Sunday, June 30, 2013

Finance & Accounting Outsourcing market maturing & seeing stable growth in 2013

According to Everest Group, Financing and Accounting Outsourcing: Annual report 2013, the global multi-process FAO market grew at the rate of 10% to reach ACV of US$4.3 billion which highlights the fact the market is matured and stabilizing and is further substantiated by the fact that over 65% of the ACV growth in 2012 was contributed by contract extensions/renewals. Cost reduction and process improvement are the primary drivers for adoption but standardization, scalability and flexibility drove FAO adoption further, emphasizing a cost+ value proposition highlights the Everest Group report. As the traditional markets matured the vendors are forced to move to under-penetrated markets but Europe led the market increased FAO adoption and mid-market and small buyer segments also increased their adoptions significantly in 2012 led to moderate growth in 2012. Competition in the FAO market is intensifying as the share of the top three service providers declined from 68% in 2002 to ~50% in 2012. Some of the key players in the FAO market are Accenture, Aditya Birla Minacs, Aegis, Capgemini, Cognizant, Datamatics, EXL Services, Genpact, HCL, HP, IBM, iGATE, Infosys, IQ BackOffice, NCO, Quatrro, Serco, Steria, Sutherland Global Services, TCS, Wipro, WNS, Xchanging, and Xerox. ( Data Source: Everest Group)

One of the significant trends is the rise in Adoption of end-to-end process but buyers continue to remain cautious and adopt a phased approach to F&A outsourcing. Some of the new focus areas that are emerging are Analytics, risk management & compliance and F&A services are increasingly getting industry-specific. The Everest report also highlights buyers are increasingly adopting non-advisor-led competitive bidding route for sourcing F&A services. India continues to be the predominant hub of offshore delivery and most of the vendors both global and Indian are striving to build a balanced onshore-nearshore-offshore model. Technology augmentation model is becoming the predominant approach where in the vendors are developing technology infrastructure and also adopting emerging technologies like cloud computing, mobility, social media and big data analytics to offer innovative service offerings to clients. Outcome based pricing model and platform-based solutions are also gaining traction. Service provider performance is up-to-the-mark against the metrics important to FAO buyers, resulting in high satisfaction levels. However, buyer organizations have highlighted some areas of improvements for service providers to work upon. Vendors are shifting their focus to building technologies and service offerings through adoption of emerging technologies like cloud computing and offer cloud-enabled F&A technology that can be delivered as a BPaaS solution.