In-house Center (GIC) activity increase vis-à-vis Q4 2018, with the number of new GIC setups and expansions increasing in onshore as well as offshore and nearshore locations.
Everest Group also identified these Q1 global sourcing trends in its recently released Market Vista™: Q2 2019 report:
Large financial services firms, especially banks, are increasingly looking to expand their in-house IT teams and insource parts of their outsourced IT services portfolios.
The United Kingdom witnessed a significant decline in outsourcing activity, primarily due to a decline in contracts signed by banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) enterprises in anticipation of Brexit.
Western Europe saw increased activity driven by an increase in set-ups of engineering-focused GICs in Germany by manufacturing firms and an increase in IT-focused service provider delivery centers in the Netherlands given its skilled and multi-lingual talent pool and well-developed digital infrastructure.
Indian-heritage service providers increased product-focused investment, mainly driven by next-generation technologies and competition from global majors. For example, Genpact acquired RiskCanvas to access its suite of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) solutions, and Tech Mahindra partnered with Rakuten Mobile Network to open a next-generation (4G and 5G) software-defined network lab.
Market Vista™: Q2 2019 features a profile of enterprise spending on engineering R&D (ER&D) and the increasing adoption of outsourcing services in this industry segment. Business ER&D spending stood at over US$739 billion in 2018, with global engineering sourcing constituting 10.9%, or approximately US$80.5 billion. Engineering service providers command a 51% share of this sourcing segment, while GICs account for 49%.
“Since 2016, engineering service providers have grown at a compound annual growth rate of 16.5%, while GIC activity expanded only 6.8% in this same three-year period,” said H. Karthik, partner, Global Sourcing, at Everest Group. “We’re definitely seeing a trend here as enterprises such as Google, Samsung, and Ford explore engagement with engineering service providers and reap the benefits of offshoring. We’ll see this trend continue as service providers invest in building their capabilities in software engineering, mechanical engineering, and embedded engineering.”
Market Vista™: Q2 2019 also addresses major outsourcing deals, Global In-house Centers (GICs) developments, location risks and opportunities, and service provider developments (including latest developments on next-generation technologies such as digital services).
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