Procurement Outsourcing Market Projected To Grow 20-Plus Percent This Year | Press Release

DALLAS ─ The multi-process Procurement Outsourcing (PO) market witnessed increased activity in 2009 with the number of new contract signings and extensions increasing 30 and 90 percent, respectively, compared to 2008, according to the Procurement Outsourcing Annual Report 2010 by Everest Group, a global consulting and research firm. Everest projects the PO market will grow in excess of 20 percent in 2010 and reach nearly US$1.3 billion in annual contract value (ACV) that represents a managed spend of nearly US$170 billion.

In 2009, the PO market witnessed increased levels of interest and market activity, but average contract values dropped due to conservative buyers signing smaller contracts because of the prevailing uncertain economic conditions. In the longer term, Everest expects these buyers to grow the scope of their PO engagements and in turn fuel future market growth.

As the global economy revives, Everest’s PO market projections include:

  • End-of-term activity will pick up over the next three years involving a book of business valued at US$2.2 billion
  • The small/medium-sized business (SMB) segment will see higher adoption levels of single-process PO contracts but will be targeted by suppliers offering new platform-based offerings, including Software as a Service (SaaS) as a delivery model
  • Buyers will favor PO contracts that are either transaction-focused or sourcing-focused engagements, and most buyers will follow a phased approach with an end vision of source-to-pay (S2P)

“Buyers in last year’s down economy were averse to risk and thus inclined to start small and adopt sourcing-centric approaches to generate quick savings,” said Katrina Menzigian, Vice President, BPO Research. “Buyers are now poised to expand sourcing-focused contracts into transactional services. Contracts that exploit the synergies between Finance and Accounting Outsourcing (FAO) and PO, especially in the procure-to-pay areas, will see increased market traction.”

Other developments in the 2009 PO market included:

  • Single process deals increased, comprising half of all contracts signed last year compared to only 25 percent in 2007
  • Manufacturing, consumer goods, and retail led adoption while financial services and hi-tech showed a decline
  • The United States led PO adoption, accounting for 70 percent of new TCV signed
  • Outsourcing of non-core procurement spend on IT/telecom and for services such as marketing and sales, and human resources increased
  • The managed services model, in combination with performance-based incentives, is being extensively leveraged to provide a skin-in-the-game for suppliers

Suppliers Accenture, IBM and ICG Commerce together account for nearly 80 percent of the overall market in ACV, but regional leadership positions continue to exist with players such as Xchanging and 4C Associates in the UK market. Other suppliers in the report analysis include buyingTeam, CapGemini, Corbus, DSSI, Genpact, Global eProcure, HCL, HP, Infosys BPO, TCS, Wipro and WNS. Emerging suppliers include Hubwoo, OPI, Steria and SureStock.

“We expect to see more suppliers enter the market as well as the continuing emergence of alliances and partnerships between procure-to-pay (P2P) and sourcing-focused suppliers to compete against global end-to-end S2P suppliers,” said Saurabh Gupta, Research Director. “While most suppliers are aspiring to build S2P capabilities, suppliers will continue to willingly undertake componentized engagements and allow buyers to pursue a phased sourcing approach.”

In this year’s report, Everest highlighted five suppliers as “2009 PO Market Star Performers”: Accenture, IBM, Infosys, ICG Commerce and TCS. These suppliers demonstrated the strongest movement forward across the following two dimensions in 2009:

  • Market success in 2009 based on ACV growth, number of contract signings, and value of contract signings in 2009
  • Capability advancements in 2009 based on expansion of scale, scope, delivery footprint, and technology investments

The Star Performers designation relates to year-on-year performance for a given supplier and does not reflect on overall market leadership positions. Those identified as the 2009 Star Performers include both leading suppliers and major contenders.

To read an extract of the Procurement Outsourcing Annual Report 2010, purchase the report, or inquire about other research services, please visit, email  [email protected] or call +1-214-451-3110.

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