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Global BPO is Trendy again - CIOstraightalk

Outsourcing hits record levels across EMEA in 2014

Industry Experts Predict Good BPO Growth

According to a recently released Everest Group study, the global contact centre spend now exceeds over $300 Billion dollars, with outsourcing accounting for 1/5 of that total. The contact centre outsourcing market is maturing, but there is still steady growth exceeding 7%, driven not by labour arbitrage, but now more sophisticated buy-side and customer experience executives are looking at business outcomes, and adapting non-voice channels and social media to build and retain competitive advantages.

According to Information Services Group (ISG), the outsourcing industry in EMEA is on the up and is set to achieve one of its strongest years in a decade.

According to Information Services Group (ISG), the outsourcing industry in EMEA is on the up and is set to achieve one of its strongest years in a decade.

The Q3 2014 EMEA ISG Outsourcing Index, measuring commercial outsourcing contracts with an annual contract value (ACV) of €4 million or more, found ACV across EMEA reached almost €7bn year-to-date, despite a slow Q3. This is the third highest year-to-date total in the last ten years.

“The EMEA market presents a very encouraging picture so far in 2014, and the level of activity underway leaves us optimistic for the rest of the year,” said John Keppel, partner and president, ISG. “Indeed, 2014 could end up being one of the strongest – if not the strongest – years in a decade.”

There is also evidence that outsourcing is no longer a Northern European phenomenon, as more outsourcing activity spreads across the continent. Due to increased activity in Spain and Italy, Southern Europe saw ACV reach a record €0.74bn.

ACV in France for the first three quarters reached more than €1bn, an increase of more than 250 percent on the same period in 2013 while UK values and contract numbers did not quite reach 2013’s third-quarter results despite both ACV and contract counts increasing substantially quarter-on-quarter, up 120% and 48%, respectively.

“The impressive performance of less mature markets, especially France and Southern Europe, is yet another reason to be optimistic about the market moving forward.

Across EMEA, third-quarter Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO) ACV rose nearly 15% for the first three quarters of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013, while the volume of ITO contracting in EMEA hit a record high, up 16%.

“Business in the Eastern European region are being recognised as ITO Technology skills and outsource contracts increase too”, says Craig Ashmole IT Consulting Director at London based CCServe Limited. “Contracts in the Financial Services and Travel sectors being awarded in the latter half of 2014.”

“We forecasted that, following the robust first half, the third quarter would see a pause in activity for the region and that has been the case,” said Keppel. “We believe this pause is temporary and expect to see both deal activity and values picking up again in the fourth quarter.”