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New report looks into Russia’s IT market development forecast to 2019

September 29th, 2014

The report contains lists of companies that furnish hardware, software and IT services for Russian customers, with the breakdown as follows: 20 of the top software developers and vendors; 20 leading hardware manufacturers and distributors, 30 top outsourcing and IT services delivery companies and 100 of the most widely recognized IT companies active on the Russian market.Outsourcing35

Interest in Russia”s IT market increases, keeping pace with recent growth.

New publication evaluates key segments; forecasts market development for 2014-2019.

Total sales of IT products and services in Russia were worth RUB 711.6bn (€16.8bn) in 2013. Last year we observed a qualitative change in market development. Short term projects dominated the corporate sector, and cost optimisation remained among the key business objectives. Russian business customers reduced purchases of new hardware and software licences and increased their spending on IT support and outsourcing solutions.

It has published IT market in Russia 2014, development forecasts for 2014-2019 to provide direction for businesspeople interested in this market. The report examines market value and the value of each key segment – hardware, software and IT services, forecasts growth for the next six years and tracks planned expenditures for the largest business and governmental entities.

This innovative publication describes the impact of influential trends upon market development, and examines the future potential of each major segment. It reviews investment opportunities and presents breakdown of IT spending by vertical sectors and industries.

The report also contains lists of companies that furnish hardware, software and IT services for Russian customers, with the breakdown as follows: 20 of the top software developers and vendors; 20 leading hardware manufacturers and distributors, 30 top outsourcing and IT services delivery companies and 100 of the most widely recognized IT companies active on the Russian market.

This document includes a wealth of useful statistical data and KPI that describes the market and key segments accurately in terms of value, size, current level of IT expenditure, top selling IT hardware products, software innovations and service offerings. It follows through with extensive analysis and reveals growth forecasts for each segment of the market that indicate which segments will surpass the others in terms of value.
Companies that are currently active in the IT market in Russia, such as distributors and manufacturers of hardware, software solutions development specialists and telecommunications services providers will benefit from reviewing this document, as will a variety of academic, research and business consultancy professionals. It is also extremely useful to companies that invest heavily in IT products and services in order to successfully conduct their own business operations.

IT market in Russia 2014, development forecasts for 2014-2019 is especially helpful when conducting a comparative analysis between the Russian IT market and neighboring markets in Central and Eastern Europe. The report was created with businesspeople in mind and is also a handy source of useful information when estimating the growth potential of the market and its various segments, preparing budgets for IT expenditure and forecasting demand for various types of business process software and hardware.

Source:http://www.whatech.com/market-research-reports/press-release/it/30834-russia-it-market-development-forecasts-for-2014-2019

Silicon Valley gets taste of Ukraine’s IT world during UTGem conference

September 26th, 2014

The first Ukrainian Tech Gem conference was held in the heart of Silicon Valley, an event that on Sept. 18 showcased an emerging market’s technology ecosystem to more than 500 potential partners and customers.Outsourcing29

In attendance were American and Ukrainian information technology firms, venture capital funds and startups. They came to hear a message that was as simple as a 140-character tweet: despite Russian military aggression and the tough economic situation, Ukraine has innovative potential, tech talent, and is open to cooperation.

Three stages ran simultaneously.  The main stage held panel disccussions, IT companies showcased their products and services in the exposition zone, and the smaller demonstration stage had brief presentations.

UTGem was privately funded and did not receive financial support from the government, said co-organizer Igor Shoifot, chairman of Happy Farm and the U.S. representative of TMT Investments venture fund. Software developer EPAM, European Business Association, and U.S.-Ukraine Business Council were the other co-organizers.

Ecosystem’s two nuclei

The conference agenda combined two of the most prominent parts of Ukraine’s technology business: outsourcing software developers and players from the venture business infrastructure, including funds, business angels, startup accelerators and entrepreneurs.

The software developers — SoftServe, ELEKS, Ciklum, and EPAM — spoke first on a panel focused on the Ukrainian outsourcing business. Setting the tone for the whole 10-hour long event, Ciklum’s head Torben Majgaard reassured the audience that “the war has not disturbed business from the productivity point of view,” while the other panelists added that the major outsourcers in Ukraine still have more clients in the pipeline than they are able to handle.

In the next sessions, IT professionals discussed cloud technologies, innovations in digital production, venture capital, agile scaling of business, education technologies, as well as the growth stage of companies.

Software development in Ukraine is the only IT sector that is a bona fide industry. The 25 biggest companies employ more than 27,000 people in a $2 billion market. The venture part has a long way to go, speakers said.

The launching of UAngel, a network of affluent investors, is the latest positive development here. Talking at a panel discussion, the network’s chairman Nataliia Berezovska said the group’s task is to “educate our angels and de-mystify the process of angel investment.”

A traditional startup contest was held toward the end of the day. Out of five startups that gave three-minute pitches to judges, Petcube won three mentorship sessions with Happy Farm’s mentors. It is a gadget that allows pet owners to remotely play with their dogs or cats by using a laser pointer. In 2013, it raised more than $250,000 on Kickstarter, but is four months behind schedule on product delivery. Petcube co-founder Yaroslav Azhnyuk says that shipments will start in the end of October.

Attention to education

Speaking about how fast Ukrainian outsourcing software development companies are growing, Ciklum’s Majgaard said: “If I win a customer here today, I will go to Ukraine and hire a team of programmers from somebody else. There’s not going to be more programmers in Ukraine just because I get a customer, so we’re not helping Ukraine here.”

Majgaard places special hopes with the Brain Basket Foundation, an education initiative that aims to train 100,000 programmers in the next five years. Roman Khmil, Ciklum’s former chief operating officer, manages the initiative.

“Americans say, in 2020 the world will be short of a million programmers. If Ukraine brings in 100,000 people, everybody will still have a job. So stop promoting Ukraine, start producing programmers,” Majgaard added.

Grand plans

Organizers of UTGem are already planning for next year’s conference. It is expected to draw 1,000 attendees and will include an investment auction and other “involvement devices,” Shoifot added. He also expressed hope that much more local venture capitalists and angel investors will show up.

AndriiDegeler is the Kyiv Post’s information technology reporting fellow. Degeler has been covering the IT business in Ukraine and internationally since 2009. His fellowship is sponsored by AVentures Capital, Ciklum, FISON and SoftServe.

Source:http://www.kyivpost.com/content/business/silicon-valley-gets-taste-of-ukraines-it-world-during-utgem-conference-365999.html

ICT investment trends in the Middle East – Enterprise ICT spending patterns through to the end of 2015

September 23rd, 2014

This report presents the findings from a survey of 121 Middle Eastern enterprises regarding their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) investment trends. The survey investigates how Middle Eastern enterprises currently allocate their ICT budgets across the core areas of enterprise ICT expenditure: hardware, software, IT services, communications, and consulting.Outsourcing19

Key Findings

- Kable’s survey of 121 Middle Eastern enterprises highlights that X% of respondents are set to increase their ICT budgets significantly in 2014, which is an increase of X% compared to 2013.
- According to Kable’s survey, Middle Eastern enterprises are planning to invest X% of their external ICT budgets in hardware, software, and IT services in 2014, which is more than the combined allocation in 2013 (X%).
- Middle Eastern enterprises are allocating the highest proportion of their software budgets to application lifecycle management (X%) followed by information management (X%) and enterprise applications (X%) in 2013.

Synopsis

This report presents the findings from a survey of 124 Middle Eastern enterprises regarding their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) investment trends. The survey investigates how Middle Eastern enterprises currently allocate their ICT budgets across the core areas of enterprise ICT expenditure: hardware, software, IT services, communications, and consulting.

The report illustrates the core technologies enterprises are investing in, including business intelligence, communications and collaboration, content management, and cloud computing. The survey also highlights the approach adopted by enterprises in the Middle East to purchase technology. Through Kable’s survey, the report aims to provide better insight to ICT vendors and services providers when pitching their solutions to enterprises in the Middle East.

In particular, it provides an in-depth analysis of the following:

- Understand how ICT budgets are set to change in 2014 in terms of their overall size.
- Appreciate how IT budgets are allocated across the core elements of IT spend, including hardware, software, services, communications, and consulting.
- Learn how IT money is being spent in areas such as the data centre, applications, IT management and the network.
- Gain an understanding regarding which ICT functions Middle Eastern enterprises are interested in outsourcing.
- Identify Middle Eastern enterprises’ investment priorities based on their budget allocations across core technology categories such as content management, communications and collaboration, business intelligence, and cloud computing.
- Learn about the drivers that are influencing Middle Eastern enterprises’ investments in each technology category.
- Establish how Middle Eastern enterprises’ IT budgets are currently allocated across various segments within a technology category.
- Gain insight into how Middle Eastern enterprises plan to change their ICT budget allocations across various segments within a technology category.
- Understand the vendor mindshare for various core and advanced technology categories.
- Provides insight into Middle Eastern enterprises’ preferred buying approaches.
- Comprehend the business and IT objectives that Middle Eastern enterprises are looking to achieve through their IT investment strategies.
- Understand the factors that are influencing Middle Eastern enterprises’ decision to select an ICT provider.

Reasons To Buy

- This report will help readers to understand how the Middle East enterprise ICT landscape is set to change in 2014.

- Gain a view as to how ICT money is being allocated in your target audience.

- The report covers a detailed breakdown of the opportunities within each of the core areas of ICT spend (hardware, software, IT services, telecommunications, and consulting.)

- The report will help users to gain a view of the current strategic objectives of Middle Eastern enterprises.

- The report will provide a detailed breakdown of the opportunities within selected technology categories (business intelligence, communications and collaboration, content management, and cloud computing).

- Understand the factors that are influencing Middle Eastern enterprises’ decision to select an ICT provider.

- Gain a view as to the business and IT objectives Middle Eastern enterprises are looking to achieve through their ICT investment strategies.

Source:http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ict-investment-trends-in-the-middle-east-enterprise-ict-spending-patterns-through-to-the-end-of-2015-2014-09-22

TCS focuses on the ‘digital transformation’

September 23rd, 2014

Tata Consultancy Services is ramping up its offerings in big data and analytics, looking to increase its competitiveness in IT consulting and services as communications service providers try to get a handle on the opportunities and challenges that cloud, mobile and social technologies are bringing.Outsourcing18

“CSPs find themselves at a crossroads,” said Seeta Hariharan, general manager and group head of TCS’ recently formed Digital Software and Solutions group. “The ones that we see as the winners are those that make data a substantial part of their strategy.”

Hariharan said that CSPs are looking for new revenue sources and new business models, and that the new group was formed within TCS about 16 months ago to take on the challenge of helping businesses cope with the digital transition going on that is being heavily driven by mobile technologies, social technologies and the cloud as well as big data analytics.

TCS was named a leader in business process outsourcing for business analytics by IDC earlier this year, and announced in August that it is partnering with Cloudera to certify both its professionals and its products for big data and analytics.

In a blog entry earlier this year, Hariharan wrote about what she called “a gap between the vision of digital transformation and what is actually delivered today in the market.”

She said that “one group of vendors provides broad-based technology platforms like cloud, mobile, social, and big data. When a customer asks for a solution, the vendors say ‘we will pull the technologies together for you’. This approach is cost-prohibitive and time consuming.

“Another large and disparate group of suppliers offer narrow, non-integrated point solutions aimed at solving isolated issues such as web analytics or cross-channel management.  This approach requires clients to integrate with various technology platforms and other point solutions to solve problems posed by digital transformation, which is also time-consuming and expensive,” Hariharan wrote.

Hariharan said that while communications is the backbone across every industry, CSPs are under particular pressure to figure out new ways to leverage technology to better understand their customers so that they can deliver customized products and improve profits, as well as improve their own operations.

Successfully navigating this digital transition is crucial to businesses, Hariharan said — and those that don’t manage it well are likely to not continue to be in business.

“In my view, it’s not a choice — it’s an imperative,” Hariharan said. “The time to address this is in the next 18 to 24 months.”

Source:http://www.rcrwireless.com/20140922/big-data-analytics/seeta-hariharan-tcs-focuses-digital-transformation-tag6

IT veterans from Infosys and Wipro to help Dell treble services revenue in few years

September 23rd, 2014

Michael S Dell wants to more than treble the software services revenue in a “few years”, an ambition that the entrepreneur is betting on his team of leaders handpicked from Indian outsourcing giants such as InfosysBSE -1.36 % and Wipro. Outsourcing15

Significantly, the founder, chairman and CEO of the Texas-based computer hardware and services firm believes ever since going private, Dell has been able to focus more on clients without being distracted by “activist shareholders” and invest in some of the long-term strategies, including investing in cloud, security and analytics space.

“We want to double, triple, quadruple our (services) business,” Dell said in a phone interview last week, outlining his ambitions on services play for the first time. “There are 10 companies which have 1% of the $3 trillion IT industry, we have about 2%. We would want to have 3-4% in the years to come,” he said from Brussels where he’s been meeting customers. To be sure, Dell had a services unit in addition to selling desktops before it was taken private earlier this year.

The company first handpicked WiproBSE -0.70 % veteran Suresh Vaswani in December 2012 to steer its services business, who since then has aggressively built a core team by poaching executives from Infosys, Wipro and Hewlett Packard. “(But) remember the IT industry itself will be more than $3 trillion in years to come, and with internet of things (IoT), industry will grow beyond $3 trillion and we would want to bring solutions to capture a bigger share of the growing pie,” Dell said.

INSIDE DELL STRATEGY

The centerpiece of Dell’s turnaround strategy is based on combining existing IPs within to create software platforms and build newer solutions around disruptive technologies in IoT. Dell’s chest thumping on IP hinges on its aggressive play in acquiring companies — it has bought over two dozen firms in the last five years, from StatSoft in advanced analytics to SecureWorks in security space, thereby helping it provide end-toend solutions to its customers.

Over the past one year, Vaswani has been able to convince top Indian IT executives such as Anand Sankaran, a Wipro veteran, Prasad Thrikutam, a high profile Infosys leader among others, to join Dell — “the world’s largest startup” as described by its founder.

“If you look at the industry, it needs some freshness, and I will say we are providing that freshness,” Vaswani told ET in an interview. “Indian IT services come from a particular angle and HP, EDS are monoliths so to speak. We say a different story, and we don’t have legacy. And we have lots of IP.”

Thrikutam, who was hired by Nandan Nilekani in 1995 at Infosys, joined Dell last month. “Most companies have a constraint on which path they can take because if they are a public company, they have to follow quarterly targets. Michael said I can choose the path I want, so I have control over my destiny — that was the clincher for me to join,” Thrikutam said.

Source:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/it-veterans-from-infosys-and-wipro-to-help-dell-treble-services-revenue-in-few-years/articleshow/43189559.cms

Timetable slip delivers further blow to UK government IT projects

August 27th, 2014

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Sweeping plans for Whitehall departments to share back-office services are running behind schedule in the latest blow to the UK government’s reputation for delivering IT projects.

Under a blueprint unveiled last year, services such as human resources, procurement and payroll are to be provided to several Whitehall departments by a private sector-run “shared services centre”. The Cabinet Office said the strategy could save up to £400m a year in administration costs and was a key element in its plans to reform the civil service.

However, the timetable has slipped and the transfer is unlikely to be completed before the end of next year.
The project has been championed by Stephen Kelly, Whitehall chief operating officer, who last month announced he was stepping down to become chief executive of Sage, a software company.

The Financial Times understands that some departmental permanent secretaries had expressed worries about the speed with which the changes were to be implemented.
Under an agreement struck with the Cabinet Office, Arvato, a business processing company based in Surrey and part of Germany’s Bertelsmann, is providing back-office services to the Department for Transport and its executive agencies, before moving on to provide services for a number of other government departments and bodies.
The economies of scale would enable Arvato “to drive down costs and improve service levels by sharing expertise across customers, adopting common processes and systems, and investing in new tools”, the Cabinet Office said last year.

It is thought that under the original plans, departments such as culture, media and sport and communities and local government, were to have started switching to the new shared services centre in the autumn. The plan also involved migrating users from one form of software to another.

Arvato said that, together with government, it had made “a strategic decision to adjust the timing of the migrations to a new platform. This is to ensure the right balance between speed of implementation and continuing to provide a low risk, high-quality and reliable service to our clients. We expect the first migration to take place at the end of 2014, with others following throughout 2015.”

Last week it emerged that the government had been ordered to pay Raytheon, a US defence contractor, £224m for unlawfully terminating a £750m contract for an electronic border control system, turning a fresh spotlight on the difficulties governments can have in implementing IT programmes.

The Cabinet Office confirmed it had agreed changes to the original timetable but emphasised that it remained fully committed to the Arvato contract, and the company continued to deliver a good, stable service.

The shared services centre remained on track to deliver long-term savings and effective services for customers, it said.

Peter Smith, a former senior civil servant, now managing editor of Spend Matters, a procurement website, said Whitehall must have been well aware of the potential for serious embarrassment if the scheme had been implemented too rapidly. “Operational problems can hit the headlines quite quickly, for instance if staff and suppliers are not being paid.”

He said the decision to use Arvato had been motivated by a desire in the Cabinet Office to “move away from some of the usual suspects in outsourcing such as BT, IBM, Accenture and Capgemini, and they were keen, understandably, to bring in some fresh faces”.

“The problem with that is fresh faces maybe don’t understand the specific issues or complexities of UK government work and although Arvato is not a small company, it is not experienced in large-scale UK central government work”, he argued.

Meanwhile, the move of other Whitehall departments into a second shared services centre, formed last year through a joint venture between the government and Steria, the French business services company, has been completed to the planned timetable.

Source:http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/408d27dc-1d94-11e4-8f0c-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3BYxTW8GB

It will take a while to get growth back, says Infy

August 27th, 2014

Infosys Ltd, the country’s second largest software exporter, has said it is on track to meet its growth estimate of 7-9 per cent this fiscal despite macroeconomic volatility and lower demand from top clients, but added that it will take a while for the company to report higher growth.outsourcing19

Infosys’ growth estimate is much lower than the industry guidance, which, according to Nasscom, is in the range of 13-15 per cent for FY-2015.

Addressing Motilal Oswal analysts in Mumbai, UB Pravin Rao, chief operating officer, said: “We have definitely underperformed over the last few years and it will take a while for us to get growth back.”

The company’s margins are expected to be in the range of 24-25 per cent, lower than market leader Tata Consultancy Services’ 28.8 per cent. “Our focus is on growth and the company cannot sustain margins without growth,” Rao said.

Acquisition plan

Signalling the company’s intent to grow business through acquisitions, he added Infosys will look at buying firms in the life sciences and IT infrastructure management segments in markets such as Latin America and Japan.

On Tuesday, the company’s scrip closed marginally down at ₹3,620.60 on BSE.

‘Market is stable’

Infosys, along with other IT companies, believes demand for outsourcing continues to be strong and the situation looks better at this point compared to the year-ago period. “Our pipeline is good and the market is stable,” said Rao. Also, the company is seeing traction in financial services, communications and energy sectors.

Rao added that high attrition is an area of concern and it will take several quarters to bring it down to 14 per cent, from 20 per cent now. Rao attributed this to the distraction around CEO succession, coupled with a spate of top management exits. “With the new leadership in place, that distraction will go away.” Infosys, in June, appointed Vishal Sikka as the first non-founding CEO of the company.

Rao also maintained that the company would use its $100-million venture fund to invest in start-ups, something that Sikka has outlined as a part of his strategy since taking over the company.

Source:http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/smartbuy/tech-news/it-will-take-a-while-to-get-growth-back-says-infy/article6354175.ece

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