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Peter Bendor-Samuel

Peter Bendor-Samuel founded Everest Group in 1991 with the vision to assist the then nascent outsourcing and global services industry to evolve more powerful and effective mechanisms to create and capture value. Over the past 20 years plus, he has led Everest Group to be on the frontier of the global services industry. To read more, please see Peter Bendor-Samuel’s bio.

How To Identify What Technologies To Invest In For Digital Transformation | Blog

By | Blog, Digital Transformation

Unfortunately, two common situations in digital transformation cause CIOs (or others leading the transformation) to deliver little or no business value. An Everest Group study last year found that 73% of the digital transformations that we studied failed to provide any value whatsoever, and 78% failed to achieve their business objective. Put another way, only 22% achieved their business objective. In both common situations that lead to delivering little or no value, the executives leading the transformation took a technology-first approach. In this blog, I’ll explain how this leads to digital transformation failures and explain an alternative approach that succeeds in delivering value.

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Why is Leadership Changing in India’s Service Provider Firms? | Blog

By | Blog

Leading service providers in India are going through substantial change due to executive leadership churn. The question is: is this bad? To answer, let’s look at what’s driving the churn and how long it’s likely to continue, and why.

Take Cognizant, for example. The firm has gone through leadership change for some time. First, it changed the chairman of the board and a few board members. Then it changed the CEO. With the recent resignations of Debashis Chaterjee, EVP and President, Global Delivery, and Prasad Chintamaneni, EVP and President, Global Industries and Consulting, we’re now seeing turnover in the next level down in executive leadership. And I believe we can expect more turnover.

Similar churn has been happening at other services companies given the fact that each of the top five India heritage companies announced a new CEO in the past three years.

What’s Driving the Executive Churn?

Underpinning the leadership turnover is the providers’ move to a new business model. They shifted away from struggling with the issues of the labor arbitrage model and moved to the digital platform model. As companies move down this path, I think it’s natural for their leadership to evolve.

Evolving the executive leadership is natural because the old guard must give way to the new guard – firms must bring in fresh thinking. The prejudices, paradigm and old rules of thumb don’t work in the new digital model (or, at least, only a few of them work). To succeed in this transition, the firms must change their thinking. One way to do that is changing the leadership.

The offshore services majors have extraordinarily deep talent benches. To keep their deep talent pools, they need to provide opportunities for them to progress and move on to more senior roles. When the senior teams move on, it opens opportunities for this talent. And it’s an opportunity to being in some new blood from the outside. That talent combination can be quite healthy, particularly at a time where companies are no longer scaling the known, existing model. Instead, they are moving into uncharted waters with a new business model that is evolving and being defined.

Another manifestation of the executive leadership churn is taking place at TCS, which is handling the digital shift differently. The firm reorganized to give its deep talent pool opportunities and new responsibilities. Instead of executives leaving TCS, we see a substantial reorganization that opens opportunities for the young blood, new talent, to take on more executive responsibilities. TCS handled this in a different mechanism to achieve the same goals as Cognizant – bringing new blood through. TCS retained its old blood by giving them different responsibilities and by shaking things up and moving people around.

This is what’s happening, and it affects pretty much all the service industry’s firms.

How Long Will the Leadership Churn Continue?

The executive leadership churn is predicated upon the fundamental industry shift into a new business model, which naturally causes this turnover. The turnover is healthy and inevitable, given the degree of organizational change going on.

I think it’s prudent to watch for too much of a good thing. However, the turnover is inevitable. I believe we’ll see more change as companies navigate and embrace the new digital future and move deliberately into that future.

Substantial Change as HR Becomes Data Driven and Employee-Oriented | Blog

By | Blog, Talent

The need to change is coming to the HR world, and it’s happening quickly. It will necessitate substantial changes in the HR mind-set, the way HR groups are organized, the supporting technology and the amount of resources invested in HR. What is driving this incredibly changing universe of HR? And what does it mean for the future of enterprise HR and for third-party HR service providers?

Rapidly changing workforce demographics, coupled with imminent talent deficits, has shifted the HR spotlight to the employee experience rather than an enterprise-facing experience. Thus, it’s now necessary for companies to take a direct-to-consumer approach (the “consumer” being an existing or potential employee).

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Journey Migrating to Hybrid Cloud has Three Issues Crucial to Success | Blog

By | Blog, Cloud & Infrastructure

When companies undertake digital transformation, it’s crucial that they keep executive and organizational support throughout the multi-year journey. An effective strategy for getting and sustaining that support is to focus on the “moments that matter” to the executives and/or users. Those are the moments (or events, decisions, actions) that comprise the most important issues to decide and evolve on the journey – things that the company must get right.

Leaders must not only communicate effectively about those moments but also deal with the related challenges along the way. Otherwise, progress on the digital transformation journey will slow or the journey will be derailed and likely will fail. To avoid either of these outcomes, let’s consider three moments that matter in a common digital initiative – migrating to a hybrid cloud environment.

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Need for Vendor Management in Procurement To Transform | Blog

By | Blog

Historically, vendor management teams built strong skill sets in acquiring services at low/competitive unit-cost prices and measuring vendor performance. But the world changed, and there is a growing misalignment between the purchasing and vendor management and the business units they serve. Businesses say the vendor management teams buy things cheaply but don’t buy the things that meet the business needs or deliver the outcomes the business wants. Businesses are asking for more value, and it’s not unusual for Everest Group’s vendor management and CPO clients to ask us for help in how they can better partner with their company’s business. This blog looks at how the current practices are ineffective in aligning with the business and how vendor management needs to change so it can deliver the value the business expects.

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Issues in CPO And Sourcing Organization Digital Effectiveness | Blog

By | Blog, Digital Transformation

There is a useful framework or construct for activities and issues that are critical to an organization’s success. We call these issues “moments that matter.” By focusing on the activities in moments that matter, an organization can ensure that employees and managers are effective in their jobs; it’s also a way to differentiate between hygiene activities and critical activities. Take the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) role or sourcing organization, for instance. Consider the following moments that matter to their success so you can ensure they are equipped for the moments that matter to your company. These moments and activities separate CPO organizations that are highly effective from those that merely go through the motions

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Digital Enables Shared Services Centers To Deliver New Wave of Business Impact | Blog

By | Blog, Digital Transformation, Shared Services/Global In-house Centers

The number of shared services centers is growing, and enterprises are also expanding the size of their existing centers. Why? A key driver is that digital transformation enables shared service centers (also referred to as “Global in-house Centers” (GICs)) to deliver a new wave of business impact to their parent organizations. Digital technologies such as analytics, automation, and other enabling technologies allow GICs to drive their enterprises’ digital agendas. In fact, Everest Group’s market research shows that the share of new GIC setups that supported digital services was 52% in 2018. However, it’s important to note that some GICs perform better than others and deliver superior outcomes in driving digital agendas. What makes the difference?

In Everest Group’s report, “Digital Maturity in GIC – Pinnacle Model Analysis 2018,” we identified the characteristics of what we refer to as “Pinnacle GICs”™ – global shared services centers that stand apart from other GICs for their business outcomes and capability maturity. Pinnacle GICs achieve superior business outcomes because of their advanced capabilities. We study these best-of-the-best GICs to provide insights into key enablers for desired outcomes and investments required for the greatest speed to impact.

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Persistent Team Vs Contract Labor Crucial In Solving Business And IT Misconnects | Blog

By | Blog, Digital Transformation, Talent

A major frustration between business units and their enterprise IT organizations is the issue of employee churn. The same issue affects relationships between enterprise IT and third-party service providers. Let’s look at how a company’s talent model affects whether the results of the IT work are consistent with the needs and desires of the business.

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Digital Brings Challenge To Direct-To-Consumer Model | Blog

By | Banking, Financial Services & Insurance, Blog

Historically, many companies have gone through channels to communicate about services and products with potential consumers. Insurance companies are a great example of this, as they typically go through broker-dealers, agents or wholesalers. But in today’s world where millennials and younger generations want to engage themselves in the buy, exclusively going through channels is not acceptable. Ideally, these consumers look for an e-platform, an experience on their phone or the Internet in which to engage. They like to do the research themselves and like to make their own decisions. But for companies, providing this kind of experience to consumers is far more complicated than it seems at first.

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Digital Transformation Changes Role Of Purchasing Organizations | Blog

By | Blog, Digital Transformation

The role of CPOs and their organizations grew over the last 10 to 15 years by institutionalizing consistent disciplines in acquiring products and services. There is no doubt that they made a strong contribution to the earnings of organizations. But in the context of digital technologies and services, the nature of the buying process is changing. Thus, digital transformation poses an existential threat to CPO organizations.

The importance of corporate CPO organizations was based on the foundation that there was tremendous value in introducing consistent disciplines in acquiring products and services. This resulted in a practice of “three bids and a buy,” which is the practice for most current purchasing vehicles and the classic request for proposal process in the case of third-party services. Most products and services, particularly for indirect spend, now are shepherded under the domain of the CPO organization.

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