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Sourcing Professionals Have a Tough Job | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

If you are a sourcing professional, you have our deepest respect, because now, more than ever, your job is a tough one. The sourcing industry is changing fast, disrupted by emerging technologies, shifting talent requirements and evolving service provider capabilities. Moreover, fluctuating geopolitical and legislative issues are causing enterprises to rethink substantial, long-held sourcing strategies and provider relationships. Sourcing professionals face formidable challenges in the global economy as the new year approaches and they look for better strategies in an industry experiencing unparalleled turbulence.

Technology is Changing the Game

It used to be that a sourcing professional’s No. 1 responsibility was finding a way to get the work done as cheaply as possible. Not any more. Technology has changed the game. In nearly every industry, digital technologies are driving the development of innovative products and services and improved customer experiences. To keep pace in this digital world, enterprises are now pursuing a digital-first rather than arbitrage-first strategy. In fact, the global services market has seen a threefold increase in digital-focused deals.

Automation, once merely a service delivery tool, is now “front end,” with enterprises demanding strategy, vision and strong Proof-of-Concepts (POCs) for advanced automation in 33 percent of all application services contracts in 2016. Similarly, artificial intelligence, cognitive computing and robotics will soon begin to pervade the enterprise portfolio and will eventually become mainstream in sourcing landscape.

Talent Requirements Are Shifting

The increasing adoption of digital strategies is changing the workforce skills that enterprises seek, and, in turn, forcing sourcing professionals to revamp their location portfolios in the midst of a dynamic landscape. Location options for traditional global sourcing continue to expand, and new locations are emerging for unique talent demands, such as digital capabilities.

Geopolitical Disruption Adds Complexity

Sourcing professionals also must anticipate and react to numerous geopolitical disruptions that keep the sourcing landscape shifting like windblown sand. In the past year, for example, we have seen a significant decrease in demand from the United Kingdom given the uncertainty with Brexit; uncertainty about healthcare legislation in the US has dampened the healthcare sourcing market; and the uncertainty due to visa reforms has led to increased local hiring and onshoring in the U.S.

The Provider Landscape is Constantly Changing

Sourcing professionals also are challenged to stay abreast of changes in the provider landscape. Mergers and acquisitions are on the rise, and leading providers are making fundamental changes to their talent and service delivery models. Between April of 2016 and March of this year, Everest Group witnessed 40 acquisitions to expand digital capabilities, 140 alliances between providers and technology providers or startups, and the setup of 35 new centers and digital pods to help clients rethink their digital strategies.

Data for Sound Decision-Making

In the midst of this complexity, buyers of global services are tasked with making critical decisions. Recompeting an outsourcing contract, selecting a location for a global in-house center, or contracting for new tech services—these are the types of decisions that can significantly impact an organization’s performance and an executive’s career.

That’s why Everest Group has announced that it is doubling down on its commitment to provide fact-based comparative assessments. We’re consolidating our comparative analysis offerings – previously offered under a variety of product names – under our flagship PEAK Matrix brand, which will now evaluate services, solutions, products and locations. Additionally, we’ll be expanding the market segments addressed to include new functions, processes and industry verticals. Read more about it here.

In the midst of all the complexity and change that sourcing professionals face, one thing remains the same: Everest Group is your source for the fact-based analyses you need to make informed decisions that deliver high-impact results.

In First-of-its-Kind Assessment, Everest Group Identifies Leaders of Service Delivery Automation in Business Process Services | Press Release

Accenture, Cognizant, IBM and Wipro lead the industry in SDA impact, capabilities and vision. 

Several big names in the Business Process Services (BPS) market have emerged as leaders in Service Delivery Automation (SDA), according to an assessment just published by Everest Group.

Influential enterprises are disrupting the status quo by demanding from their service providers not only cost reduction but also next-generation benefits focused on business outcomes and enhanced customer experiences. For service providers looking to pivot quickly from an arbitrage-first model to digital-first one, SDA is the one of the key levers, according to new research from Everest Group.

SDA comprises a spectrum of automation solutions for delivering services, such as Robotic Desktop Automation (RDA), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), autonomics, cognitive computing (machine learning, deep learning and neuro-linguistic programming) and advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI). Collectively, SDA is one of the most potent levers that BPS service providers can deploy to help buyers move beyond labor arbitrage to attain valuable benefits.

In a first-of-its-kind report, “Business Process Services Delivery Automation (BPSDA)—Service Provider Landscape with PEAK Matrix™ Assessment 2017,” Everest Group evaluates 18 leading broad-based BPS service providers relative to their SDA market impact and overall vision and capabilities. Employing its proprietary PEAK Matrix framework, Everest Group segments the providers into three categories of performance: Leaders (top quartile), Major Contenders (second and third quartile), and Aspirants (fourth quartile):

  • Leaders: Accenture, Cognizant, IBM and Wipro
  • Major Contenders: Capgemini, Conduent, EXL, Genpact, HCL, Hexaware, Infosys, NTT DATA, Sutherland Global Services, Syntel and WNS
  • Aspirants: HGS, Intelenet Global Services and Mphasis

“Given the importance of SDA as a key value lever in the digital-first BPS world, this report provides an in-depth analysis and comparison of leading BPS providers in terms of their progress and market impact in this space,” said Rajesh Ranjan, partner at Everest Group. “Buyer experience and satisfaction was one of the important dimensions considered in this multi-dimensional assessment. Notwithstanding better performance by Leaders, there is clear opportunity for the BPS industry to improve on buyer satisfaction to realize SDA potential. This is more pronounced in the Artificial Intelligence space.”

Other key findings:

  • Accenture and Conduent have the most number of clients with BPSDA deployments by far. They are followed by Capgemini, Cognizant, Genpact, IBM and Wipro.
  • Accenture and Conduent lead in most geographies. In APAC, in addition to Accenture, Genpact has found good traction.
  • Providers’ success differs across BPS segments. Competitive intensity is high in all other high-potential areas except contact center, which is heavily dominated by Conduent.
  • Accenture and Cognizant have the most number of FTEs dedicated to BPSDA. Genpact and Cognizant have the highest share of FTEs in BPSDA product development

***A complimentary 4-page preview of the report is available for download here.*** (Registration required.)

This new report is a part of a three-part series of research findings that Everest Group plans to publish in the BPSDA space. The next report will provide an in-depth view of the state of the industry in terms of key trends, progress and future direction.

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