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Sunday 29 March 2020

*UKHotViewsExtra* Early-stage funds still investing but at lower valuations

logoA straw poll conducted by our very good friends at Corporate Advisory network, ScaleUp Group, suggests that early-stage funds (Series A and up) are still investing, although the vast majority expect valuations will be significantly lower than pre-C-19. The poll included both VCTs (venture capital trusts) and non-VCTs.

Among the funds who responded, nearly 80% said that C-19 has not stopped them investing in new opportunities or in their existing portfolio, but of those, 90% said that they expected valuations to be significantly lower, especially for sectors such as hospitality, travel, sports and leisure.

However, most (90%) of funds who continue to invest in new opportunities did not expect that the C-19 crisis would significantly lengthen the due diligence process.

It must be said that this poll is not a fully representative selection of the more than 80 funds that ScaleUp Group regularly deal with. However, the polarisation of the responses to each question suggests that these responses may be a useful indicator as to the thinking of other funds. If so, I think these results are encouraging. Since the beginning of March, we have published commentary on funding rounds of no fewer 30 startups and scaleups in UKHotViews (TechMarketView research subscription service clients can search on posts tagged ‘funding’) compared with 31 in February and just 23 published in March 2019.

UKHotViewsPremiumTechMarketView research service and UKHotViews Premium subscribers can also see some of the anecdotal comments from the funds polled in UKHotViews Extra.

We will be publishing our regular quarterly analysis of UK tech funding deals in the next edition of IndustryViews Venture Capital in a few weeks’ time. The Q4 2019 edition is available now for download by TechMarketView research service and UKHotViews Premium subscribers.

Posted by Anthony Miller at '15:59' - Tagged: funding   startup  

Friday 27 March 2020

*NEW RESEARCH* Public Sector Supplier Prospects 2020 and Beyond

Prospects Report TitleTechMarketView's Public Sector Supplier Prospects 2020 report is now available. In this publication we look at the Top 20 suppliers in the UK public sector software and IT services (SITS) market, reviewing recent progress, looking at the key market challenges and assessing what suppliers need to do to maximise their potential in 2020 and beyond.

The Brexit impasse that had been hanging over the UK was finally resolved in 2020 and we appeared to be entering a period of renewed investment in public services. However, as 2019 came to an end the first reports of a viral pneumonia outbreak in China were starting to appear; little did we know, just a few months later, the world would be facing the unprecedented challenge of tackling the spread of COVID-19. For public sector SITS suppliers, success in 2020 will first and foremost rely on an ability to navigate this crisis.

Notwithstanding the impact of COVID-19, there are steps that suppliers must take to make sure that they remain relevant for the future. The relative importance of these steps varies across the Top 20 UK public sector SITS suppliers featured in this report, but each should be considered if suppliers aim to position themselves as an indispensable partner to public service providers.

Suppliers featured in this report: Accenture, Agilisys, Atos, BAE Systems, BT Group, Capgemini, Capita, CGI, Civica, Computacenter, Dell Technologies, DXC, Fujitsu, IBM, Leidos, Microsoft, Northgate Public Services, Oracle, Serco and Sopra Steria. This report should be read alongside our UK Public Sector SITS Supplier Rankings 2019 and UK Public Sector SITS Market Trends & Forecasts 2019-2022 reports.

If you are an existing PublicSectorViews subscriber, you can read the report now. If you’d like to discuss an extension to your existing subscription or would like details of how to subscribe to TechMarketView, please email Deb Seth.

Posted by Dale Peters at '10:00' - Tagged: government   legacy   transformation   prospects   covid-19  

Thursday 26 March 2020

*New Research* COVID-19 Tech Sector Impact

COVID-19 Tech market impact report coverTechMarketView is about to embark on its annual cycle of UK software and IT services market forecasting. We will seek, as usual, to predict the growth (or decline) of the UK SITS market over the next four years, through to 2023.

Never have we faced such uncertainty. We are in the throes of a rapidly developing global situation – one which sees us entering uncharted territory and has an indeterminable length and impact (initial outbreaks could be followed by secondary outbreaks). We can expect news – both worldwide and domestically – that is both positive and negative.

Much will be dependent on whether the fiscal stimulus provided by the UK Government is enough to prevent the UK economy entering a period of recession in H2 2020.

The TechMarketView team is currently considering the potential future scenarios we might face and the likely impact on the UK tech market. In this, our latest research, we outline how tech suppliers have reacted to the crisis to date. We highlight what their customers are saying. And we provide our initial thoughts on the short-term and long-term consequences.

History shows that following any sort of economic crisis, market leaders tend to be the ones to benefit while weaker competitors are at a disadvantage. We expect this diversification in the performance of UK tech companies to be equally true during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. But it will not just be about market leaders vs. the rest. Other factors will play a part: the industry sectors in which their clients sit, their types of contract, the resilience of their business models and supply chains, and the strength of client relationships will all play a part.

If you are a TechMarketView subscriber, you can download the research now. If you are not yet a subscriber, please contact Deb Seth to find out how you can access more research and analysis as we navigate uncharted territories.

Posted by Georgina O'Toole at '21:15' - Tagged: markettrends   covid-19  

Wednesday 25 March 2020

*NEW RESEARCH* AWS: Operationalising AI/ML

imageHow is Amazon Web Services (AWS) helping with the challenges end user organisations face when moving AI/ML-backed projects into production across the enterprise, to deliver the type of substantive, transformational business change expected?

Download AWS: Operationalising AI/ML for insight into its three layer approach and areas of focus; and how they compare to Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.

A layered approach catering to different user communities is common across all three suppliers but there are differences in emphasis, with AWS proactive in areas such as ‘applied’ services and tooling for production environments. 

There is more than customer adoption at stake when it comes to AI/ML; this technology area opens the door to deeper business-level conversations with the C-suite, which is one of the reasons there is so much to play for. A comparison of the Microsoft and Google Cloud approaches is available in the companion Microsoft and Google Cloud: Operationalising AI/ML report.

If you’d like to read these reports but don’t have a TechMarketView subscription, email Deb Seth for information on how to subscribe. 

Posted by Angela Eager at '16:42' - Tagged: cloud   AI   machinelearning   hyperscalers  

Monday 23 March 2020

*UKHotViewsExtra* Getting beyond the hype (Part 2) – RPA adoption within the NHS

NHSSecond in a series of case studies looking at how RPA is being adopted, today we publish an interview with Darren Atkins, Chief Technology Officer at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust into how automation is gaining traction within the health service.

RPA at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust was created 2 years ago from the merger of Colchester and Ipswich hospitals. Around the same time, CTO Darren Atkins created a new innovation team to look into the merits of automation. Atkins had looked at the automation market some 10 years previous but had been underwhelmed with what was on offer. Recent headlines and controversy of “robots taking over the world” had renewed his interest.

Getting the culture right

Interested in what RPA had to offer, Atkins was keen to start with the organisational culture and setting firm expectations around what automation meant in reality, conscious that he did not want robot technology to appear threatening. The mantra selected for automation in the Trust was “making time matter” – the emphasis being on demonstrating how robots would help clinical and corporate staff free-up time to spend on patients. Whilst there were some secondary benefits, for example increased clinical utilisation and a reduction in outpatients, the primary goal, and measurement of success, was time saved.

The decision was also made to be very open and honest about the technology and not hide the robots away. Robots have their own identity on all the Trust’s different systems and are fully engaged with the security and information governance teams, ensuring that there is full control and compliance over the work undertaken.

UK Hotviews PremiumSubscribers to our HotViewsPremium service can read the interview here: *UKHotViewsExtra* Getting beyond the hype (Part 2) – RPA adoption within the NHS.

If you are not yet a TechSectorViews subscriber, please contact Deb Seth to find out how you can access this research.

Posted by Marc Hardwick at '11:46' - Tagged: RPA  

Monday 23 March 2020

*UKHotViewsExtra* Getting beyond the hype – RPA adoption and value delivered “on the ground”

To get a true picture of RPA adoption and the real value that the technology is delivering to organisations “on the ground”, we are showcasing this week two case studies outlining how a major insurance provider and an NHS Trust are separately adopting RPA. Today we start with an interview with Alastair Robertson, Head of Continuous Improvement and Automation at Zurich UK. Later in the week we will publish an interview with Darren Atkins, Chief Technology Officer at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

Both Zurich and East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Trust are mature proponents of automation within their respective industries, so should not be regarded as typical of the wider industry, but they do demonstrate what current good practice looks like away from vendor hype.

ZurichRPA within Zurich UK

Zurich started on its automation journey 4 ½ years ago, initially using an external consultant to train a small number of staff in Blue Prism’s software within the firm’s Life Insurance business. Adoption within the first couple of years saw pockets of activity, predominantly focused on automating some simple processes. A major change in approach occurred when the company went through its most recent shift in strategic cycle about 2 ½ years ago, which saw the UK organisation simplified with a real focus from the Executive on nurturing automation and centralising resources.

UKHotViews PremiumSubscribers to our HotViewsPremium service can read the interview here: *UKHotViewsExtra* Getting beyond the hype – RPA adoption and value delivered “on the ground”.

If you are not yet a TechSectorViews subscriber, please contact Deb Seth to find out how you can access this research.

Posted by Marc Hardwick at '07:56' - Tagged: RPA  

Monday 23 March 2020

CGI's SEARCH FOR PARTNERS WITH 'NORTHERN EXPOSURE' IS STILL ON!!

logologoAs previously announced,TechMarketView is helping CGI, one of the world’s largest IT and business consulting services firms, find innovative tech companies based in the North of England as potential partners.

In light of the COVID-19 situation, we now intend to run pitch sessions over Webex week beginning 27th April 2020. This will also allow much greater flexibility in scheduling pitch sessions to suit applicant companies and their executive team.

We are also extending the application deadline by two weeks until Friday 3rd April 2020.

This is a still great opportunity to leverage your business in these uncertain times through a partnership with CGI, one of the world’s largest IT and business consulting services firms.

Pitch event update

We expect to run ‘virtual’ pitch sessions over Webex week beginning 27th April 2020 to identify businesses that are the best fit for a strategic partnership with CGI at a date and time to be agreed with successful applicants.

To apply, you must be a UK tech-focused company whose head office is based in the North of England or have a significant presence there. You should have innovative software solutions and/or skills that play to one or more emerging technology themes, in particular:

  • Advanced Analytics
  • Agile/DevOps
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Customer and employee experience
  • Intelligent Automation
  • Smart Cities (including immersive, 5G, drones, digital twin)

These solutions should address particular use cases in at least one of the Manufacturing or Transport & Logistics or Local Government sectors.

Why partner with CGI?

  • Market access – CGI has extensive and strong business relationships with clients across the public and private sectors in the North of England and broader UK.
  • Regional development – the North of England is a key market for CGI. Working together your organisation can benefit from CGI’s growth, and expand its footprint in your local market.
  • Business growth – CGI will help build your pipeline, using its scale to help open large clients and opportunities up to your business.
  • Solution development – working together to meet client demand, CGI can help further develop and refine your solution, whilst respecting your IP rights.
  • Extend your Ecosystem – you’ll have access to CGI’s wider network of Ecosystem partners aligned to emerging technologies to help extend your market reach.

Applications

To apply for the pitch event, please complete the webform HERE by Friday 3rd April 2020. We will advise all applicants on the status of their applications by Friday 17th April.

You can find full details on our website HERE.

For further information please email programmes@techmarketview.com.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '06:00'

Friday 20 March 2020

*UKHotViewsExtra* Telecoms and conferencing rise to remote working challenge

The sudden escalation in use of unified communication and collaboration (UC&C) applications and services precipitated by the COVID-19 outbreak is adding considerable strain to telecommunications networks, whilst simultaneously bringing large numbers of prospective long-term customers into the embrace of willing suppliers.

Telcos and teleconferencing smooth remote working conundrumSubscribers to our HotViewsPremium service can read our analysis of how the pandemic is forging telco and supplier strategy here: *UKHotViewsExtra* Telecoms and conferencing rise to remote working challenge.

If you are not yet a TechSectorViews subscriber, please contact Deb Seth to find out how you can access this research.

Posted by Martin Courtney at '10:21' - Tagged: unifiedcommunications   UCaaS   telecommunications   covid-19   remoteworking  

Friday 20 March 2020

Have you read TechMarketView’s Market Readiness Index?

TechMarketView’s most recent Market Readiness Index (MRI) report is now LIVE!

It provides invaluable insight into the key success factors for suppliers in the digital age, and analyses who is doing well and why.

The MRI is designed to help end user organisations – tech buyers – determine the readiness of their ICT suppliers to support them as they seek to digitally transform their organisations. The MRI models TechMarketView’s understanding of how advanced suppliers are when it comes to being able to contribute to the creation of more intelligent and more automated organisations for their customers. mri

The Market Readiness Index is a keystone piece of research within the TechMarketView Tech User Programme, for tech buyers – see here.

The MRI was launched last year, with our first report looking at how well placed the UK’s Top Ten IT and Business Process Services players are to deliver digital transformation for their customers.

In this latest round of MRI research, we have looked at the IT and Business Process Services players that are placed 11-20 in our Top 50 ranking. Those players are: BT, BAE Systems, Computacenter, CGI, Dell Technologies, Deloitte UK, Infosys, Sopra Steria, Tech Mahindra, and Wipro.

The question is: How ready are these suppliers to support clients looking to undertake complex digital transformation?

We’ve questioned and probed, we’ve analysed the numbers, the investments made, and the decisions taken. We’ve quizzed the Execs and their customers, and have undertaken a rigorous scoring and analysis exercise across six key areas:

  • Corporate Resilience
  • Suitability of Offerings
  • Skills & Resources
  • Partner Ecosystem
  • Industry Expertise
  • Delivery & Execution.

As organisations look to tame the Digital Chaos many of them face, one of the most critical aspects to get right is the choice of partners/suppliers. With TechMarketView’s unparalleled position in the UK market, the MRI gives you the insight you need to make the choices that are right for your organisation. 

Tech User Programme members can read the research here: TechMarketView Market Readiness Index (MRI): Top 10 UK IT & Business Process Services Providers.

If you would like to find out more about joining the programme and accessing the report, please contact Deb Seth.

If you are an IT/BP services provider and an existing TechMarketView subscription service client, reports published within our Tech User Programme are available to purchase. Please contact Deb Seth for information.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '00:00' - Tagged: MarketReadinessIndex   MRI  

Thursday 19 March 2020

CGI ‘NORTHERN EXPOSURE’ INNOVATION PARTNER PROGRAMME COVID-19 UPDATE

logologoAs you may know, TechMarketView is helping CGI, one of the world’s largest IT and business consulting services firms, find innovative tech companies based in the North of England as potential partners.

In light of the COVID-19 situation, we are extending the application deadline by two weeks until Friday 3rd April 2020 and, subject to confirmation, we now intend to run the pitch sessions over Webex week beginning 27th April 2020. This will also allow much greater flexibility in scheduling pitch sessions to suit applicant companies and their executive team.

This is a still great opportunity to leverage your business in these uncertain times through a partnership with CGI, one of the world’s largest IT and business consulting services firms.

Pitch event update

We expect to run ‘virtual’ pitch sessions over Webex week beginning 27th April 2020 to identify businesses that are the best fit for a strategic partnership with CGI at a date and time to be agreed with successful applicants.

To apply, you must be a UK tech-focused company whose head office is based in the North of England or have a significant presence there. You should have innovative software solutions and/or skills that play to one or more emerging technology themes, in particular:

  • Advanced Analytics
  • Agile/DevOps
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Customer and employee experience
  • Intelligent Automation
  • Smart Cities (including immersive, 5G, drones, digital twin)

These solutions should address particular use cases in at least one of the Manufacturing or Transport & Logistics or Local Government sectors.

Why partner with CGI?

  • Market access – CGI has extensive and strong business relationships with clients across the public and private sectors in the North of England and broader UK.
  • Regional development – the North of England is a key market for CGI. Working together your organisation can benefit from CGI’s growth, and expand its footprint in your local market.
  • Business growth – CGI will help build your pipeline, using its scale to help open large clients and opportunities up to your business.
  • Solution development – working together to meet client demand, CGI can help further develop and refine your solution, whilst respecting your IP rights.
  • Extend your Ecosystem – you’ll have access to CGI’s wider network of Ecosystem partners aligned to emerging technologies to help extend your market reach.

Applications

To apply for the pitch event, please complete the webform HERE by Friday 3rd April 2020. We will advise all applicants on the status of their applications by Friday 17th April.

You can find full details on our website HERE.

For further information please email programmes@techmarketview.com.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '11:00'

Wednesday 18 March 2020

*NEW RESEARCH* Future Growth in RPA

Our new research (download here) looks at where the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) market is today, what adoption of automation looks like in practice, and what is likely to drive the next wave of growth within the market. It concludes with a range of recommendations for both software vendors and service providers.

RPAThere has been a sense in the SITS market for some time, that RPA has lost its way as a technology. RPA vendors have focused on the more eye catching, “sexier” aspects of the what automation technologies can deliver, such as AI driven RPA platforms and human/robot blended workforces, often promoted to help justify lofty valuations. Whilst there is, of course, nothing wrong with looking to the future, the focus on the technologies themselves has led to a neglect of how they might add value to client organisations. The result has been market hype running well ahead of reality which has led to both disappointment and frustration within client organisations.

In our 2020 predictions we have suggested that this is the year that RPA must get “back to basics” -  scaling what is working and delivering client value, industrialising those areas that are delivering genuine business outcomes for clients. In this report (download here) we will have a look at how far the market has come in the UK, reflect on where it is working well and then identify the best route to future growth.

If you are not yet a TechSectorViews subscriber, please contact Deb Seth to find out how you can access this research.

Posted by Marc Hardwick at '11:44' - Tagged: bps   automation   newresearch   RPA  

Tuesday 17 March 2020

*NEW RESEARCH* Record funding for UK and Irish tech companies in 2019

chartAs we previewed earlier this month, 2019 turned out to be another record year for UK & Ireland tech VC investment (see Another bumper year for UK tech investment).

Early stage UK and Irish technology companies received a record level of funding in 2019 according to the latest data from corporate finance firm, Ascendant. The aggregate value of venture capital funding in 2019 was £8.2b, up 28% from the previous year. There were 1,069 funding deals of more than £0.5m announced - just 1% higher than in 2018.

The latest edition of IndustryViews Venture Capital has more detail, along with over 30 pages of succinct commentary on UK tech venture funding deals.

TechMarketView Foundation Service and UKHotViews Premium subscription clients can click on this link to download the report.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '13:13'

Monday 16 March 2020

*UKHotViewsExtra* COVID-19 escalates war on digital viruses

Our TechSectorViews research usually focusses on a different type of infection, but Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a significant impact on organisational approaches to cyber security too.

*HotViewsExtra* COVID-19 escalates war on digital virusesWe’ve compiled a list of the ways the pandemic is altering the threat landscape and how best enterprise IT departments can prepare to meet those challenges, while outlining a few opportunities for suppliers to help them do it with recommendations around cyber security assessments, products and services.

We also consider how Internet of Things (IoT) solutions could be implemented to help avoid supply chain problems caused by pandemics in the future …

HotViews Premium and TechMarketView research clients can read the full appraisal here.

To find out more about becoming a TechMarketView client, please contact Deb Seth.

Posted by Martin Courtney at '09:22' - Tagged: compliance   iot   firewall   CASB   antivirus   covid-19   remoteworking   vpn  

Monday 16 March 2020

Did you know that TechMarketView corporate subscriptions…

… are designed for organisations of all shapes and sizes?

Whether you represent an ambitious start-up or a well-established multi-national, we can offer a subscription package that’s tailored to the size and shape of your business.

Choose the TechMarketView research streams that are relevant to your business –

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• the Foundation Service, cornerstone of our analysis of the UK tech market

• the brand-new Tech Insights research stream, which brings together all of our ‘horizontal’ tech analysis

PublicSectorViews, for in-depth coverage of the UK Central Government, Local Government, Defence, Education, Police and Healthcare markets

• and FinancialServicesViews, focused on Banking, Insurance and Financial Markets, as well as FinTech & InsurTechs.

And with a corporate subscription all of your employees can have access to the same insightful research for no additional cost (we don’t charge per seat – anyone with a corporate email address from your organisation can be added to the account).

That’s not just UK-based employees either – it may surprise you to learn that only 53% of our readership are based in the UK, we really are global!

Moreover, although TechMarketView subscriptions are based on a 12 or 24-month period, when you sign up you immediately get access to every piece of research we’ve ever published in your chosen research stream/s, plus the searchable archive of over 20,000 UKHotViews and UKHotViewsExtra articles – a treasure trove of insight on tech suppliers and trends.

As if that wasn’t enough, as a corporate subscription client you can also take advantage of unmetered analyst access – half hour calls or short email exchanges with our analysts to quiz them about what the research means to you are ‘all part of the service’ (subject to reasonable use but we’ve not had to block anybody yet!).

Want to know more? Check out the Corporate Subscriptions area on our website and email our friendly Client Services team via info@techmarketview.com for a quote that’s tailored to your organisation.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '00:00'

Friday 13 March 2020

*UKHotViewsExtra* COVID-19: Forcing a gear-change in workplace experience?

The escalating COVID-19 crisis is taking us into uncharted territory – economically, socially, and of course, health-wise. Drastic measures being taken by organisations (including TechMarketView) to keep employees out of offices and into remote working locations (typically home) have become increasingly common, where possible.

Each organisation has responded in a different way to the protection of their employees and mitigation against the further spread of the Coronavirus. Some imposed clearly defined policies early on, moving quickly to ban travel and enforce compulsory home working. Others have put some of those decisions into the hands of individuals - for now. We’ve also seen examples of disaster recovery plans coming into play - for example, City firms sending staff to workplace recovery facilities outside of London.  hvp

In turn, support services firms are having to flex to be able to serve that different geographical/non-office location. For workers that are typically office based, working from home can be both frustrating and enlightening. Some organisations have put forward extra funds to help create a home office environment (e.g. screens and laptop), and some resellers are reporting a spike in orders as organisations start to stockpile kit. Indeed, Mike Norris, CEO of Computacenter, spoke of the “surge” in orders in yesterday’s results announcement. He has also reportedly said buyers are being less discerning about the brands they buy in order to secure the volumes they need. Likewise, he says some SMEs that have never bought laptops before are now doing so.

What will be the longer-term impact of the sudden and drastic shift around remote working and digital conferences?

HotViews Premium and TechMarketView research clients can read the full piece here.

To find out more about becoming a TechMarketView client, please contact Deb Seth.

Posted by Kate Hanaghan at '09:59' - Tagged: businesscontinuity   covid-19   remoteworking   digitalconference  

Friday 13 March 2020

TechMarketView and Coronavirus

I am sure you are all fully aware of the statement made by the Prime Minister yesterday as the UK moves into the ‘Delay Phase’ of the Coronavirus pandemic. I am also aware of the actions that many of our clients have taken to safeguard their staff and businesses in these troubling times.

TechMarketView is better positioned than many in that home/remote working has been the norm since we started in 2009. However, we have moved further by banning all internal f2f meetings as we did not want just one TMV person infecting the whole team. We have also put a stop to f2f meetings with clients and others, attendance at conferences and presentations and unnecessary travel.

We already use remote conferencing extensively - mainly via Microsoft Teams. All internal meetings will still go ahead - but virtually. Same applies to client and other meetings. Our analysts will continue to be very pleased to meet you - but virtually not f2f.

TechMarketView will continue to function as close to normal as possible. Providing the same highly valued and influential service to our clients and the wider tech sector. A service even more essential in these troubled times.

If you have any queries, please get in touch with any of our directors, analysts or client services people. Contact details for all TMV people can be found HERE.

Posted by Richard Holway at '08:22'

Thursday 12 March 2020

*UKHotViewsExtra* Budget 2020: The implications for tech firms

Budget imageAgainst the backdrop of the global outbreak of COVID-19, and having been in role for just 28 days, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak delivered the Government’s Budget 2020, including what he described as, “the largest sustained fiscal boost in 30 years”.

In considering the implications for tech firms in the UK market, TechMarketView has published three research notes. The first two are available in UKHotViewsExtra (available for all subscribers including those signed up to UKHotViews Premium).

In Budget 2020: Business, Innovation & Productivity, we take a look at the announcements from two angles. Firstly, how will companies – large and small – benefit from the stimulus. Secondly, where are there clear areas where Sunak’s investment will drive spending in the tech sector.

In Budget 2020: Public Services Investment, we consider the impact of both short-term, COVID-19-related, response to public services investment, and the longer-term commitment to investing in our public services.

Finally, UKHotViews readers can tuck into Richard Holway’s views on the changes to Entrepreneur’s Relief – see Sunak slashes Entrepreneur’s Relief.

If you are not yet a subscriber to our services, then please contact Deb Seth to find out how to access our Budget 2020 analysis plus more besides.

Posted by Georgina O'Toole at '10:43' - Tagged: government   budget  

Thursday 12 March 2020

Computacenter hits £5bn revenue milestone in 2019

cccComputacenter saw its top line pass the £5bn milestone in 2019 with revenue growing 16.1% (or 16.9% constant currency) to £5.05bn in its FY19. That performance was based on the Technology Sourcing (resale) business growing 20.3% and the Services business growing at 4.7%. Not all of that growth was organic, with 80% of the £732.2m it added in revenue coming from acquisitions.

CEO Mike Norris believes 2019 will be hard act to follow, despite the 2020 Services pipeline (both Professional and Managed Services) being “the strongest we have seen for some time” and the belief that customers will continue to invest in products - particularly in security, networking and cloud. hvp

Norris also addressed the current COVID-19 crisis in the results announcement. Of course, end user services are a key play for Computacenter and not surprisingly it’s been rallying to support customers as their business continuity plans kick in and they shift to either workplace recovery centres or increased remote working. Not surprisingly, it has seen a “surge” in demand for laptops.

The British firm is now very much an international player - indeed, the UK is not even its biggest segment anymore. But how did its services business perform in 2019? And how is it shaping up in 2020?

HotViews Premium and TechMarketView research clients can read the full piece here.

To find out more about becoming a TechMarketView client, please contact Deb Seth.

Posted by Kate Hanaghan at '09:50' - Tagged: results  

Tuesday 10 March 2020

*UKHotViewsExtra* Using AI to fight COVID-19

Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2: NIAID-RMLWhen a new kind of coronavirus started to emerge from the Wuhan, China in late 2019, amongst the first to notice was Canadian firm BlueDot. The company is one of a number that combine large datasets with artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to automate infectious disease surveillance, helping medical experts recognise anomalies that may indicate emerging epidemics. BlueDot is now using natural language processing (NLP), medical data, media reports and airline passenger data to track, locate and conceptualise the spread of the disease. However, it is far from the only organisation looking to utilise AI to help better understand and respond to the threat of COVID-19.

UKHotViewsPremium logoIn this UKHotViewsExtra article we take a closer look at the role AI is playing in the fight against COVID-19 from  prevention, detection, response to disease outbreaks, diagnosis and treatment. 

UKHotViews Premium and research subscribers can read more about AI to fight COVID-19 here. For more information about TechMarketView's subscription services please contact Deb Seth.

Image credit: NIAID-RML

Posted by Dale Peters at '10:08'

Friday 06 March 2020

*UKHotViewsExtra* Don't throw the baby out with the bath water

I caught up recently with a former DXC colleague, George “Gino” Vitelis (now of Actual Horizon) to discuss the evolving technology landscape within financial services and the challenges of conducting business transformation.

DXC “wrote the book” on largescale transformation and treated itself as “Client Zero” for many emerging digital technologies and business process trends. The scale and impact of those strategic decisions, coupled with the style and approach to implementing these changes were born out of necessity, but for those of us that witnessed them first-hand, it is easy to recognise where significant mistakes were made.

Gino's role exposed him to DXC's strategic decision-making and brought him into close contact with the company’s “C level” executives on the global leadership team. This exposure to the very highest level of a $20bn, Fortune 500 technology company was understandably a fantastic education and a real eye opener.

As organisations seek to make sense of the changing marketplace and respond to the shifting competitor landscape, many have embarked on a complex programme of change, driven by technology. However, crucial elements of how to successfully implement largescale corporate transformation are often overlooked.

TechMarketView subscribers with access to UKHotViewsExtra can read more via  "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water" - the perils of business transformation.

If you are not currently a subscriber and would like to discuss access to our content, please contact Deb Seth.

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Posted by Jon C Davies at '06:00' - Tagged: transformation  

Thursday 05 March 2020

*UKHotViewsExtra*– Capita to spend more on restructuring as it looks to the future

CapitaAfter what has been a relatively quiet few months for Capita on the announcement front, today’s annual results provide a detailed view of where the company sits two-thirds of the way through its ambitious and much needed transformation programme. Headlines this morning will focus on the need to spend more than initially planned on its transformation but there is of course a lot more to it than that…..more

HV PremiumUKHotViews Premium and research subscribers can read more of our analysis on where Capita sits two years in to its transformation programme here.

For more information about TechMarketView's subscription services please contact Deb Seth.

Posted by Marc Hardwick at '09:29' - Tagged: results   Capita  

Thursday 05 March 2020

Book your place at TechMarketView Evening 2020 now!

TMV logoWe are pleased to announce that Early Bird tickets are now on sale for the 2020 ‘Evening with TechMarketView’, which will take place in London on Thursday 10th September and be themed around ‘Digital Chaos’.

Described by attendees as ‘the best networking event in the industry’, this popular fixture in the tech calendar attracts over 200 leaders and decision makers from across the UK tech industry.

Secure your place by registering now and be sure to do so by April 30th for the discounted early-bird rates.

Join the TMV team for an evening of insight & networking.

We look forward to welcoming our guests to this, our eighth annual Presentation and Dinner, at the magnificent Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), in Portland Place London, from 6.30pm on Thursday 10th September.

This year our theme is ‘Digital Chaos’ (or rather, taming it!), which characterises the current state of affairs in a large number of public and private sector organisations. A hugely relevant topic across all sectors, don’t miss the opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities it presents and gain insight into which suppliers and end-user organisations are having the most success ‘taming the chaos’.

You will start the evening mingling with peers and prospects over drinks, before moving to the auditorium to hear TechMarketView analysts and our guest speakers share their latest analysis and insight first-hand. Then retire to the dining room to enjoy a first-class silver service dinner and another chance to network with your fellow guests. Why not book a table of ten at the dinner and use the evening as an opportunity to entertain your clients or inform your management team?

Early Bird Rates: Book by 30th April 2020

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To secure our early bird price for 2020, you can book a table or individual tickets here before the end of April. Client rates apply for TechMarketView subscription clients, UKHotViewsPremium clients and SMEs that have taken part in one of our programmes such as the TechMarketView Innovation Partner Programme (TIPP) or Great British Scaleups.

The TechMarketView Evening 2020 is proudly supported by:

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For details of sponsorship opportunities please visit our website or contact Paula Miles-Mathewson at TechMarketView.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '00:00' - Tagged: events  

Wednesday 04 March 2020

OffshoreViews Q4 2019 Review: The Productivity Challenge

chartDespite the many employee productivity initiatives that the Top-Tier ‘Indian pure-plays’ (IPPs) have been undertaking over the past few years—especially involving automation—the effect on revenue per FTE has been at best mixed, and in terms of profit per FTE, a downright disaster.

You can see more in the latest edition of OffshoreViews, along with our regular snapshots of the top-tier players and a round-up of the mid-tier scene.

Subscribers to the TechMarketView Foundation Service can download OffshoreViews Q4 2019 here.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '05:00'

Tuesday 03 March 2020

*UKHotViewsExtra* Vysiion acquisition swells exponential-e public sector revenue

*UKHotViewsExtra* Vysiion acquisition swells exponential-e public sector revenueExponential-e’s acquisition of Wiltshire-based IT communications and solutions specialist Vysiion Group will add around £19m to the hybrid cloud and network service providers annual turnover and swell its total headcount to over 700 employees.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but we estimate the merger of the two companies creates a formidable IT communications service provider with a stable and expanding base of public sector customers allied with strong capabilities in hybrid cloud connectivity, hosting, service desk and cyber security … *UKHotViewsExtra* Vysiion acquisition swells exponential-e public sector revenue

*UKHotViewsExtra* Vysiion acquisition swells exponential-e public sector revenueUKHotViews Premium and research subscribers can read more of our analysis on the acquisition here.

For more information about TechMarketView's subscription services please contact Deb Seth.

Posted by Martin Courtney at '09:58' - Tagged: acquisition   itservices   cloudconnectivity   cybersecurity  

Tuesday 03 March 2020

*NEW RESEARCH* Frictionless Fabric: Architecting the ultimate digital entity

Today we introduce Frictionless Fabric, the TechMarketView model for the ultimate digital entity. 

imageFrictionless Fabric is your guide to how software and services are realigning and combining for the digital age. Significantly, it identifies the themes and approaches end user organisations and suppliers should be prioritising and investing in as they architect the ultimate digital entity. 

Download the report here: Frictionless Fabric: Architecting the ultimate digital entity.

As the digital shift intensifies, organisations need to evolve into the types of operations spoilt-for-choice customers want to engage with and citizens look to willingly interact with. Minimising points of friction to achieve this is one of the new rules of engagement. But when we looked at how technology and services were traditionally provided, against the needs of organisations undergoing digital transformation, we saw a mismatch. Traditional, often siloed, service line and technology provision were out of alignment with the requirements of intricately woven digital environments. 

Success requires clear sight of organisations’ most critical business outcomes and of the capabilities and connections able to deliver them, alongside the right focus on the right investment areas. Considering how existing tech investments operate alongside emerging technology, and the new business model and commercial approaches required to understand, plan and function in the digital age, is what Frictionless Fabric is about.

It is also the base for our new TechSectorViews research approach, which runs alongside our PublicSectorViews and FinancialServicesViews research streams, and is designed to help our clients succeed in the digital age.

TechMarketView clients should download the thought provoking Frictionless Fabric: Architecting the ultimate digital entity slide deck. If you'd like to hear more, or don’t have a subscription to our services and would like details, please email Deb Seth

Posted by Angela Eager at '09:26' - Tagged: cloud   software   trends   itservices   digitalchaos  

Monday 02 March 2020

*UKHotViewsExtra* NHSX details vision for NHS Tech Plan

NHSX logoNHSX will be engaging on a Tech Plan for health and care throughout Spring and Summer 2020. It is looking for stakeholders to participate in the development of the plan to ensure it supports the health and care system to deliver the ambition set out in the NHS Long Term Plan, NHS Tech Vision, and the forthcoming NHS People Plan.

The vision for the Tech Plan is for the NHS to become a truly data-driven system, where everyone is treated as an individual; clinicians are provided with the time to care for patients; and the system is constantly optimised through data, analytics and research.

NHSX has also just published the draft NHS Digital Technology Standard, which is intended to consolidate and replace existing standards providing clearer guidance for developers. It is part of its wider programme of work to speed up how health technologies are reviewed, commissioned and scaled across the NHS and social care.

UKHotViews Premium LogoPart of the responsibility for ensuring the vision is realised will fall to Sonia Patel who has been named as the new Chief Information Officer for NHSX. She is currently Joint CIO at London North West Healthcare NHS Trust and The Hillingdon Hospitals Foundation Trust and will join NHSX in the summer.

UKHotViews Premium and research subscribers can read more about the NHS Tech Plan and Digital Technology Standard here.

For more information about TechMarketView's subscription services please contact Deb Seth.

Posted by Dale Peters at '10:18' - Tagged: nhs   strategy   digital   interoperability   healthcare  

Monday 02 March 2020

CGI IS LOOKING FOR SCALEUPS WITH ‘NORTHERN EXPOSURE’!

logologoTechMarketView is helping CGI, one of the world’s largest IT and business consulting services firms, find innovative tech companies based in the North of England as potential partners.

Apply now for an incredible opportunity to work with CGI to take your propositions into clients in your regional market and potentially across the UK.

Pitch event

We will be running a pitch event in the North of England on Tuesday 21st April 2020 to identify businesses that are the best fit for a strategic partnership with CGI.

To apply, you must be a UK tech-focused company whose head office is based in the North of England or have a significant presence there. You should have innovative software solutions and/or skills that play to one or more emerging technology themes, in particular:

  • Advanced Analytics
  • Agile/DevOps
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Customer and employee experience
  • Intelligent Automation
  • Smart Cities (including immersive, 5G, drones, digital twin)

These solutions should address particular use cases in at least one of the Manufacturing or Transport & Logistics or Local Government sectors.

Why partner with CGI?

  • Market access – CGI has extensive and strong business relationships with clients across the public and private sectors in the North of England and broader UK.
  • Regional development – the North of England is a key market for CGI. Working together your organisation can benefit from CGI’s growth, and expand its footprint in your local market.
  • Business growth – CGI will help build your pipeline, using its scale to help open large clients and opportunities up to your business.
  • Solution development – working together to meet client demand, CGI can help further develop and refine your solution, whilst respecting your IP rights.
  • Extend your Ecosystem – you’ll have access to CGI’s wider network of Ecosystem partners aligned to emerging technologies to help extend your market reach.

Applications

To apply for the pitch event, please complete the webform HERE by Friday 20th March 2020.

You can find full details on our website HERE.

For further information please email programmes@techmarketview.com

Posted by HotViews Editor at '06:00' - Tagged: innovation   tipp