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Capital market IT outsourcing (ITO) deals experienced double-digit growth in 2016; legacy modernization and adoption of digital technologies drove a 29 percent increase in the number of capital market ITO deals, with the average total contract value rising 23 percent, according to Everest Group.
Technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), cloud and blockchain were key components of digital adoptions. The demand for virtual assistants, automated investment advisory capabilities, and improved agent/broker and customer experiences drove a 64 percent uptick in the number of capital markets ITO deals that included AI in their scope. Similarly, the impetus to improve agility and reduce costs led to a 47 percent surge in cloud-based initiatives in capital markets ITO deals.
Another major driver of capital market ITO deals in 2016 was risk and regulatory compliance initiatives. These saw a 58 percent increase over 2015, largely attributed to an overall tightening of regulatory grip in the capital markets industry, especially in Europe.
“Everest Group anticipates that the capital markets IT outsourcing market will grow modestly in the next 12 months, as many of the trends we have documented in 2016 continue,” said Ronak Doshi, practice director at Everest Group. “Risk and regulatory compliance will remain a primary focus; deal sizes will shrink as enterprises demand cost-reductions through automation; and artificial intelligence, cloud, and blockchain technologies will drive the next wave of digital disruption.”
These recommendations and research findings are explored in “Simpler, Smarter, and Seamless Capital Markets – The Digital Revolution: Capital Markets ITO Annual Report 2017.” This report examines the global activity and trends in the capital markets segment and the implications for enterprises and service providers.
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Capital markets BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) is one of the fastest growing industry-specific verticals within the BFSI segment, with a market size of over $2 billion in 2016. Investment banking is the largest line of business within the capital markets BPO. Asset management, custody and fund administration, and brokerage are the other key lines of business in this space.
Enterprises typically look to partner with third-party pureplay service providers such as Cognizant, EXL, Genpact, Infosys, and TCS to remain competitive in the marketplace, and simultaneously manage their regulatory, risk, and cost concerns. But the BPO majors are facing stiff competition from specialist capital markets BPO providers such as Avaloq, eClerx, and Xchanging, which are more focused and have deeper domain expertise.
Against this backdrop, what pricing considerations should enterprises take into account when selecting a specialist or a pureplay Business Process Outsourcing provider?
Net-net, specialist providers, which at least as of today handle more high-value services, come at a higher price than their pureplay BPO peers. And, at least as of today, buyers appear ready and willing to pay this premium.
Enterprises in this space typically tend to value and favor specialists when it comes to finding a partner for their capital markets BPO operations. And they tend to be particularly selective, as most service providers – both pureplay and specialist— do not play in all the segments, but instead focus on building deep capabilities around one or two of the four key business lines.
Are you working with a pureplay or specialist provider in the capital markets BPO space? To what extent did pricing play into your provider selection? Do you think specialists have an edge over pureplay BPO providers in terms of capabilities?