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Thursday 30 September 2021

*UKHotViewsExtra* Made Tech makes its debut on AIM

Made Tech logoThis morning, Made Tech floated on AIM at a share price of 122p. The placing valued the company at £180m and raised net proceeds of £13.2m.

Made Tech have been around since 2008 when CEO Rory MacDonald (who retains c28% of the shares following the placing) formed the company to provide technology services to venture capital-backed start-ups within the UK. However, in 2017, the Group shifted its focus to concentrate on the UK public sector market. It’s since then that the business has really taken off. And its success on Government frameworks has landed the company on our radar.

TechMarketView subscribers can read more on Made Tech in UKHotViewsExtra: Made Tech makes its debut on AIM. If you are not yet a subscriber, or just not sure how to access the research, please contact Deb Seth to find out more.

Posted by Georgina O'Toole at '20:11' - Tagged: ipo   data   stockmarket   public+sector   digital+transformation   flotation  

Thursday 30 September 2021

TechMarketView 'Hackers & Defenders' webinar

We were delighted to have so many of you join us for our ‘Hackers & Defenders’ breakfast webinar on Thursday, where we explored the rapid move to public cloud and what that means for the evolving cyber security landscape with TechMarketView’s Chief Research Officer, Kate Hanaghan, and our cyber specialist Martin Courtney.

Webinar imageIf you didn’t manage to attend the live event, you can view the recording here. We’ll also be making the slide-deck available to both our corporate and UKHotViews Premium subscribers later in the autumn – look out for the link in UKHotViews in the coming weeks. 

In the meantime, TechSectorViews subscribers can delve into the detailed research behind the webinar in reports such as our UK Infrastructure Operations Rankings 2021Cyber Security Supplier Prospects 2021 & Beyond, and Cyber Security in the UK Public Sector.

And finally, don’t miss your chance to sign up to our next two breakfast webinars:

·       Clarity of Purpose – focussing on the evolving UK financial services tech scene on 7 October supported by Aqilla.

·       Making Green from Green  – examining whether there is revenue to be made from the sustainability agenda on 14 October.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted by Tola Sargeant at '14:04' - Tagged: cloud   cyber   webinar  

Thursday 30 September 2021

*New Research* The Risk Management Challenge

Across every sector of the financial services industry, organisations are managing a vast array of risks on a daily basis. Since the advent of the coronavirus banks, insurers and capital markets firms have experienced a veritable explosion of new risks across all categories.

ERM

The Risk Management Challenge discusses the topic of enterprise risk management in the context of the financial services industry. This AnalystViews publication examines how the advent of the pandemic has influenced the risks faced by the industry and considers how technology adoption can help firms to manage the burden.

This publication is available to TechMarketView clients that subscribe to the FinancialServicesViews research stream. If you do not currently have access but would like to know more, please contact Deb Seth.

Posted by Jon C Davies at '07:00'

Thursday 30 September 2021

Clarity of Purpose Webinar - Register for Free!

Register Now!As part of TechMarketView’s Breakfast webinar series this autumn, our Research Directors Jon Davies and Marc Hardwick, will be hosting a live event on 7 October exploring the massive impact COVID-19 has had on the technologies supporting the UK’s financial services market. 

As the pace of change accelerates across all sectors of the industry many financial services firms are considering wholesale transformation of their business processes and operating models. Against this backdrop, the webinar will discuss the key priorities for the industry and the crucial areas that are helping to drive software and IT services spend within the sector

Register Now!

Posted by HotViews Editor at '00:00'

Tuesday 28 September 2021

*New Research* UK SITS Consulting Market Trends and Forecasts 2021

The 2021 version of the UK SITS Consulting Market Trends & Forecasts report is now available to download.

Containing our latest market size and forecast data, along with insight into market dynamics and the key trends shaping the market, plus analysis of the challenges facing suppliers and recommendations for how to move forward,

Cover it is vital reading for suppliers operating in the UK.

The outlook for UK SITS Consulting remains healthy. The segment was less impacted by the pandemic last year than initially anticipated and it entered 2021 on a strong wave of demand; a wave that shows little sign of dissipating for the foreseeable future. Across all sectors, organisations are faced with challenging roads ahead. They realise that surviving, and thriving, will require more than just incremental change and thereby are creating a wide array of consulting opportunities.

Among the legacies of the pandemic, however, is a change in customers’ expectations of the advisors they employ. Buoyed by their recent successful experiences with technology deployment, enterprises have become bolder. They have also become accustomed to a much faster pace of change. SITS consultancies have proved themselves to be powerful allies in a time of adversity. The challenge now is to become trusted partners in the rapid delivery of fundamental, effective and sustainable digital driven change.

If you are a subscriber to TechSectorViews click here to download the UK SITS Consulting Market Trends and Forecast 2021 report. If you don’t have a subscription and would like to gain access the report and our other research and services please contact Deb Seth.

Posted by Duncan Aitchison at '07:37' - Tagged: consulting   newresearch   market+trends  

Monday 27 September 2021

Team TechMarketView cover 238 miles for the Prince's Trust

The team at TechMarketView have been taking part in the #YourPalacetoPalace event this week raising funds for the Prince’s Trust and we want to thank our UKHotViews readers for your generous support!

Kate bike rideOur target was to cover more than 180 miles between us - cycling, running and walking some four times the distance of the traditional Palace to Palace route between Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle – and raise a thousand pounds. We’re delighted that in fact we’ve managed to run/walk/cycle 238 miles and have so far raised £1,390. 

Highlights from a very active week include Helen’s 33-mile Ultra marathon; Dale’s (46 mile) & Martin’s (41 mile) impressive bike rides; Tania & Tola’s cross country runs; many miles of walks from Richard, Belinda, Becci, Marc & Duncan; and of course, Kate & six-year-old Toby’s five-mile cycle (see photo).

It’s not too late to help us raise even more for the Trust to support the amazing work that they do to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people - we'd love to break the £1,500 mark. You can see everything that the TMV team has been up to and make a donation here - https://yourpalacetopalace.princes-trust.org.uk/fundraising/YourPalacetoPalace21-TechMarketView.

Thank you once again for your support!

Posted by Tola Sargeant at '10:17'

Monday 27 September 2021

*UKHotViewsExtra* Sutherland targets European Growth

SutherlandPrivately held Sutherland is one of the biggest players in US customer experience (CX). In 35 years of operation, it has evolved from being a provider principally focused on offshore customer services, into a technology-led customer experience practitioner with an enviable client base. Indeed, Sutherland is particularly strong in the global media, technology and telcoms space with clients including the likes of SpotifyBBCTescoIAGAirbnbT-MobileSony, and Netflix

Vishal BhatnagarWhilst the business has had a UK/European presence for some time (it currently employs c.5,000 staff in the region) it has principally served US/Global clients here and remains less well known and understood than many domestic CX players. This may all be about to change with Sutherland undertaking a renewed push within Europe and has hired Vishal Bhatnagar to lead the charge. 

Bhatnagar is well known to TechMarketView having held a number of senior roles with tech companies in the region including HCLCAST Software and IGATE. We caught up with him recently to discuss how Sutherland is looking to bring something new to the European CX space in taking on major incumbents of the likes of CapitaTeleperformance and Concentrix.

Sutherland built its reputation on providing contact centre operations for major global clients out of offshore centres in the Philippines and India. However, as a privately held business it has been able to embrace risk and transform itself over the last 10 years or so into an IP-rich, platform-based CX provider. This has allowed it to decouple the link between revenue growth and headcount ‘ahead of the curve’, and deliver enviable EBITDA margins of 20%+, way above where the rest of the industry currently sits.

TechMarketView subscribers can access  the rest of Sutherland targets European Growth here. If you are not sure how to access, please contact Deb Seth to find out more.

Posted by Marc Hardwick at '08:22' - Tagged: transformation   customerexperience  

Monday 27 September 2021

*UKHotViewsExtra* NCC Group puts pandemic behind it to focus on long term growth

*UKHotViewsExtra* NCC Group puts pandemic behind it to focus on long term growthNCC Group’s FY21 results underpin a company in transition as it recovers from the economic disruption caused by coronavirus lockdown measures, breathes new life into its flagging Software Resilience business and capitalises on rising demand for managed detection and response (MDR) services.*UKHotViewsExtra* NCC Group puts pandemic behind it to focus on long term growth

The Manchester-headquartered cyber security firm changed the way it reports its revenue in 2021, combining the UK with the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, re-arranging its Assurance portfolio and transforming its Escrow business into Software Resilience.

NCC’s Assurance business in the UK was hit harder by the coronavirus pandemic than other geographies, and like FY21 the fortunes of the current financial year will depend on the speed and timing with which its domestic customers return to pre-pandemic buying patterns.

We think the worst is probably behind it, and NCC Group is likely to benefit from a wave of cancelled or postponed projects now being revived. But it will be the success of new products lines which are most likely to dictate the tempo in FY22. Subscribers to TechSectorViews can read our analysis of NCC Group's performance and strategy for future growth here.

TechMarketView clients, including HotViews Premium subscribers, can also access the research note here. If you don’t have a subscription you can contact Deb Seth for details.

Posted by Martin Courtney at '08:22'

Friday 24 September 2021

*NEW RESEARCH* UK Enterprise Software Market Trends & Forecasts 2021

Enterprise Software Market Trends and Forecasts report coverThe 2021 version of the UK Enterprise Software Market Trends & Forecasts report is now available to download.

Containing our latest market size and forecast data, along with insight into market dynamics and the key trends shaping the market, plus analysis of the challenges facing suppliers and recommendations for how to move forward, it is vital reading for suppliers operating in the UK.

COVID demonstrated - and elevated - the value of software, while organisations also learned a lot about themselves, their markets, supply chains and customers, stretching their comfort bubbles in doing so. That knowledge has accelerated digital transformation but what has also emerged is the extent to which behaviour has adapted to use more of the capabilities provided by Enterprise Software. Necessity is motivating us to lean into software to maximise the use of its existing capabilities, which in turn is igniting the desire to explore how software can be further used to reset and reimagine business models. 

This attitudinal change means organisations are becoming more discerning about software, more exacting about its impact on business outcomes and less tolerant of applications - and suppliers - that might impose restraints on reset and reimagination initiatives. These changing attitudes may not make for the most comfortable of market conditions but combined with growing impetus around the sustainability agenda, they do point towards a resilient UK Enterprise Software sector as organisations explore hybrid experiences and working practices, new styles of interfaces, the ever-growing need for easily accessible insight from data and emerging areas such as the Internet of Behaviour.

If you are a subscriber to TechSectorViews click here to download the UK Enterprise Software Market Trends and Forecast 2021 report. If you don’t have a subscription and would like to gain access the report and our other research and services please contact Deb Seth.

Posted by Angela Eager at '09:22' - Tagged: markettrends   software   AI   VR   immersivetechnologies   sustainability   MarketForecasts  

Friday 24 September 2021

*UKHotViewsExtra* National AI Strategy: Health & Defence as exemplars

National AI Strategy Report Cover ImageA couple of days ago, the UK Government published its National AI Strategy. The report acknowledges the significant impact that AI will have over the next decade and beyond. And, as the UK seeks to ‘build back better’ following the Covid-19 pandemic it looks at the way that AI can be harnessed to drive economic growth, deliver prosperity, and bring social benefits. It is a wordy tome that looks at the key resources that will be required to ensure the UK stays at the forefront of AI innovation; how we can ensure every sector and region benefits as AI becomes mainstream; and what governance and reulator regimes must be put in place.

You can read the full report here. It has the potential to impact SITS suppliers to the UK market in a variety of ways, particularly as Government intervenes to ensure appropriate access to the people, data, compute, and finance, that will be required. But in this UKHotViewsExtra - National AI Strategy: Health & Defence as exemplars – I’ve focused on the implications for the UK public sector SITS market, how will the strategy change behaviours and influence demand for AI-related skills and capabilities from SITS suppliers?

TechMarketView subscribers can access National AI Strategy: Health & Defence as exemplars now. If you are not sure how to access, please contact Deb Seth to find out more.

Posted by Georgina O'Toole at '08:48' - Tagged: strategy   government   AI  

Thursday 23 September 2021

Delivering Social Value over breakfast!

We were delighted to have so many of you join us for our ‘Delivering Social Value’ breakfast webinar on Thursday, and I hope that if you managed to attend you found it both engaging and informative. 

Webinar imageOnce again, I’d like to thank TechMarketView’s Georgina O’Toole and Dale Peters and our guest speaker, John Neilson, CE for UK & Asia at Sopra Steria, for their insight into what is surely one of the hottest topics in the UK public sector market at the moment.

If you missed it, you'll find a recording of the webinar here and we'll be making the slide-deck available to both our corporate and UKHotViews Premium subscribers later in the autumn – look out for the link in UKHotViews in the coming weeks. TechMarketView subscribers can also look forward to a written interview with John Neilson on the topic, which we plan to publish in Q4. As promised, we’ll also try to answer those questions that were submitted to the Q&A that we didn’t get a chance to respond to during the session.

In the meantime, PublicSectorViews subscribers will find further analysis of social value in UK central government - including profiles detailing how the top 10 tech suppliers to the sector are approaching the issue – in Georgina’s recent report: Social Value in UK Central Government

Finally, don’t miss your chance to sign up to our next three webinars:

  • Hackers & Defenders – exploring greater use of public cloud and the changing cyber security landscape next Thursday
  • Clarity of Purpose – focussing on the evolving UK financial services tech scene on 7 October
  • Making Green from Green  – examining whether there is revenue to be made from the sustainability agenda on 14 October.

With thanks once more to our sponsors for the Delivering Social Value webinar, Sopra Steria.

Posted by Tola Sargeant at '12:17'

Tuesday 21 September 2021

*NEW RESEARCH* UK Solutions Market Trends & Forecasts 2021

Available to download now - UK Solutions Market Trends & Forecasts 2021 contains TechMarketView’s latest market size and forecast data along with an analysis of the trends shaping the UK Solutions market.

UK SolutionsThe last twelve months proved to be very much a ‘game of two halves’ for the UK Solutions market with reports of organisations implementing three years’ worth of digital transformation in as many months. Overall, once end users had navigated the April/May market pause, the rebound in Solutions expenditure was strong, albeit not quite strong enough to recover all the ground lost during those early months of the pandemic. 

Those that were able to brought forward their transformation plans and reset and reimagined their strategies. As the workplace of the future became the workplace of the present, funds were released to replace temporary WFH fixes with more robust, permanent platforms and more sophisticated workforce management solutions. Investment in automation to lessen dependencies on human interventions has accelerated and a renewed client focus on data driven initiatives has also helped to loosen the corporate purse strings. 

2020 was an excellent year for innovation and solutioning to address very real and pressing business and technology needs. This period of ‘forced innovation’ has provided organisations with many rewards but also challenges that will need addressing. Indeed, it is ‘the two Cs’ of Cloud and COVID that are providing added propulsion to the move to Digital, Platform, Cyber and SaaS - the ‘New’.

Subscribers to TechSectorViews can download the UK Solutions Market Trends & Forecasts 2021 by clicking this link. If you are not currently a TechSectorViews subscriber and would like to gain access the report, please contact Deb Seth.

Posted by Marc Hardwick at '14:28' - Tagged: newresearch   Solutions   market+trends  

Monday 20 September 2021

Venture Capital investment in UK & Irish tech continues to grow strongly in Q2

Ascendant graphic Q2 2021Q2 2021 marked an extraordinary quarter for VC investment into tech companies in the UK and Ireland, according to data from Corporate Finance firm Ascendant. Compared to Q1 2021, the volume of deals was up 8% but the value of those deals represented a 59% increase on the prior quarter and a 228% increase on the mid-pandemic Q2 2020 value.

£6,267m was invested in 360 deals over £0.5m, with 18 so-called megadeals (over $100m). The busiest investors were Crowdcube, Scottish Enterprise, Octopus, Maven Capital Partners, Index and Seedrs.

60% of deals were transactions over £2m, with the average deal size growing to £17.4m, compared to £11.8m in the prior quarter.

TechMarketView Foundation Service and UKHotViews Premium subscription clients will be able to download our Q2 2021 review of the UK tech VC scene, IndustryViews Venture Capital, soon.

Posted by Tania Wilson at '08:00' - Tagged: funding   venturecapital  

Tuesday 14 September 2021

Team TechMarketView takes on Palace to Palace for The Prince's Trust

Palace to Palace flyerAs many of our readers will know, TechMarketView has a long association with The Prince’s Trust, a charity that supports young people in need and helps them transform their lives by developing the confidence and skills to live, learn and earn.

This year, the team at TechMarketView - including Richard, Tola, Kate, Helen, Dale, Martin, Marc, Tania, Becci, Paula, Belinda and Duncan - are taking part in the virtual ‘Palace to Palace’ event to raise much needed funds for the Trust. We’re aiming to cover more than 180 miles between us next week: cycling, running and walking some four times the distance of the traditional Palace to Palace route between Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

We feel there couldn’t be a more important time to support young people and the work of the Trust. Over the past year, the global pandemic has repeatedly disrupted young people's education and employment opportunities, not to mention affected their mental health with the most vulnerable falling further behind. The Prince’s Trust has over 40 years of experience in delivering targeted youth programmes and to date, has supported over 1 million vulnerable young people to transform their lives. Of those they supported last year, 9% were homeless, 37% had a disability and 37% also had mental health needs.

If you’d like to lend your support to The Prince’s Trust by sponsoring Team TechMarketView in our Palace to Palace, you can do so here (and we'd be very grateful!).

Alternatively, it’s not too late to enter Your Palace to Palace yourself, either individually or as part of a team like us. You’ll find more details and the link to sign up here – good luck!

Posted by Tola Sargeant at '17:41' - Tagged: charity  

Monday 13 September 2021

*UKHotViewsExtra* NAO highly critical of National Law Enforcement Data Programme

NAO logoThe National Audit Office (NAO) has published a damning assessment of the Home Office’s delivery of the National Law Enforcement Data Programme (NLEDP). 

The programme to develop the National Law Enforcement Data Service (NLEDS) was launched in 2016, with the intention of replacing the Police National Computer (PNC) and the Police National Database (PND) with one modernised solution. The PNC was originally set-up in 1974, it records details of convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings, and arrests. The PND was introduced in 2011 following recommendations from the Bichard Inquiry; it collates soft intelligence from local police records. Both systems are used by all 45 territorial forces in the UK, as well as a range of other law enforcement, intelligence and government organisations.

In a highly critical review, the NAO calls on the Home Office to clarify roles and responsibilities for delivery of the new service; produce a revised business case for the programme; set up a clear programme plan; produce plans on how it will guarantee a reliable PNC service until NLEDS is ready; monitor its technical capability and skills to deliver the programme, and urgently address any shortfalls; and consider the balance of risk and incentives between the Home Office and its suppliers. Read more... 

In this HotViewsExtra article we take a look at the NAO's review and recommendations in more detail. Available to TechMarketView subscribers, including those signed up to UKHotViewsPremium. If you are not yet a subscriber, please contact Deb Seth to find out how to access this and much more.

Posted by Dale Peters at '08:57' - Tagged: strategy   police   government   law+enforcement   home+office  

Thursday 09 September 2021

*UKHotViewsExtra* CGI UK holds steady during pandemic

CGI logoIn July we reported on CGI’s Q321 results for the period ending 30th June (UK declines but profits rise as CGI revenue shrinks in Q3). We noted a decline in the last reported quarter for the UK & Australia business unit, of 4.1% to CAN$363.4m, and a decline year-to-date of 1.4% to CAN$1.1b. But, as we head towards the company’s financial year end, it’s worth applying a little more scrutiny to the numbers. 

In this UKHotViewsExtra article - CGI UK holds steady during pandemic – we dive deeper into the performance of CGI UK over the last two years and discover a far more positive picture, highlight which areas are performing better than others, and look ahead at the most interesting opportunities as the company heads towards its new financial year.

TechMarketView subscribers can download the article now. If you are not a subscriber – or are unsure if your organisation has a corporate subscription – please contact Deb Seth to discover the best way to access this research and more.

Posted by Georgina O'Toole at '12:32' - Tagged: results   itservices   covid-19  

Wednesday 08 September 2021

*UKHotViewsExtra* Health and social care funding plans announced

Plan cover imageThe UK Government's plan for health and social care (PDF) does not focus on the application of technology in reducing the pressures in the system, but it is clear that the effective application of digital solutions will have a key role in addressing the stated challenges.

The pressures on the NHS and adult social care were clear prior to the pandemic, but COVID-19 has brought unprecedented additional challenges. The Government's plan to address the situation is supported by significant new investment, including the introduction of a Health and Social Care Levy. MPs are expected to vote in favour of the 1.25% Levy based on National Insurance contributions and an increased dividend tax rate later today. Read more... 

In this HotViewsExtra article we take a look at the announcements in more detail and review what they mean for technology suppliers. Available to TechMarketView subscribers, including those signed up to UKHotViewsPremium. If you are not yet a subscriber, please contact Deb Seth to find out how to access this and much more.

Posted by Dale Peters at '10:28' - Tagged: nhs   strategy   funding   health   government   healthcare   local+government   social+care  

Wednesday 08 September 2021

Record-breaking rowing attempt to raise funds for social entrepreneurs

There are now less than 100 days to go before Guy Rigby, founder and now Chair of the Entrepreneurial Services Group at Smith & Williamson, and his fellow crew member, entrepreneur and investor, David Murray, take to ‘The Entrepreneur Ship’ in a record-breaking attempt to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to raise funds for social entrepreneurs.

Guy and David will begin their row from the Canaries to Antigua on 12 December 2021, hoping to arrive in February 2022. If they complete the epic Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, they will be the oldest pair in the world to row any ocean.

The EntrepreneurshipTechMarketView is delighted to be supporting Guy and David, who are raising funds for UnLtd, a charity that finds, funds and supports social entrepreneurs in the UK. So far, they have raised some £350k, which will help social entrepreneurs from minority backgrounds, who have historically been locked out of funding to scale their ventures. 

With less than a hundred days to go, Guy told us it's all beginning to feel very real now! “I am excited and proud to take on this challenge in the name of entrepreneurship to raise as much money as we can for UnLtd, who have a track record of identifying savvy entrepreneurs with ideas that can truly level the playing field across our whole society.”

We can’t wait to follow The Entrepreneur Ship’s progress across the Atlantic from December and wish Guy and David every success. If you would like to sponsor The Entrepreneur Ship, or support Guy and David by donating, visit the “Support Us” tab on the team’s website here

Posted by Tola Sargeant at '09:02'

Tuesday 07 September 2021

*New Research* Social Value in UK Central Government

InSocial Value in UK Central Government report cover TechMarketView’s latest report from the PublicSectorViews team – Social Value in UK Central Government – we have sought to understand how the leading suppliers of IT services to UK central government are responding to the new procurement requirements as defined in the UK Government’s Procurement Policy Note ‘taking account of social value through government’s commercial activities’.

Suppliers profiled in this report are CapgeminiCapitaAtosFujitsuSopra Steria, IBM, DXC Technology, AccentureAmazon Web Services, and CGI. We include in-depth analysis of their activities against the five themes within the Government’s social value procurement policy, namely Covid-19 recovery; tackling economic inequality; wellbeing; equal opportunity; and fighting climate Change

We look at the companies’ corporate approaches but also determine how they are translating that approach into regional or client specific initiatives. Within the analysis we highlight how some suppliers’ approaches stand out compared to their peers. We also consider how an evolving Government approach will impact suppliers. Importantly, with the policy requiring departments and agencies to seek additional social value from suppliers via individual contractual arrangements, we identify the ways in which suppliers can deliver contract-specific social value for their clients across the five themes.

Subscribers to PublicSectorViews can download the report - Social Value in UK Central Government – now. If you are not yet a subscriber, or are unaware if your company has a corporate subscription, please contact Deb Seth to find out how to access this major piece of research.

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On 23rd September (09:30-1015am) TechMarketView’s Chief Analyst, Georgina O’Toole, and PublicSectorViews Research Director, Dale Peters, will be leading a webinar focused on the rising importance of social value in the public sector, the implications for technology procurement, and how suppliers can position themselves for success. With thanks to Sopra Steria for supporting the event. Don’t forget to book your place!

Posted by HotViews Editor at '09:07' - Tagged: centralgovernment   environment   diversity   sustainability   social+value   public+sector  

Tuesday 07 September 2021

TechMarketView Autumn Webinars: Registration is now OPEN!

Registration is now open imageThis year, TechMarketView is thrilled to bring you a series of four Breakfast Webinars, giving you exclusive access to ourteam of expert analysts completely free of charge.

Starting from 23rd September, each of the four webinars will focus on a different hot topic and be delivered by analysts highly regarded as experts in their respective fields. 

Registration is now open, so don’t miss your chance to reserve your place at one, or all, of these highly anticipated events:

23rd September (9.30am-10.15am)
Delivering Social Value – Implications for the Public Sector Technology Suppliers 

TechMarketView Chief Analyst Georgina O’Toole & PublicSectorViews Research Director Dale Peters lead a session focused on the rising importance of social value in the public sector, the implications for technology procurement, and how suppliers can position themselves for success. 

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW.
Our thanks to Sopra Steria for supporting this webinar.

30th September (9.30am-10.15am)
Hackers and Defenders – How greater use of public cloud is changing the cyber security landscape

TechMarketView’s Chief Research Officer Kate Hanaghan and cyber expert Martin Courtney will bring you up to speed on the seismic shift to public cloud in the UK and discuss how cyber security can be implemented to ensure the best possible line of defence.

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW.

7th October (9.30-10.15am)
Clarity of Purpose – How the pandemic helped financial services to focus on what really matters!

As some UK financial services firms consider wholesale transformation of their business processes and operating models, TechMarketView Research Directors Jon C Davies and Marc Hardwick lead a webinar discussing the key priorities for the industry and the crucial areas that are helping to drive SITS spend within the sector.

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW.
Our thanks to Aqilla for supporting this webinar.

14th October (9.30am-10.15am)
Making Green from Green – Is there revenue from the sustainability agenda?

With the “Office of Sustainability” becoming an increasingly powerful influence on enterprise buyer behaviour, TechMarketView experts Angela Eager and Duncan Aitchison lead a webinar focused on the nature of this emerging market opportunity and explore how the supply side is gearing up to tap into the revenue streams that could flow from it.

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW.

With thanks to our sponsors:

Sopra Steria logo  Aqilla logo

If you’d like more details about how you can join Sopra Steria and Aqilla in supporting our webinar series, or any other events, please contact our Client Services team.

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

Friday 03 September 2021

*NEW RESEARCH* Social Value in Central Government

Report cover - social value in central governmentIn TechMarketView’s latest report from the PublicSectorViews team – Social Value in UK Central Government – we have sought to understand how the leading suppliers of IT services to UK central government are responding to the new procurement requirements as defined in the UK Government’s Procurement Policy Note ‘taking account of social value through government’s commercial activities’.

Suppliers profiled in this report are Capgemini, Capita, Atos, Fujitsu, Sopra Steria, IBM, DXC Technology, Accenture, Amazon Web Services, and CGI. We include in-depth analysis of their activities against the five themes within the Government’s social value procurement policy, namely Covid-19 recovery; tackling economic inequality; wellbeing; equal opportunity; and fighting climate Change.

We look at the companies’ corporate approaches but also determine how they are translating that approach into regional or client specific initiatives. Within the analysis we highlight how some suppliers’ approaches stand out compared to their peers. We also consider how an evolving Government approach will impact suppliers. Importantly, with the policy requiring departments and agencies to seek additional social value from suppliers via individual contractual arrangements, we identify the ways in which suppliers can deliver contract-specific social value for their clients across the five themes.

Subscribers to PublicSectorViews can download the report - Social Value in UK Central Government – now. If you are not yet a subscriber, or are unaware if your company has a corporate subscription, please contact Deb Seth to find out how to access this major piece of research.

Posted by Georgina O'Toole at '08:14' - Tagged: centralgovernment   defence   environment   diversity   wellbeing   sustainability   wellness   social+value   public+sector  

Friday 03 September 2021

*NEW RESEARCH* UK Enterprise Software Supplier Ranking 2021

Enterprise Software Supplier Ranking 2021 cover imageCheck out the latest UK Enterprise Software Supplier Ranking report here. Now available for download, the 2021 report features the UK Top 20 Enterprise Software supplier ranking, by revenue. 

It also shows just how broadly performance varied across the diverse group of Enterprise Software suppliers that comprise the Top 20 and highlights the factors that will influence spending during 2021 and beyond. 

The COVID response unequivocally demonstrated - and elevated - the value of software. During lockdowns when movements were restricted and non-essential workplaces were shuttered, it was clear that in so many situations software could go where people could not, keeping functions running and businesses operating. With spending heading upwards, there is a meaningful opportunity for software suppliers to capitalise on the lessons learned during COVID-impacted 2020 and the enhanced status Enterprise Software achieved through its role in business continuity and damage limitation, and channel and business model change. However, with SaaS-native suppliers continuing to significantly outperform their competitors, we are seeing structural change to the market – including several new entrants to the Enterprise Software Top 20.

Subscribers to TechMarketView's TechSectorViews research stream can download the UK Enterprise Software Supplier Ranking research now. If you are not yet a subscriber and would like to find out how to gain access to this research and much more besides, please contact Deb Seth.

Posted by Angela Eager at '06:30' - Tagged: software   rankings  

Wednesday 01 September 2021

Share Performance in August 21

Summary

SharesAugust 21 will be remembered by many for its harrowing scenes from Kabul. Elsewhere C-19 infections and resulting hospitalisations and deaths seem to be increasing in the US and elsewhere – even Australia and New Zealand. Inflation has reared its ugly head again and could well lead to increased interest rates which would severely affect both government and household budgets. But you would never suspect this glancing at the Share Index Tables for August

NASDAQ has powered to an all-time high of 15255. That an 18.4% increase YTD and a 30% increase yoy/since end Aug 20. NASDAQ is now up an amazing 491% in 10 years since end Aug 11. This compares to a ‘mere’ 32% rise in the FTSE100 in the same 10 year period. So Tech – and Big Tech in particular – has clearly been ‘The Place to Be’.

The FTSE SCS Index – which most closely tracks the UK-HQed software and IT services stock that we track – was up 4.2% in Aug and 21.3% YTD. For the record the FTSE SCS Index is up 235% in the 10 years since end Aug 11. Although that’s impressive, the growth is half that of NASDAQ in the same period.

But even that pales when compared to some the share price rises for other individual stocks. As I said in my post of 25th Aug 21, Amazon has risen a massive 1700% in the last ten years and investments in Apple (up >1000%) and Microsoft (up c1000%) would have comfortably beaten the NASDAQ Index. Indeed, Allianz Technology Trust #ATT, where I was a NED between 2007 and 2019, is up over 800% in the last 10 years.

Outlook

I can give you a long list of risks facing both the UK and the global economies. Everything from an upsurge in terrorism post Afghanistan, inflation, stock shortages (in particular microchips), new C-19 variants that could render vaccines impotent etc. But, there again, savings are at an all time high, confidence is returning both to businesses and consumers, BREXIT is seen more and more as an ‘opportunity’ for the UK etc.

What is certain is that tech is now so ubiquitous that it is an integral part of the economy.  The only thing that will now knock it is a global recession or depression. Nobody currently is predicting either.

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Posted by Richard Holway at '16:01'

Wednesday 01 September 2021

*NEW RESEARCH* UK Enterprise Cyber Security Supplier Rankings 2021

Our latest UK Enterprise Cyber Security Supplier Rankings 2021 report contains the Top 20 UK supplier ranking (by revenue) for the UK Enterprise Cyber Security market. Despite the economic disruption caused by coronavirus lockdown restrictions, we estimate the overall market still managed to expand at a healthy rate of 6.2% during 2020.* NEW RESEARCH * UK Enterprise Cyber Security Supplier Rankings 2021

Growth varied from one supplier to another, but those whose products and services were tightly aligned to network security and secure access service edge (SASE) solutions geared to remote working saw the highest level of double digit growth. Sales of on-premise security hardware declined due to a mix of supply chain issues, inflated prices and installation obstacles, but that only served to further boost demand for alternative platforms based on SaaS, software and managed security services.

While the market remains highly fragmented, bigger suppliers claimed a large proportion of total revenue in 2020 with many customers seemingly preferring to trust established cyber security providers with greater resources and staying power in an uncertain economic environment.

Subscribers to TechSectorViews can read more detail in our UK Enterprise Cyber Security Supplier Rankings 2021 report here. If you don’t have a subscription and would like to know more about how to access our services, please email Deb Seth for more information.

Posted by Martin Courtney at '09:15' - Tagged: rankings   revenue   cybersecurity   2021  

Wednesday 01 September 2021

*NEW RESEARCH* Another steady quarter for UK SITS deals

Chart Q2 2021 Corporate Activity

Merger and acquisition activity in the UK software and IT services (SITS) sector fell slightly in Q2 2021, according to data from technology investment bank Silverpeak. There were 100 acquisitions by and 122 sales of UK companies, down from 114 and 141 respectively in Q1.

However, the Q2 figures were on a par with those seen in Q4 2020 and the pre-pandemic peak of Q2 2019, continuing the strong rebound in the markets.

TechMarketView Foundation Service and UK HotViews Premium subscribers can read more by downloading the Q2 2021 edition of IndustryViews Corporate Activity.

Posted by Tania Wilson at '08:00' - Tagged: acquisition   M&A   acquisitions