Friday, October 25, 2013

India Knowledge Process Outsourcing Industry expected to touch US$ 30 billion by 2015

India’s KPO market is expected to touch US$30 billion by 2015 from the FY2013 level of US$20 billion, which highlights the fact that KPO industry in India, continues to grow at a CAGR of about 30% annually, according to ASSOCHAM. India dominates the Global KPO industry as it controls the 70% market and industry is seeing good growth despite the economic slowdown that impacted the outsourcing industry as a whole. Growth in the Industry is fueled by demand for profession-based services in areas of research for capital & financial markets, legal works, editing jobs for international publishing houses, analytics, etc. KPOs has also other advantages like better work tools and processes, sophisticated client centricity, higher billing rates & more domain focused organizations. Currently the industry has more than 3.5 lakh professionals specialized in engineering, medicines, management and professionals in the field of accountancy, company secretary and legal fraternity but there still is huge demand for professionals as the industry still needs around 6-8 lakhs professionals by 2015.  Not only HR requirement is an issue but also the fact the KPO industry deals with highly confidential and secured data, India needs to work its data security and privacy laws. The KPO sector deals with confidential data, including financial data, treasury and cash management functions and investment portfolio decisions and needs to address the issue of data security raised by international clients, said Mr. Mr. D S Rawat, ASSOCHAM Secretary General.

Some of the KPOs in India are Evalueserve, Genpact, EXL Service, Copal Partners, WNS, PANGEA3, etc. Availability of highly educated talent, cost arbitrage, favorable government policies, Time Zone advantage, India has become the most attractive location for KPO. Companies like Bain & Co, Mckinsey & Co, Ernst & Young, and KPMG have their own knowledge centres in India. India’s professionals are proficient in KPO software like SPSS, SAS and MS Excel and well trained in advanced analytical, technical and interpretation skills. But industry is facing stiff competition from countries like Philippines, Russia, China, Poland and Hungary as these are emerging strong contenders for KPO business in view of qualified KPO professionals, low-cost advantages, domain expertise, location advantage, sales and marketing capabilities and data compliance, according to ASSOCHAM. Industry have to look at Tier 2 & Tier 3 cities where there is good talent available due to presence of good educational institutions and the companies can work closely with these institutions and train the talent accordingly. With high speed internet penetration, Tier 2 & Tier 3 cities are a good option for KPO Industry players and since KPO work can be done by individuals or small teams – remote work is also possible. KPO companies have to come up with working models that can tap into the isolated resources pools available in smaller towns across India, adds the ASSOCHAM. KPO industry growth will be driven by factors like breadth and depth of coverage, domain expertise, location advantage (e.g., near-shoring & language capabilities), sales and marketing capabilities, data compliance with respect to regulatory standards (especially of USA, Canada & the European Union) and the management of business risks, according to ASSOCHAM. The KPO industry has matured and the range of services being provided has expanded from research and analytics, to a variety of services, such as legal process outsourcing and clinical trial management.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Healthcare Outsourcing 2013 – Indian IT Vendors current scenario & Outlook 2020

Cognizant Technology has a far lead in this regard as they moved into healthcare long before and for them Healthcare is the second largest vertical after BFSI. Cognizant is the largest IT services provider in healthcare, earning $1.97 billion from the segment in the year to 31 March 2012, more than three times the $602 million healthcare and life sciences revenue of India’s largest software services provider TCS. Infosys earned $680 million from healthcare, Wipro $615.5 million and HCL $500 million. As on 31 March 2012, healthcare was the second-largest source of revenue, behind only financial services, for Cognizant. It made up 25.2% of the company’s revenue, compared to 11.3% for HCL Technologies Ltd, 5.2% for Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS), 9% for Infosys Ltd and 9.9% for Wipro Ltd. Cognizant ranked sixth in the 2013 ‘Healthcare Informatics 100’ list of healthcare IT services providers by revenue in the US, while Infosys Public Services Inc. a subsidiary of Infosys, ranked 15 and was the only Indian IT services provider to figure in the list.

HCL Technologies has also seen growth in its healthcare revenue, which grew 55.8% in the 12 months to 31 March, and at a compounded annual growth rate of 37.66% in the last three years. The company acquired UK-based SAP consulting company Axon Group Plc., in December 2008, which enabled it to position itself as a system integrator to its life sciences and healthcare clients globally. The company also announced that it will actively engage in new business (accountable care) and technology business models by 2014. The focus areas include healthcare reform and member experience management and testing. Infosys and Wipro are also sharpening their focus on healthcare capabilities. Infosys over the last three years has invested in building several key capabilities in healthcare in the US. Infosys is assisting several clients in multiple opportunity areas: setting up state exchange, onboarding health insurers to public exchanges, end-to-end testing etc. according to Eric Paternoster, chief executive officer and president, Infosys Public Services.

Sangita Singh, senior vice-president and head, healthcare and life sciences, Wipro said Company strategy is to focus on select few customers to co-create solutions that can drive patient-centricity and reduce costs. There is, therefore, a huge thrust on domain-specific solutions, combined with Wipro’s strongholds of infrastructure services, BPO (business process outsourcing) and custom apps. Indian outsourcing companies have mostly focused on presence in the health insurance sector but not in the provider (hospital) market. There has been a significant slowdown in health insurance sector which forces Indian vendors to look at healthcare provider market where they have not been able to make a dent in the provider market, which is growing rapidly. The established players make $50- 60 million from each large EMR implementations in the provider segment. Healthcare outsourcing in India is growing at about 31% and is expected to reach USD 280 billion by 2020 and the global healthcare BPO market is growing at a CAGR of over 21%. Healthcare BPO offers tremendous opportunity to companies in India, according to Talent Neuron blog post. 

India Business Process Management Industry 2013 – BPO Industry rebranding

NASSCOM, IT Industry Body in India is working to rebrand the Indian Business Process Outsourcing Industry to Business Process Management Industry which is a difficult task as it still needs to convince clients, job aspirants and other stakeholders. The BPO is often associated with low-end work night shift based typical call centres selling credit cards and insurance policies to foreigners. India's BPO services industry accounts for 38 per cent of the global market.But Indian BPO industry has moved away from this low end work to high end work involving analytics, MIS, Knowledge process outsourcing, legal process outsourcing, Healthcare and medical related work. This has led to the rebranding exercise by NASSCOM for creating a stronger image for Indian BPO Industry that will improve its identity as a full-service value provider that specializes in providing performance-based services.  India's BPM industry directly employs about 1.1 million people and this figure will touch 1.8 million by 2020. The sector is expected to grow to USD 50 billion by 2020 from USD 20.8 billion in 2012-13 fiscal at a compounded annual growth rate of 13 per cent, according to NASSCOM.

Global BPM sourcing market is currently valued at about USD 150 billion and India is expected to capture major share of this industry and Indian IT-BPO players are well equipped, as they have built the necessary technological expertise in Business Process as a Service (BPaaS), automation, IT-BPM interplay, etc. India’s BPM industry has changed its pricing models wherein it offers tailored pricing models like outcome based pricing model, according to client requirements, according to NASSCOM President Som Mittal. Already, the industry had moved to a non-linear trajectory. "The industry's growth from $18 bn to $20 bn was non-linear as people addition was far less compared to the normal course," according to Raman Roy, founder of BPM firm Quattro and who is regarded as one of the pioneers of India's BPO industry. Domain specialists in sectors like healthcare and retail will be the growth drivers for India's business process outsourcing (BPO) services industry, according to industry body NASSCOM. Nasscom president Som Mittal said the association was launching an outreach program that engages with various influencers, including academia and parents, about career options in the BPM industry.

Indian BPO Industry has been developing transformational outsourcing models that are more integrated with IT technologies and delivering clients huge value benefits and are also impacting the business outcomes of their clients. Higher end work in the areas of analytics, market research, MIS, customer relationship management, social media marketing, etc. and highly specialized work related to LPO, Healthcare outsourcing is also being outsourced to Indian vendors like Genpact, WNS, TCS BPO, Infosys BPO, HCL BPO, etc. Mergers and Acquisitions are also increasing as the Indian BPO players are looking to acquire new skills and technologies and offer them to clients that will not only increase their revenues but also increase their profitability. They are also establishing near shore development centers in Mexico, Brazil, etc and also in eastern European countries like Poland, etc. Indian BPO Industry has transformed into BPM Industry and looking to continue its growth trajectory. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

India Datacentre Market 2013 – Significant growth expected till 2016

Data Centres are facilities that house computer systems and store data - are of two types captive (firms setting up centres for their own use) and third-party (outsourced).Data centres market in India is seeing a good growth since past few years thanks to the explosion of data through smartphones, social networking sites and ecommerce companies. Even Government of India have initiated projects like Aadhar Card project by Unique Identification Authority of India, digitization of Land records, citizen services, etc. are also increasing the demand for data centres in India. In India market is dominated by third-party data centre providers like Netmagic, Tulip Telecom, CtrlS and telecom firms Reliance, Tata Communications and Sify that provide services to internet companies like Yahoo, Ebay, Flipkart, Myntra, etc. According to Nasscom, India’s data centre market was at about $2.2 billion in 2012 and is estimated to grow by more than 8% over the next 3-4 years. The current data centre space available is India is about 3.7 million sq ft as of 2012-end and is estimated to rise to 6.3 million sq ft by 2017, said Naresh Singh, Principal Research Analyst with Gartner, with service providers leading majority of the growth. In terms of market size, it is projected to grow to $3 billion (Rs 16,320 crore) from $2.2 billion (Rs 11,960 crore) in the same period. Data centre capacity is concentrated across certain cities such as Bangalore, Mumbai New Delhi and Hyderabad. Gartner valued the colocation and hosting market in India at US$609.1m in 2012 and by 2016 it will be worth $1.3bn.

The Date Centre Dynamics Intelligence Industry Census data collected in 2012 shows that investment in India’s data centre market was expected to reach US$4.4bn in 2012, up from $4.1bn in 2011 (China investment for 2012 was expected to be $8.7bn and Brazil’s $5.5bn). In India, this represents 1.21m sq m of data centre space being built – up from 0.76m sq m in 2011, and a power demand of 1.04 GW in 2012. A report by Frost & Sullivan which predicted that by 2018 there will be almost nine million square feet of data centre floor space — a three-fold increase from current levels. Most of the demand for data centres in India is from IT and IT-enabled service firms, banking and financial services sector, telecom companies, Internet service providers and consumer goods firms. The Indian IT infrastructure market, comprising of server, storage and networking equipment, will total $2.1 billion in 2013, growing 9.7 percent compared to 2012, according to Gartner, Inc and market is driven by hardware refresh, optimization and consolidation efforts and new data centre build. But the industry is facing severe problems like unpredictable power supply which will lead to shutdown of datacenters that costs in terms of money and data loss, unreliable internet connectivity, limited bandwidth and unreliable optical fiber connectivity between different parts of the country.  Despite these problems the demand for data centres in India is expected to grow because of the national e-governance projects by Central and State government and prospective changes in regulations by Reserve Bank of India planning to make it mandatory for data to reside within the geographic boundaries of the country. Even Indian companies are looking to increase the usage of Third Party Data centres as they also need to store data that they are collecting during their business activities and use such data for business decision making.