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Friday 19 January 2018

* NEW RESEARCH * UK quoted tech stocks soar in 2017

chartEight UK tech companies joined the London Stock Exchange in 2017, with five departures resulting in a net gain of three. However, the gain in aggregate value was more dramatic, increasing by 58% from £26.2b at the end of 2016 to £41.3b at the end of 2017. This was driven by the general increase in value of tech stocks, the revaluation of Micro Focus – now the UK’s most valuable software company – post the HPE Software acquisition, and the IPO of Alfa Financial Software which was valued at £1.6b at the year end.

Subscribers to the TechMarketView Foundation Service can download the latest edition of IndustryViews Quoted Sector to see our analysis of how the stock performance of UK software and IT services companies listed on the London Stock Exchange compares with their key international peers.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '07:54'

Friday 19 January 2018

ARE YOU READY TO BECOME THE NEXT GREAT BRITISH SCALEUP?

We can help you find out – and show you how to get there!

logoThe TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme has already helped several UK tech SMEs test their readiness to scale up further and faster using the ScaleUp Growth Index®, a proprietary scorecard which identifies areas of your business that might be an inhibitor to achieving extraordinary growth. Unlike traditional company scorecards which typically measure past financial performance, the ScaleUp Growth Index® assesses your company’s future scale-up potential.

logoYou can find out your potential too by applying to participate in the third Great British Scaleup Event (GBS3), to be held at the offices of GBS Programee Official Supporter, techUK, in London on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th March 2018. Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a CEO-level closed-door 90-minute workshop session with TechMarketView research directors and executive advisors from ScaleUp Group, the team of successful tech entrepreneurs that have been responsible for accelerating growth and achieving over £4b in successful exits at many well-known tech companies.

Using the ScaleUp Growth Index®, the workshop will measure your company’s scale-up potential in key areas including solution opportunity and competitiveness, business and financial model, and executive leadership to provide you with a baseline to grow from. You can then use the Index to track your progress as you implement your scale-up plans.

logoIn addition, every applicant, whether selected for GBS3 or not, will be entitled to an optional initial infrastructure assessment at no charge and with no obligation by managed cloud and infrastructure services firm Cogeco Peer 1, the Enterprise Cloud & Infrastructure Services Technology Partner for the Great British Scaleup programme.

There are 4 workshop slots available on each of the two days of the GBS3 event. To nominate yourself or a company you know, please fill in the Nomination Form on the TechMarketView website here by Wednesday 31st January 2018. There is no charge to participate, nor any obligation to follow through on the outcomes.

Apply now and let us help you get better prepared for the next stage of your scale-up journey

If you have any queries about the Great British Scaleup programme, please drop an email to gbs@techmarketview.com or call TechMarketView Managing Partner Anthony Miller (020 3002 8463).

Posted by HotViews Editor at '06:00'

Thursday 18 January 2018

techUK becomes Great British Scaleup Programme Official Supporter

logoWe are delighted to announce that techUK, the industry association representing technology businesses operating in the UK, has become an Official Supporter of the TechMarketView Great British Scaleup (GBS) Programme.

GBS was launched in March 2017 in association with business growth advisors ScaleUp Group to assist UK tech SMEs achieve their scale-up potential. GBS comprises a programme of intensive CEO-level workshops to help UK technology business owners identify the opportunities and obstacles to achieving extraordinary growth.

logotechUK CEO Julian David said, “With uncertainty around Brexit, it is a critical time to support growing UK businesses. We are working closely with our members and Government to ensure that the UK is the best place in the world to start and grow a tech business. As an official supporter of the Great British Scaleup programme, we look forward to providing the insights, tools and guidance that tech entrepreneurs need to grow rapidly in the UK. Many of techUK’s 950 member companies have grown from small businesses to be leaders in the industry and we see it as an imperative to work with like-minded partners to help home-grown businesses achieve their full potential.”

“We are extremely grateful for techUK’s support of the Great British Scaleup Programme”, commented TechMarketView Managing Partner, Anthony Miller. “We believe that there is tremendous potential among UK tech SMEs to grow further, faster. Having techUK as an Official Supporter will materially help us identify and assist these companies on their scale-up journey.”

For further information about the Great British Scaleup Programme, please contact gbs@techmarketview.com

About techUK

 techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 950 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ approximately 700,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of our members are small and medium-sized businesses.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '07:11' - Tagged: gbs  

Monday 15 January 2018

Government shared services: lacking courage or realistic?

Shared Services_Future Tech RoadmapWe were promised that the UK Government’ shared services strategy would be reinvigorated. And at the end of last week, the Cabinet Office launched its new agenda, setting a direction for the next ten years. The response on Twitter was far from positive; one digital government journalist (@ad_greenway) stated, “The most disappointing document the UK government has put out in at least 7 years”. His tweet was retweeted 59 times and liked 129 times.

The reason for the criticism? Mainly that there is a persistent commitment to the use of the large traditional ERP players: SAP and Oracle. The third platform to be developed will be a “cheaper alternative for smaller departments”. Unit 4’s Agresso platform, which was the original platform for the DfT shared services centre, but is now only used at DiFID, doesn’t get a mention in the forward view.

The ten-year roadmap is not bold enough for some. But if we are to be kinder, it would be to say that the strategy is, instead, realistic. Read more...

Posted by Georgina O'Toole at '09:59' - Tagged: public+sector   centralgovernment   erp   bpo   sharedservices   government  

Monday 15 January 2018

**NEW RESEARCH** Open Banking - It's Alive!

cover2018 is going to be a year when a tidal wave of regulatory change hits the banking sector, with the EU’s Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD 2)/Open Banking and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) both launching in the first half.

The first to go live was the UK’s Open Banking initiative, which came into operation this weekend, requiring the UK’s nine largest banks to open up their data and payment rails to authorised third parties. We covered the regulations in detail in our report Open Banking & PSD 2 , but the key question now is whether this is going to be a damp squib, a charter for cyber-criminals or a revolution in the way we bank?

It is important for SITS suppliers to the financial services industry to be fully briefed on the factors that are in play, so that they can anticipate the needs of their Financial Services clients and help them think through the impacts of Open Banking and how to deal with them.

Subscribers to FinancialServicesViews can access our latest FinTech report “Open Banking – It’s Alive”, here. If you don’t yet subscribe to this research stream, please contact Deb Seth on dseth@techmarketview.com

Posted by Peter Roe at '08:07' - Tagged: banking   regulation   FinTech  

Friday 12 January 2018

** NEW RESEARCH ** Cyber Security Supplier Prospects 2018

Cyber Security Supplier Prospects 2018Out now is the “Cyber Security Supplier Prospects 2018” report, which looks at the Top Ten UK players (by revenue), and assesses what they need to do to be successful in 2018 and beyond.

A dangerous cocktail of expanding cyber threats, a shrinking skills base and new data protection regulation is putting pressure on UK enterprise IT departments which need to safeguard their systems, applications and data from theft, disruption and unauthorised access.

Many need suppliers able to give them an integrated framework of cyber security hardware and software infrastructure and associated advisory services to strengthen their defences and reduce their spiralling security management overhead.

The report analyses the challenges those UK cyber security players now face in meeting that demand whilst maintaining their position in a fast moving, competitive market. It also pinpoints the looming obstacles and opportunities that could hamper or boost their progress and profitability over the coming years.

This report should be read alongside TechMarketView’s Security Supplier Ranking 2017 and forthcoming Cyber Security Market Trends and Forecasts (2017-2020) reports.

If you would like to access the report (authored by Principal Analyst Martin Courtney) and are not currently a subscriber to our SecureConnectViews research stream, please contact Deb Seth on dseth@techmarketview.com.

Posted by Martin Courtney at '09:00' - Tagged: cybersecurity   Suppliers  

Wednesday 10 January 2018

Breaking the Boundaries 2018: The TechMarketView Agenda

Last week TechMarketView’s Chief Analyst Georgina O’Toole introduced our research theme for 2018, Breaking the Boundaries; and each of our analysts gazed into their crystal balls providing predictions for the coming year in their respective fields.

Breaking the Boundaries

If you missed the launch on UKHotViews, you can catch up via the links below:

·     TechMarketView Research Theme 2018: Breaking the Boundaries

·      Predictions 2018 – Application Services

·      Predictions 2018 – Enterprise Software

·      Predictions 2018 – Business Process Services

·      Predictions 2018 – Infrastructure Services

·      Predictions 2018 – Security, Networking & Cloud

·      Predictions 2018 – Financial Services

·      Predictions 2018 – Public Sector


TechMarketView subscription clients should also log in to read the detail behind the UKHotViews pieces in the Predictions 2018 series of reports, which have now been published within our focused research streams.

2018 Research Agenda

Today, we are building on the launch of our predictions for the year ahead with the publication of Breaking the Boundaries 2018, a document available to all which sets out the key themes running through TechMarketView’s 2018 research agenda. Hear from each of our experts about the market shaping trends impacting their specialist areas and how we’ll be setting out to support our clients in the year ahead.
Download your copy HERE.

TMV logoBreaking the Boundaries 2018 also introduces our new strapline ‘UK depth, Global trends’, which highlights the fact that TechMarketView analysts blend a deep understanding of the UK tech market and its suppliers – augmented by privileged conversations with CXOs across the industry – with insight into global tech trends.

As you read through the document, you’ll see that our research directors are able to help you to navigate change and spot opportunities across a broad spectrum of markets and focus areas from Robotic Process Automation (RPA) through cyber security to cloud transformation; and from the payments market to the police market.

You will also hear from our Managing Partner, Anthony Miller, about our passion for the start-up and scale- up scene in the UK. We are delighted to continue to identify and support innovative SMEs through programmes such as Great British Scaleups and Little British Battlers. Getting close to these innovators also gives us great insight into emerging technologies and future disruptors.

Now more than ever, this makes TechMarketView a natural partner to software, IT services and business process services suppliers in the UK market – indeed, to anyone with an interest in the sector.

We look forward to Breaking the Boundaries together in 2018!

Posted by Tola Sargeant at '17:41'

Wednesday 10 January 2018

**NEW RESEARCH** Financial Services Supplier Prospects 2018

logoPublished today is the new Financial Services Supplier Prospects 2018 report.

In this report we look at the Top Ten leading players (by revenue) in the UK Financial Services market, and assess what they will need to do to be successful this year and beyond. We also provide our view on the potential challenges that suppliers will face as they endeavour to realise their potential in the short and mid-term.

As the market gets to grips with another raft of new regulations and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the major suppliers need to reinforce their relationships with their key customers, continue to build their domain expertise and develop deep understanding of the strategic imperatives of their customers. In addition, they will be called upon to deliver a wider range of technologies and skills and at the same time set new standards in terms of cost levels, commercial models and partnerships, with both customers and suppliers.

The sector as a whole has moved onto the front foot in terms of the pursuit of growth and many established financial services providers are re-assessing how they deal with their legacy IT estate. It will be an interesting year for the largest suppliers of Software and IT Services into this dynamic market sector.

This report should be read alongside the FinancialServicesViews Supplier Ranking report for 2017 and our Financial Services Predictions 2018 report.

If you would like to access the report (which is authored by our Financial Services Research Director, Peter Roe) and are not currently a subscriber to our FinancialServicesViews research stream, please contact Deb Seth on dseth@techmarketview.com.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '08:15' - Tagged: cloud   partnerships   financialservices   legacy   banking   regulation   FinTech  

Tuesday 09 January 2018

May's cabinet reshuffle: most interesting moves

Theresa May photoIt’s fair to say that Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle didn’t exactly go to plan yesterday. In the end it wasn’t so much a fresh start as a tweaking. Many Cabinet Minsters remained in position. Others ended up in different roles to those May had intended. We can but second guess – as many media outlets have – the conversations that went on behind closed doors.

From a ICT market perspective, there were, though, some interesting changes... read more. If you are not yet a subscriber to TechMarketView's research services, please contact Deb Seth to find out more.

Posted by Georgina O'Toole at '16:23' - Tagged: public+sector  

Tuesday 09 January 2018

**NEW RESEARCH** Cloud and Infrastructure Services Supplier Prospects 2018

Out now is the new Cloud and Infrastructure Services Supplier Prospects 2018 report.supplier prospects

The report looks at the Top Ten largest suppliers of Infrastructure Services in the UK market, examining the challenges they face and the strengths they bring.

Many of them are living through a period of substantial change: evolution of the portfolio, restructuring of the business, and mergers, for example. Consideration is being given to the types of contracts pursued, new operating models and workforce rebalancing in an effort to optimise performance. 


All of the leading players in the market still need to increase the balance of revenue from higher growth ‘digital’ areas. This is not just about developing the right offerings in the portfolio, it is about creating confidence amongst buyers and having effective processes and methodologies to migrate them from the ‘old’ to the ‘new’. 


The report should be read alongside Infrastructure Services Supplier Ranking 2017 and Infrastructure Services Market Trends and Forecasts (2017-2020).

If you would like to access the report (which is authored by Chief Research Officer, Kate Hanaghan) and are not currently a subscriber to our Infrastructure Services research, please contact Deb Seth.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '09:49'

Monday 08 January 2018

NOMINATIONS OPEN – GREAT BRITISH SCALEUP EVENT MARCH 2018

logoWe are delighted to announce the third TechMarketView Great British Scaleup Event will be held in London on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th March 2018.

The Great British Scaleup programme is already helping UK tech SMEs achieve a step-change in growth, through a closed-door, 90-minute workshop session with TechMarketView analysts and executive advisors from ScaleUp Group, the team of successful tech entrepreneurs that have been responsible for accelerating growth and achieving over £4b in successful exits at many well-known tech companies.

logoThe workshop will assess your company’s potential and scalability using the ScaleUp Growth Index®, a proprietary scorecard which identifies areas of your business that might be an inhibitor to achieving extraordinary growth. Unlike traditional company scorecards which measure past financial performance, the ScaleUp Growth Index® assesses your company’s future scale-up potential. The ScaleUp Growth Index® gets you better prepared to undertake the next stage of your scale-up journey. You can use the Index to compare yourself with peers and track your progress as you implement your plans.

logoIn addition, every applicant will be entitled to an optional initial infrastructure assessment at no charge and with no obligation by managed cloud and infrastructure services firm Cogeco Peer 1, the Enterprise Cloud & Infrastructure Services Technology Partner for the Great British Scaleup programme.

There are 4 workshop slots available on each day. To nominate yourself or a company you know, just fill in the Nomination Form on the TechMarketView website here by Wednesday 31st January 2018. There is no charge to participate, nor any obligation to follow through on the outcomes.

If you have any queries about the Great British Scaleup programme, please drop an email to gbs@techmarketview.com.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '00:00'

Friday 05 January 2018

**RESEARCH** TechMarketView’s End User Insights

We have many confidential conversations with senior IT decision makers, but in our End User Insight Series we aim to share some of those interesting stories that are suitable for public consumption. In case you have missed any of those recently published, here’s a reminder:

ThyssenKrupp Elevator: We take a look at how the company is applying the Internet of Things to address critical business challenges, particularly around maintenance issues. Thyssenkrupp Elevator: Using IoT to take lifts to the next leveltesco

FrieslandCampina: We examine how moving SAP to Amazon Web Services has highlighted the benefits of working with smaller specialist suppliers – not least Little British Battler, Lemongrass. Dairy firm takes giant step to AWS

Tesco Labs: We look at how Tesco Labs, a dedicated innovation unit run out of the UK, is exploring ways to better serve shoppers through the latest technology, such as the Internet of Things. Tesco Labs: Ushering in the connected home 

Mortgage Brain: Owned by six of the big mortgage lenders, the company demonstrates how cloud delivered services have an important role to play in improving both customer experience and compliancy. Cloud for customer experience and compliancy

Not for profit: We look at the germination effect within a UK-based organisation: machine learning enabled applications spawning use cases once the first deployment is active, and their role as a catalyst for operational and process change. Machine learning in service desk change

npower and others: Here we provide insights from conversations with senior business managers responsible for managing Robotic Process Automation deployments in the highly regulated UK energy & utilities and retail banking sectors. Robotic Process Automation in retail banking and energy


If you are not a TechMarketView subscriber, please speak to Deb Seth for more information.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '09:54' - Tagged: AI   RPA   VR