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Ascender’s Acquisition of NGA’s ANZ Business: Consolidation in a Maturing Market | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

On 31 January 2017, Australia-based Ascender and NGA Human Resources announced that Ascender had acquired NGA’s Australia and New Zealand business. Part of the agreement is a partnership between the two companies to deliver payroll and HR services solutions for the ANZ region, ensuring a seamless solution for NGA HR’s global payroll and HR clients. The deal makes Ascender one of the largest HR and Payroll providers in the ANZ and APAC region.

What are the implications of the deal?

For NGA:

  • Global deals with ANZ components will continue unaffected, as Ascender will serve as a partner provider in the region with no disruption to existing operations
  • NGA will aim to use a partnership-based approach for multi-country deals originating in the ANZ region. It will no longer be active in the single country payroll market in ANZ.

For Ascender:

  • Its single country capability and reach in the ANZ region will get a boost with the addition of NGA’s services delivery and technology capabilities, specifically the Preceda and PS Enterprise HCM platforms
  • It will have access to a new set of clients in ANZ, with an opportunity to sell into other regions of APAC through the newly acquired client portfolio. This could potentially increase its multi country payroll outsourcing (MCPO) market penetration in the APAC region.

Of course, as with any deal of this type, there are numerous things those in the region should watch out for.

First, NGA and Ascender will be looking to forge a partnership in a way that is beneficial to both parties beyond the immediate operational need. The scope and extent of this new partnership will evolve and take shape as the dust settles. It remains to be seen what form it will take, especially in light of Ascender’s recent entry into the Europe-based Payroll Services Alliance, wherein eight major payroll service companies have bundled their services into a unified offering that consists of strong local expertise and services, supplemented by coordination and integration at an international level.

As far as technology is concerned, with NGA’s PS Enterprise and Preceda HCM platforms coming into Ascender’s fold as part of the acquisition, Ascender will likely seek to integrate the different system capabilities under one brand over time. As with a lot of private equity-backed acquisitions, since the focus will be on improving margins, we are likely to see more investment in consolidating and improving technology, driving automation, and increasing self-service functionality.

Although the APAC market continues to experience relatively high growth rates – 7-9% in single country payroll outsourcing and 23-25% in MCPO – the region is fairly complex, and each country requires a distinct strategy to ensure sustainable growth. For instance, while India requires a heavily price-sensitive services sales approach, a technology-driven approach works better in Australia.

With the APAC region requiring a great deal of management attention and local presence to drive continued success, global providers’ APAC arms tend to be private equity acquisition targets. Indeed, while Western economy-based global players don’t necessarily have the focus to negotiate the uniqueness of the APAC region’s HR services and payroll requirements, private equity can certainly help bring that focus to the table. For example, Ascender is backed by a private equity-led consortium, and just two years ago, private equity firm Everstone Capital bought out Aon Hewitt’s APAC business, (renamed Excelity Global).

While not all will be private equity-driven, we do anticipate more acquisitions and consolidation in this space in the APAC region as the market matures, particularly in geographic markets that are fragmented, with no clear leader in sight.

Outsourcing Trends to Watch in 2017 | In the News

This year, we saw outsourcing integration challenges multiply, production workloads and enterprise systems hit the cloud, and security hit the top of the agenda.

So what’s ahead for 2017? Uncertainty for one thing. Industry watchers expect a number of shifts in the IT and business process services space — not least of which will be the initiation of more flexible outsourcing terms as the world watches and waits to see what happens once president elect Donald Trump takes office and Brexit takes hold.

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The Philippine Political Environment’s Impact on Global Services | Virtual Roundtable

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET

The recent changes in the Philippines’ political climate have raised alarm in the IT-BPM industry, both in the Philippines and the U.S. Questions abound as to how potential changes in the relationship between the Philippines and the U.S. will impact business relationships that many have come to rely upon.

Everest Group will offer a brief overview of the potential impact on the country’s IT-BPM industry; the group will then spend the bulk of the time discussing how they are thinking about how best to prepare and plan for potential impacts.

Who Should Attend
Senior global services executives and decision makers involved in outsourcing and delivery locations strategy interested in the impact of political changes in the Philippines on the global services industry and how those changes might impact their own strategies.

What You Will Learn
This session will help participants develop an understanding of the potential impact on the IT-BPM industry in Philippines and share thoughts around strategies going forward.

Please note that this event has already occurred.

Dominating themes at the #NASSCOM Design and Engineering Summit 2016 | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

Digital technologies are fundamentally changing the demand ethos of the US$75 billion Engineering and Research and Development (ER&D) global sourcing market, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 18 percent over the next five years. With rapidly evolving consumer needs, an increase in global regulatory pressures, the rise of the shared economy, increasingly complex security needs, and technology’s shift from enabler to disruptor, following are the major themes I expect to dominate the NASSCOM Design and Engineering Summit 2016, which is being held in Bangalore on October 5 and 6:

    1. The connected digital ecosystems: The proliferation of smart devices and radical improvement in connectivity infrastructure are shaping the evolving digital ecosystem of everything. Orchestrating this connected digital ecosystem and creating products that tap into it are creating a new demand portfolio of ER&D services across industries. Think rapid consumerization in the healthcare industry with increasing use of connected smart medical devices, the connected and autonomous vehicles defining the future of mobility in the shared economy, or the convergence of machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies and advanced analytics driving the industrial 4.0 revolution.
    2. Designing for the future: Enterprises must understand the needs of tomorrow’s customers, and will need to push the boundaries of innovation and design thinking to engineer products that are at the intersection of leveraging cutting edge technologies and re-imagining processes and business models.
    3. Smart, smarter, and smartest: The rise of cognitive computing technologies has pushed the boundaries of process and task automation to create smart products. Research advances in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and edge computing will drive development of products that dramatically improve the user experience, and provide convenience beyond expectations for consumers and employees alike. This creates demand for a talent model with hybrid skills of product engineering and design, domain knowledge, and ability to leverage cognitive technologies.
    4. Making sense of data: Enterprises are collecting a lot of data through a multitude of external and internal data sources, and are looking at how to enhance product design and engineering processes, reduce costs, improve quality, and meet evolving user expectations. Enterprises in the retail, defense, media, and financial services industries have been at the forefront of using data and analytics to answer these questions. Demand from these industries is driven from adoption of further sophisticated analytics initiatives that helps deliver competitive advantage. Industries including manufacturing, energy, telecoms, and healthcare and life sciences are rapidly adopting big data and analytics technologies.
    5. Real use cases beyond the cool stuff of AR/VR: Augmented reality and virtual reality technologies have great potential in areas such as remote monitoring and predictive maintenance, training, and simulated testing environments. Expect to hear more use cases for AR and VR technologies.
    6. Software-defined everything: “Software eats everything” across all industries – software-defined infrastructure, software-defined manufacturing, software-defined networking, software-defined datacenters, and so on. The delivery of software product as-a-service, the ability to remotely support and maintain customer premise equipment, and the increasing demand for configurable over customized software products are creating a new demand paradigm for ER&D services in the software products industry.
    7. Time-to-market: Speed is the new currency in the product engineering world. Sourcing has enabled enterprises not just to reduce costs but to drive agility and flexibility to respond to market volatility and constantly changing consumer demands. As technology becomes core to all activities, concepts such as agile and DevOps are becoming relevant across the ER&D services industry value chain.
    8. Standards, security, and compliance: Security is among three priorities for all C-suite executives globally. In the age of connected digital ecosystems, building security into product design is becoming an absolute necessity. Compliance but is a critical component of the demand driver for the ER&D services industry.

I look forward to interesting discussions on these and other topics with the engineering services enterprises and vendors during the #NASSCOM Design and Engineering Summit. If you’re there in person, feel free to contact me or my colleagues H Karthik and Bhawesh Tiwari.

Click here to read about Everest Group’s latest research on the engineering services global talent spot, and here, here, and here to check out detailed insights from this research.

NASSCOM Design and Engineering Summit 2016

471 Global Services Deals in Q1 Exceeds industry Expectations | Press Release

Webinar identifies “talent hotspots”– locations well positioned to lead in the delivery of digital services

Global outsourcing demand exceeded industry expectations in Q1 2016, according to Everest Group, a consulting and research firm focused on strategic IT, business services and sourcing. Most service providers reported sequential growth in revenue, and transaction activity increased significantly, with more new deals reported in Q1 than in any of the previous eight quarters.

Growth in the IT outsourcing market was a key contributor to the outsourcing industry’s strong performance in Q1, with banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) and manufacturing, distribution and retail (MDR) verticals leading the way. Service delivery automation, an ongoing trend among service providers, is helping replace a substantial amount of human yields, resulting in significant cost savings for enterprises.

Everest Group presented these and other highlights of the global services market in Q1 2016 in a one-hour live webinar on May 12. The webinar, “Key Insight on Digital Service Delivery ‘Talent Hotspots’ PLUS Market Vista™ Q1 2016 Update,” featured Everest Group experts offering insights on the delivery locations that are positioned to become the “talent hotspots” for the delivery of digital services.

“Service delivery automation continues to shape the industry, and we are beginning to see a clear demarcation of leading providers who have witnessed significantly greater impact on the revenue, cost and productivity,” said Salil Dani, vice president at Everest Group. “Best-in-class providers are reporting some remarkable milestones, such as a 24 percent reduction in net headcount addition, cost savings between US$100 to $300 million annually, and up to 50 percent improvement in productivity due to automation.”

Other Key Takeaways

  • The increase in demand continued to be led by the “traditional buyer geographies” of Europe and North America
  • GIC activity was high, with setups concentrated in Europe for buyers looking to leverage the nearshore proposition
  • Overall location activity also remained high with increased center setups in Latin America compared to previous quarters. Interestingly, India’s share in new center setups decreased for the first time in many years
  • Service delivery automation (SDA) adoption is leading to lower headcount addition by leading service providers, compared to 2015

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