A major phase of outsourcing consists of selecting your service providers. That can be a major challenge. As Brown & Wilson Group’s Doug Brown and Scott Wilson write in their best-selling volume on outsourcing, The Black Book of Outsourcing, “There are many capable outsourcing vendors. They come in myriad types and sizes. There are top-tier, full-service, large organizations; second-tier, specialty best-of-breed vendors; and small, strategically located vendors. Making a smart choice among them requires strategizing to decide what type of business you want to become and which vendor has the capability to help you fulfill your goals and improve the corporate bottom line.”
How do you make a smart choice in outsourcing vendors? After you’ve put together your selection team (consisting of representatives from technology, budget and finance as well as staff and management from user groups), the next step in vendor selection involves gathering vendor information. This compilation, put together by the two authors after performing extensive survey work,can help you composea “long list” of companies to whom to issue your requests for information. (Though as the authors explain, “long” is a relative term; they recommend a rule of thumb that your long list have no more than one vendor per member of the selection committee.)
That’s where the “50 Best Managed Global Outsourcing Vendors” list will prove its worth. Chances are, if you’re seeking to outsource IT, human resources or some other business process function, there are several companies on this list you should consider for that long list.
Measure of a Leader
We required companies in the “Top 50 Best Managed Outsourcing Vendors” to have demonstrated consistent strength in four survey areas:
- Human capital performance
- CEO commitment
- Corporate direction
- Leadership impact
Each area is weighted for significance. It’s easier, for example, to obtain data on human capital, so the survey always has had far more questions in this area. In past surveys, therefore, this sector counted considerably more than the other three, just by virtue of having more responses.
However, in our assessment of outsourcing management, we have found that CEO commitment is the most crucial area at this time in the industry’s growth. Without a strong diversity champion at the top of a company, no “best managed” status or management improvement initiative can have long-term success. Therefore, in this year’s survey, we have weighted the questions to give more emphasis to CEO commitment, followed by human capital performance, corporate direction and leadership impact.
Additionally, throughout the survey, we included questions designed to measure satisfaction of clients, customers, users and buyers. In our analysis of the data, we applied these outcomes directly to the information provided by vendor company management. We rated companies on a 100-point scale, based on responses from the customer and employee surveys. The Brown-Wilson Group doesn’t choose or influence the rankings.
Methodology: How We Measured the Top 50
The survey for our “50 Best Managed Global Outsourcing Vendors” was distributed electronically to customers, employees, buyers, contractors and users worldwide in early 2006. In January surveys were sent to 50,000 individuals in corporations, businesses, organizations and government agencies who use, offer and are employed in outsourcing services. The survey was also available on several Websites. Survey participation was voluntary and anonymous. Survey entry codes were available only one time. The survey closed in June 2006. Itconsisted of 26 questions on leadership impact, influence, management performance, client satisfaction, employee satisfaction and organizational excellence. Another 18 optional questions focused on innovation, growth, internal management practices and global results.
A total of 12,755 qualified outsourcing purchasers/users and 3,340 outsourcing corporate employees answered the survey. Of those, 46% were from North America, 22% from Europe and 24% from Asia or the Pacific Region. Of employee respondents, 18.3% were management or supervisory level, 81.7% were non-management.
2006 Best Managed Global Outsourcing Vendors
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Rank Black Book Index Company Rank in 2005 Change from 2005 Est. 05 Revenue Net Profit Margin Employees Leader Services 1 95.1 Affiliated Computer Services (Public, NYSE:ACS): With new CEO and several key acquisitions, Fortune 500 ACS outperforms with 2006's top ITO & BPO contracts, High standards & highest customer satisfaction scores. 10 +9 $4.4B 7.45% 52,000 Mark King BPO, ITO, HRO 2 93.4 Satyam (Public, NYSE:SAY): This outsourcer who pioneered the offshore development center model for software delivery saw profits zoom 54% and record 36% growth. With Accenture's former chief marketing officer onboard, Satyam won't be satisfied being #2. 19 +17 $1.1B 22.81% 29,000 B. Rama Raju BPO, ITO 3 92.9 Cognizant (Public, NASDAQ:CTSH): Agile, fast moving, touting a strong track record of delivering business results, One of BusinessWeek's "Hot Growth" companies of 2006. 21 +18 $886M 18.34% 25,000 Lakshmi Narayanan ITO, BPO 4 92.6 Perot Systems (Public, NYSE:PER): Awarded for superior ITO services, Perot delivered new industry solutions generating big revenue leaps with appreciable expansions into the government and healthcare revenue cycle outsourcing. 43 +39 $2B 5.20% 18,000 Peter A. Altabef ITO 5 92.2 Infosys (Public, NASDAQ:INFY): Crossing over to $2B in Annual Revenue, INFY acquired Progeon BPO from Citicorp as profits jumped 31%.A corporate recruiting program aims to hire top talent grads from US universities this year. 25 +20 $2.2B 26.02% 58,000 Nandan M. Nilekani ITO, BPO 6 91.9 Patni (Public, NYSE:PTI): New solutions and well-established, structured methodologies grew income 38%. 45 +39 $450M 12.41% 12,000 Narendra K. Patni ITO 7 91.4 TATA Consulting Services (Public, BOM:532540): Six of the Fortune Top 10 companies are among TCS' valued customers. Pioneer in Indian outsourcing. Annual profits rose another 41% with broad Latin American expansion plans. 33 +26 $2.9B 21.97% 54,000 Subramanian Ramadorai ITO 8 91.1 HCL (Public, BOM:532281): India's original garage start-up, HCL Technologies ranked among the world's Top 5 IT services companies & ranked #1 among the world’s specialty offshore infrastructure service providers for two consecutive years. 14 +6 $757M 2.57% 13,000 Shiv Nadar ITO 9 90.7 GenPact (Public, NYSE:GE): The largest BPO company in India, GenPact is the joint venture between GE and private equity firms. Honored as country's most admired employer. 34 +25 $1B 12.25% 30,000 Pramod Bhasin BPO 10 90.2 Mellon (Public, NYSE:MEL): Mellon's efforts to create a complete working capital management solution was highlighted by the acquisition of SourceNet Solutions, a high performing provider of finance and accounting BPO services. Mellon sold its HRO to ACS to focus on asset management product lines. It's paying off. 48 +38 $4.3B 18.88% 17,000 Leon Busch BPO, HRO 11 88.9 Fiserv (Public, NASDAQ:FISV): With a new CEO and COO onboard, Fiserv was on the acquisition track, expanding its technological footprint in the insurance industry. Positive news and strong earnings propelled swiftly growing sales. New – $4.06B 11.66% 23,000 Jeffrey Yabuki BPO 12 86 ClientLogic (Private): Large global presence with 24 US-based BPO facilities. New Latin American centers greatly expand ClientLogic's global footprint while simultaneously bolstering its bilingual and near-shore English services. Top CRM vendor. New – $350M n/a 22,000 David E. Garner BPO 13 85.7 Hewlett Packard (Public, NYSE:HPQ): GM awarded more than $700 million in information technology services contracts over a five-year period. Cost reduction & accountability efforts cut over 15,000 jobs. 3 -10 $86.7B 4.07% 150,000 Mark Hurd ITO 14 85.5 Convergys (Public, NYSE:CVG): Top performing, award winning CRM, Convergys, the largest holder of outsourced SAP licenses in the world, is expanding its 10-year SAP relationship to help accelerate and increase the global growth of its employee care business. 9 -5 $2.6B 4.89% 66,000 James F. Orr Call, HRO 15 84.7 Capgemini (Public, EPA:CAP): Hard charging for North American business, revenue is up 33%, with outsourcing comprising over 38% of Capgemini's total revenue base. 5 -10 $6.9B 2.03% 60,000 Paul Hermelin BPO, ITO 16 83.4 RR Donnelley (Public, NYSE:RRD): 140-year-old US firm that provides solutions in commercial printing, direct mail & financial printing Acquired two major BPOs in the year: OfficeTiger and Astron, creating processes and distribution for mission-critical information for the world's largest companies. 42 +26 $8.4B 1.62% 50,000 Mark A. Angelson BPO 17 82.9 EXL Service Holdings (Private): EXL is driven on a culture of values that has produced record growth and outstanding client satisfaction ratings in financial outsourcing services. New – $344M n/a 7,000 Rohit Kapoor BPO 18 81.6 i-Flex Solutions (Public, BOM:532466): This zero-debt Indian company with 96% of sales originating from software exports offers specialized custom solutions and consulting services to 625 financial services industry customers in 120 countries focused in the lending industry. 32 +14 $323M 16.65% 6,000 Rajesh Hukku ITO 19 80.7 Sutherland (Private): This global BPO anticipated the surge in the European market demand for global sourcing and invested to capture a large share of this business with top ranked global call centers. 11 -8 $200M n/a 13,000 Dilip R. Vellodi Call, BPO 20 80.5 CGI (Public, NYSE:GIB): Founded in 1976, Canada's CGI is eighth largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. To improve bottom line performance, a 1,000 FTE reduction in force (RIF) distressed internals. 40% growth in 2005. 20 – $3.28B 6.11% 25,000 Michael E. Roach BPO 21 77.8 24/7 Customer (Private): Continual improvements earned 24/7 a distinction of being the best performing global call center, lowering attrition & actively mentoring workers to keep clients happy. 22 +1 $300M n/a 7,000 P.V. Kannan ITO 22 76 Accenture (Public, NYSE:ACN): Acquired middle market BPOs. Outsourcing net revenues were $1.64 billion, or 40% of net revenues. Record results didn't necessarily add up to high client satisfaction rankings as Accenture brings aboard a new chief leadership officer to re-train its 10,000+ managers in 2006. 2 -20 $17.1B 7.18% 123,000 Joellin Comerford ITO, BPO, HRO 23 74.5 Ceridian (Public, NYSE:CEN): Signed 100th multinational payroll client. Operational and earnings targets well surpassed. 29 +6 $1.46B 9.56% 9,000 Ronald L. Turner BPO, Call 24 73.6 SOFTTEK (Private): Mexico's nearshore outsourcing alternative, Softtek aims to be America's top BPO. Softtek is one of the few companies outside of India that has global delivery capabilities. New – $140M n/a 4,000 Blanca Trevino BPO 25 71.2 ICICI OneSource (Private): This globally expanding BPO is backed by ICICI Group, which manages total assets of over $38 billion. Its flagship, ICICI Bank, is India’s largest private sector retail bank. 7 -18 $123M 8.99% 8,500 BPO, Call 26 70.6 WNS Global Services (Private): Rated as India's top BPO for two consecutive years by NASSCOM, WNS was recently ranked best performing BPO by neoIT. 49 +23 $165M n/a 12,000 Neeraj Bhargava BPO 27 69.8 Outsource Partners International (Private): Largest outsourcing firm dedicated solely to finance and accounting functions, OPI beefed up the marketing team and opened expanded India operations, resulting in three-year revenue growth of 842%. 39 +12 $42.7M n/a 1,000 Clarence T. Schmitz ITO, BPO 28 69.6 Datamatics (Public, BOM:532528): IT consulting & software solution clients include 5 of top 10 Fortune 500 companies plus customers in 58 countries.116% revenue growth pumped Datamatics up to be third largest pure BPO in India. 38 +10 $30.3M 14.84% 2,000 Sriram Shrinivasan BPO 29 69.4 EPAM (Private): With 83% annual growth, a high demand provider of software engineering outsourcing services in Central and Eastern Europe, Moskow's EPAM is recognized as one of the top worldwide leaders in application development. New – $60M n/a 2,000 Arkadiy Dobkin ITO 30 69.3 Ness Technologies (Public, NASDAQ:NSTC): Israel’s leading IT services and outsourcing company is the big winner of regional BPO business, particularly in banking, insurance & finance. Acquisitions propelled prime growth. New – $386M n/a 7,000 Raviv Zoller BPO 31 69.2 TeleTech Holdings, Inc. (Public, NASDAQ:TTEC): The customer is king with Teletech, and TeleTech was king of new and expanded call center contracts this year. Nearly 60% of TeleTech’s revenue is generated internationally with services offered in 150 languages from nearly every continent on the globe. New – $1.1B 2.93% 40,000 Kenneth D. Tuchman Call 32 68.9 Oracle (Public, NASDAQ:ORCL): Oracle is fighting toe-to-toe with archrival SAP to retain customers picked up through its $20 billion worth of acquisitions, and Oracle’s shopping spree has done little to solve the company’s fundamental problem: sluggishness in its flagship database business. 12 -20 $11.8B 23.51% 50,000 Lawrence J. Ellison ITO 33 68.3 PeopleSupport (Public, NASDAQ:PSPT): CRM- and AR-focused BPO, PeopleSupport reported record revenues and an increase in net income of 74 %. Lowering its dependence upon its biggest clients over the last few years from around 80% to around 50% and growing product lines while expanding the number of seats for its E-reps is putting big cash in the coffers. New – $62.1M 32.27% 4,000 Lance Rosenzweig Call 34 67.6 International Business Alliance (Private): IBA, an alliance of privately owned companies, is the largest IT service provider in Eastern Europe. IBM has been a major strategic partner of IBA from the outset. New – $30M n/a 1,000 Sergei Levteev ITO 35 65.8 IBM Global Services (Public, NYSE:IBM): Big blue is getting bigger and betting big on outsourcing in India. BPO arm IBM-Daksh added over 10,000 staff in 12 months but overall management satisfaction dropped post acquisition from the top ranked position. 1 -34 $46.2B 9.33% 20,000 Ginni Rometty BPO, ITO 36 63.5 EDS (Public, NYSE:EDS): A year of executive & strategic operational shake-ups, EDS completed the sale of its global consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, and established an office of the COO to increase alignment and drive change throughout its business operations including takeover of BPO giant MphasiS. 44 +8 $19.7B 1.52% 117,000 Michael H. Jordan BPO, ITO 37 62.9 Hewitt (Public, NYSE:HEW): One year after Hewitt Associates merged with Exult, Inc., Hewitt sent shock waves through the HRO industry when it announced the retirement of its CEO at year end and the resignation of its president of HRO, effective immediately. At the same time, the company announced that it will be reviewing its guidance for the third quarter and full fiscal 2006 pending a review of its HRO contracts. Wall Street moved Hewitt’s stock price down by 8% to a 52-week low on the day of these announcements. 13 -24 $2.9B 4.76% 22,000 Dale L. Gifford HRO 38 61.4 vCustomer (Private): Handling tens of millions of customer contacts a month, vCustomer was named by BusinessWeek as a top-10 "Hot Player" in global outsourcing call centers. Overall satisfaction took a leap up. 47 +9 $80M n/a 3,000 Sanjay Kumar Call 39 58.9 MphasiS (Public, BOM:526299): EDS has completed the acquisition of a majority stake in MphasiS BFL Limited. With the addition of MphasiS and current expansion plans, EDS’ total India work force is projected to exceed 20,000 by year end but management esteem fell. 4 -35 $205M 15.94% 12,000 Jaithirth Rao BPO, ITO 56.3 Wipro (Public, NYSE:WIT): India's second largest IT company grew revenue 30% and profit after tax grew by 27%. 5% revenue contribution from innovation initiatives. Management shake-ups caused concern and entry for smaller BPOs to compete. 6 -34 $2.3B 18.95% 55,000 Azim H. Premji BPO, ITO, Call 41 55 Xansa (Public, LON:XAN): UK-based Xansa offers financial BPO to primarily European clients. Building sales momentum globally with key contract wins. 15 -26 $376M 3.67% 6,000 Alistair Cox BPO 42 54.1 ADP (Public, NYSE:ADP): Revenues soared through enhanced HRO offerings, ADP pays 1 in 6 private sector workers in the US but competition is capturing payroll marketshare. 31 +11 $8.5B 12.38% 44,000 Arthur F. Weinbach HRO 43 52.3 Caliber Point (Public, BOM:532129): Newcomer Caliber Point Business Solutions is the independent BPO arm of Hexaware Technologies, an IT & BPO services company. New – $147.5M n/a 5,000 Ashok Bildikar BPO, ITO 44 51.6 Larsen & Toubro InfoTech (Public, BOM:500510): A subsidiary of one of Asia's largest construction and engineering corporations and BusinessWeek Asia "Top 50" technology-driven giant, Larsen & Toubro Limited. New – $2.1B 8.32% 24,000 Vijay Kumar Magapu ITO 45 49.8 Luxoft (Private): Russia’s leading software developer and IT services exporter has long-term clients including IBM, Boeing, Dell, and Deutsche Bank. Gaining momentum, Luxoft acquired IT Consulting International, New York-based financial services specialist & keeps growing. New – $37.3M n/a 2,000 Dmitriy Loschinin ITO 46 49.3 eTelecare (Private): 70% growth in call center business spurs entry on the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq later this year or in early 2007. New – $153M n/a 7,000 John Harris Call 47 49.1 Unisys (Public, NYSE:UIS): Troubles abound for UIS with RIFs & low morale chatter. Management challenged to react to lower profit margins and higher losses. 17 -30 $5.76B -29.7% 36,000 Joseph W. McGrath ITO 48 48.9 Freeborders (Private): Amassing a top notch creative executive team in the US, this technology outsourcing provider from China has secured $20 million in expansion capital from investors and is ready to expand. New – n/a n/a 1,000 Ramsey Walker ITO 49 48.6 Computer Sciences Corp. (Public, NYSE:CSC): Big government contract wins but lower client satisfaction scores among large competitors, CSC explored potential sale of the company, then decided to go with a stock buyback program instead. It also announced that it will cut 5,300 jobs over the next two years, mainly from its European operations. Shaky times. 16 -33 $14.6B 3.95% 79,000 Van B. Honeycutt ITO 50 48.4 SPi (Private): Philippines-based outsourcing leader in the healthcare, legal, publishing and transaction markets, SPi outperformed 15 former list winners & competitor BPOs to make the 2006 rankings. Honored recently as the top global leader in human capital development. Acquired in July 2006, at the time of this writing, by ePLDT. New – – n/a 6,500 Ernest L. Cu BPO
BPO: Business process outsourcing
Call: Call center outsourcing
HRO: Human resources outsourcing
ITO: Information technology outsourcing
Trends in Global Outsourcing
Change is a constant among outsourcing vendors. From last year to this year, the following 15 outsourcing vendors have fallen off the “Best Managed” list.
- Northrop Grumman IT
- Siemens Business Services
- Atos Origin
The following 10 companies have fallen in ranking from 2005:
The following "Freshman Firms" have moved onto the list in 2006:
- EXL Services
- Ness Technologies
- People Support
- IBA Group
- Caliber Point Hexaware
- Larsen & Toubro Infotech
The following 10 companies have made significant jumps in their 2006 ranking over 2005:
- TATA Consultancy Services
- RR Donnelly
- WNS Global
As you can see, the Indian IT outsourcing service sector has effectively challenged the dominance of the six global Goliaths:
- Hewlett Packard
As predicted last year by TPI, an outsourcing consulting firm, the outsourcing “big six” are seeing their dominance contested in the outsourcing deals that are in the TPI pipeline and in development. The company said that over 50% of the of the $100 billion worth of outsourcing contracts due for renewal globally in the next two years — out of which $17 billion could come in the next six months — have a significant offshoring component “much of which could come India’s way.”
“The Big Six of outsourcing could see their dominance challenged,” said Dennis McGuire, founder and chairman, TPI. “Historically, buyers would outsource to a single vendor. Now they look for multiple vendors and specialists around the world.”
When you examine the large outsourcing deals signed since September, this trend becomes evident.
In the biggest outsourcing deal coming out of Europe ever, when ABN Amro Bank awarded its $2.2 billion outsourcing contract in September last year, it didn’t just go to the established players such as IBM and Accenture. About $400 million worth of contracts were awarded to TCS ($2