DXC Technology lands award in the Middle East, highlighting long-standing core strengths of its solution suite for the health payer sector

In 2016 United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based insurer United Insurance Co. (UIC) hired a new CIO and tasked him with digitally transforming the company’s IT infrastructure and operations to a cloud-based infrastructure (see below for a snapshot of UIC). Within the CIO’s first five months, UIC migrated its core IT applications (e.g., Office 365) to the Microsoft Azure cloud. The initial digitization of UIC’s IT foundation was successful, and the insurer then proceeded to seek out systems integration vendors capable of fully deploying its core insurance applications, additional elements of its IT infrastructure, and other workloads to the cloud.

UIC eventually selected DXC Technology (DXC), citing DXC’s wide range of insurance-centric platforms, products and services as key differentiators that made DXC the optimal choice. UIC also noted DXC’s insurance solutions have been developed and used in the insurance market for several decades, including in many different geographies, further emphasizing how the breadth and depth of DXC’s insurance sector expertise are deeply woven into its industry platforms and make it a compelling choice for insurers seeking digital transformation. UIC chose Integral, DXC’s open standards-based, end-to-end insurance solution spanning the entire insurance life cycle, and was able to quickly deploy core functions to the cloud, including customer and agent administration, proposal capture, claims and policy processing, and accounting. DXC’s Integral Life application has already been deployed, and in 2Q18 UIC announced that DXC’s Integral Health solution will soon go live.

In TBR’s view, DXC offers payer clients a robust suite of solutions developed over a long tenure serving the insurance sector, but despite strong insurance sector offerings DXC does not appear to be replicating the success with UIC with other insurance clients in its core U.S. market. While global payer IT spend is accelerating as insurers digitize operations to enhance connections with policyholders and increase customer loyalty, DXC risks losing out to competitors with similar scale and experience in the insurance IT sector if it fails to stabilize operations in its central markets.



UIC is a Dubai, UAE-based insurer established in 1998. UIC provides retail and commercial insurance products in areas including life, health, automotive, property, engineering, liability and marine to commercial enterprises and government entities in the UAE and the Middle East. UIC saw digital transformation as critical to its ability to differentiate in a highly competitive insurance market while ensuring that the company was prepared for the inevitable industry embrace of digital insurance.

Cyber-sweet Carolina: Capgemini’s new SOC

Last month my colleagues Bozhidar Hristov and Elitsa Bakalova joined me for a chat with the Capgemini executives who are leading the company’s new security operations center (SOC) in Columbia, S.C. Drew Morefield and Ninad Purohit explained that the new SOC will become part of a global network of 10 SOCs and close to 4,500 cybersecurity experts. Listening to Morefield and Purohit explain the firm’s offerings and capabilities, starting with an acknowledgement of the overwhelming volume of data and existing, often fragmented, cybersecurity programs and policies enterprises have in place now, we gained an appreciation for Capgemini’s approach to digital strategy and end-to-end cybersecurity capabilities.

We also discussed scale and global reach. In North America Capgemini has a satellite R&D-centric SOC in Dallas that is used as a technology incubator and an experience center. Morefield and Purohit noted that Capgemini will further expand its SOC resources and security services capabilities in North America in the coming months with facilities in Foxborough, Mass. (home of the New England Patriots) and San Diego that Capgemini will gain after the acquisition of Leidos Cyber is complete (subject to anti-trust and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States approvals expected this month).

So why Columbia, S.C.? Quite simply, a combination of prime real estate and readily accessible talent. In a previous acquisition, Capgemini took over a physical structure ideal for a SOC and a new Advanced Technology Development Center. Perhaps more importantly, Columbia itself hosts the University of South Carolina, a natural pipeline for young talent, and the area includes three military installations, a perfect source of experienced cybersecurity veterans. In Capgemini’s words, “high-quality people, a central location, and the best technology.”

OK, so will Capgemini use the new SOC as a draw for new clients, not just new talent? Morefield and Purohit said the security practice would mirror strategic efforts across the global company by focusing on expanding its footprint with existing clients, particularly those that “already believe in Capgemini, have trust with” the company, and are looking to change their cybersecurity services vendor or posture.

Does this new SOC set Capgemini apart from the competition? Maybe not, but so what? The company does not need groundbreaking or unique security offerings to win new work with existing clients, the target market for the Capgemini security practice. The company needs talented people, excellent facilities and access to the best technology through alliances, all complemented by global scale and global delivery. Cementing those fundamentals, building partnerships with the university through recruiting and with the greater Columbia community by investing in veterans, and continuing to expand capabilities and scale globally should sustain double-digit growth and reward Capgemini’s decision to invest in cyber, along with digital and cloud.

Now we need to go visit. (For additional insights, read our blog on EY and special report on Accenture.)

Inside the evolving IoT strategy of Dell Technologies

For Dell Technologies, an Internet of Things (IoT) strategy has emerged over the last year, addressing the challenges faced by horizontally focused companies when approaching a fragmented market.

The tech giant shared its approach during a recent analyst summit, revealing a multi-faceted strategy that Technology Business Research (TBR) believes is thoughtful, sophisticated and likely to help the company grow.

The strategy includes a strong partnership network, specific IoT solutions and a growing set of relevant infrastructure components.

In short, IoT is important to Dell Technologies because it generates data at the edge of the network.

— Ezra Gottheil, Principal Analyst

2019 Services Predictions: Fix my business problem with a solution, not a slide — IT services and consulting for human-centric digital transformation

Trust in turbulent times: data access and management as the key to IT services and consulting success in an uncertain 2019

From London to San Francisco, macroeconomic shifts and unsettled political environments in both the U.K. and the U.S. will make the start of 2019 turbulent and likely troubled for many companies, including the IT services vendors and consultancies we cover within TBR’s Professional Services practice. These companies will face harder decisions around repositioning their investments to other geographies or finding more cost-conscious investments in new areas. We are expecting a slowdown in both countries — not necessarily in revenues, but in fresh ideas and creativity, service launches, and expansion in additional markets within both economies — driven by new uncertainty and well-founded caution. The U.S. has traditionally been the largest market for IT services vendors, and no single year will change that hard, economic fact. But where we have seen IT services vendors experiment with new consulting business models that blend emerging technologies into strategy consulting and embed codeveloped IP into outcomes-based IT services engagements, we expect a retrenchment as 2019 opens, with uncertainty lingering at least through the summer. By this time next year, we expect to see more initiatives in APAC leveraging that region’s faster adoption of 5G (and all that means for digital transformation at speed and scale). And we expect the three trends described below will be demonstrably evident in the strategies and performances of the leading IT services vendors and consultancies we cover.

Underlying all of our assessments, we are developing a new appreciation for the criticality of data. Beyond the cliché that every company is a data company or that data is the new oil, we have been seeing throughout 2018 the way IT services vendors and consultancies have begun investing increasingly in data management, cleansing and protection, all with the assumption that analytics, automation, artificial intelligence and every other emerging technology starts with and relies on clean and useful data. Smarter business decisions do not come from bad data, no matter how good the algorithm or analytics package. For 2019, this means data access becomes an opportunity to extend to all IT services, up to and including digital transformation, the same trust that comes with an audit or a multiyear outsourcing engagement. Imagine a consultancy working with unfettered access to every data element across a client’s enterprise. Getting there may take a changed regulatory environment and will definitely require that boards be willing to extend trust in new ways, a human limitation that may slow this new data access. But we see it coming. If politics and economics could cause stormy weather in the U.S. and U.K., the acceleration of digital transformation through data access may be the longer-term trend, the global warming lifting all boats on rising sea levels.

Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow: Amazon, RPA, AI and ethical IT in the federal sector

Notwithstanding the increased integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and process bots into government operations, the U.S. federal services sector decidedly remains a people business. At a recent Washington Technology Power Breakfast forum, industry leaders talked talent strategies and how they hope to succeed as digital transformation fundamentally changes the types of people sought for government work. A few key themes emerged as near-universal top-of-mind concerns for forum participants and audience members, such as the importance of developing a brand and messaging values that resonate with the emerging workforce; the criticality of public-private partnerships to develop talent in the greater Washington, D.C., area and beyond; and the concern and uncertainty about the human capital impact of Amazon’s (Nasdaq: AMZN) recent decision to become a much closer neighbor of Uncle Sam.

The trends and issues discussed often repeated themes TBR touches on regularly in its analysis of the IT industry, both within the federal market and across public and private sectors globally. While the perspectives shared were both validating and enlightening, there was just as much value in paying attention to what the panelists did not talk about at length. Today’s pressing HR demands leave little time for talent strategists to worry about the looming disruptive impacts of AI and robotic process automation (RPA), the fundamental changes in labor amid the rise of asset-based services, forward-thinking venture-capital-like approaches to partnerships, or the uncomfortable and growing issue of ethics conflicting with the eagerness to apply innovative IT to government missions. HR leaders and strategic decision makers at the leading services firms will need to grapple with these difficult topics today if they want to stay ahead of disruption that is just around the corner in the dynamic and rapidly changing IT industry.



Washington Technology Power Breakfast: TBR Public Sector Analyst Joey Cresta was recently invited to participate in a panel discussion on talent strategies of government contractors at a breakfast forum hosted by Washington Technology. The event provided an outlet for executives, HR experts and industry thought leaders to share how they intend to win talent in a competitive labor market while maintaining profitability and bracing for the impact of Amazon’s impending move into Crystal City.

Telecom IoT and edge computing: Developing focus areas in the telecom industry

As we look to 2019, TBR’s Telecom team has completed some insightful brainstorming sessions where we discussed industry trends and topics. We identified two nascent areas about which we are receiving increased questions and will spend more time researching as we move into the new year: telecom IoT and telecom edge compute. We welcome input, ideas and discussion as we dive deeper into these focus areas in 2019.

Coverage of these markets will be global in nature and will include insights on both operator and vendor positioning and strategies. Additionally, TBR will examine where companies are making money and spending money in these markets. Research will focus on business models and how they are evolving for Internet of Things (IoT) and edge compute, operator and vendor sophistication, and traction of IoT and edge compute businesses. There will be particular emphasis on leading companies: how they are making money in the market and where they are investing to position for success. We will examine market use cases and verticals to identify areas of opportunity.

Telecom IoT

The IoT market will scale up over the next five years as module prices decrease, IoT-optimized networks are built, and businesses and consumers realize the benefits of connecting their “things.” Communications service providers (CSP) will play an integral role in the IoT ecosystem as it is built out, and their revenue from IoT will grow as they pursue traditional and new business models in this market.

Telecom edge compute

Edge computing has become a major area of interest and investment in the telecom industry, driven by the need to improve user experiences as well as enable and support new business models. CSPs are also keen to invest in edge computing as a cost-efficient solution, with 5G as well as the cloudification and virtualization of networks driving the build-out of edge compute environments.

Dell Technologies’ IoT strategy evolves

IoT is strategic

Internet of Things (IoT) is important to Dell Technologies because it generates data at the edge of the network. CEO Michael Dell reiterated that, “AI [artificial intelligence] is your rocket ship and data is the fuel,” but one might just as well say that data is Dell Technologies’ fuel. Dell Technologies’ business is built on customers’ need to obtain and extract value from data. The fact that IoT is edge-based helps with Dell Technologies’ need to maintain and grow its on-premises infrastructure business. While Dell Technologies is a vendor to public cloud providers, its on-premises business is more profitable. Data generated at the edge increases the need for edge storage and processing and makes other on-premises storage and processing more attractive.

Dell Technologies is starting with partners, bundles, and appliances

While other digital transformation technologies such as machine learning and blockchain are not as edge-centric as IoT, they are often used in IoT solutions and they present Dell Technologies with the same problem: Their applications are so diverse and specific to businesses and business processes that Dell Technologies cannot acquire or develop the domain knowledge necessary to create and sell enough specific solutions to address the breadth of the market or the majority of the revenue. For this reason, Dell Technologies prioritized the development of a strong partner ecosystem. Different ecosystem partners bring to the table domain expertise, other desirable technology, or the services necessary to integrate, deploy, and run specific solutions.


Dell Technologies Analyst Summit 2018: Dell Technologies’ (NYSE: DVMT) Internet of Things (IoT) strategy has emerged over the last year, addressing the challenges faced by horizontally focused companies when approaching a fragmented market. The company shared its approach with analysts in half-day interactive session, revealing a multifaceted strategy that TBR believes is thoughtful, sophisticated and likely to help the company grow. The strategy includes a strong partnership network, specific IoT solutions and a growing set of relevant infrastructure components.


When your car becomes your smartphone, who handles your cybersecurity risk?

In discussing EY’s recently released Global Information Security Survey with the firm’s Americas Cybersecurity leaders, TBR heard a compelling case for an industry-led approach to anticipating the future of cybersecurity and overall risk. The EY leaders noted the firm echoes its overall industry-led go-to-market approach in cybersecurity, adding that understanding security gaps to be addressed by a company in contrast to security gaps necessarily tackled by the industry as a whole could be the key to properly meeting clients’ current and future cybersecurity risks. Anticipating future cybersecurity needs within the context of an industry’s specific emerging trends — think cars becoming connected, forcing auto manufacturers into the software and connectivity business — could help clients answer their most frequent question, “How do I make smart capital allocation decisions with respect to cyber?”

Echoing sentiments TBR has heard from other consultancies, most notably PwC and Accenture, the EY leaders added that clients increasingly want to know more than just what is best in breed and what minimally meets regulatory requirements. Clients ask what cybersecurity startups and technology-centric companies have developed, what best practices can be learned across multiple industries, and, tellingly for EY and its competitors, what EY can bring to the table. On the last point, TBR has seen a substantial shift in the way EY develops and deploys technology, particularly cross-practice solutions (such as cybersecurity within a supply chain engagement). As we reported from Toronto this summer and the previous year in New York City, EY has fully embraced consulting in an assets-based digital transformation age.

Still to come: How EY will utilize the findings from its survey to move the needle on boards allocating more resources to cybersecurity, and how the firm will attract, train and retain cybersecurity talent, particularly as nontraditional vendors increasingly move into EY’s cybersecurity space.  

Technology Business Research, Inc. announces 1Q19 webinar schedule

Technology Business Research, Inc. (TBR) announces the schedule for its 1Q19 webinar series.

Jan. 9            Virtualization flips the axis on technology monetization and adoption

Jan. 23         IoT is getting a lot easier

Feb. 6           The pendulum swings: Customer demands reshape how infrastructure vendors do business

Feb. 13         5G will be an evolution, not a revolution

Feb. 20         Customers care less, vendors buy more, and both sides become more intelligent

Feb. 27         Consulting’s robot army: How RPA changes the consulting business model

Mar. 20        Enabling stakeholders across the healthcare ecosystem to navigate the path to value-based care

TBR webinars are held typically each Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET and include a 15-minute Q&A session following the main presentation. Previous webinars can be viewed anytime on TBR’s Webinar Portal.



What’s going on in Texas with Atos?

TBR’s Patrick Heffernan and Boz Hristov share highlights from a November 2018 visit to Texas to hear directly from Atos and Syntel executives on their strategies and expectations for 2019. Boz brings up Atos’ competitors and how the acquisition of Syntel could change the competitive landscape. Patrick discusses what scale will mean for Atos and how a client’s comments during the event demonstrate how critical this Atos-Syntel pairing could be.


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