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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.

Services weekly preview: Nov. 5-9, 2018

Well into the third quarter of industry earnings and our periodic assessments of IT services vendors, TBR’s analysts this week will also share their semiannual analysis on vendors in the management consulting space

Monday: In 3Q18 Infosys signed 12 large deals with a total contract value over $2 billion, but the company’s delivery framework remains fragile as Infosys maintains its margin-first culture. In our full report on Infosys, Senior Analyst Boz Hristov notes that open-source solutions will support Infosys’ efforts to compete on price as it morphs its value proposition toward becoming a platform-based company. Returning to sustainable double-digit revenue growth will remain a mirage in the next two years.

Tuesday: Senior Analyst Jen Hamel’s initial take on IBM Services’ 3Q18 earnings performance noted that while internal transformation efforts expanded margins, stalled revenue growth shows the company’s work is far from over. The full report expands upon the implications of IBM’s ongoing transformation, including the recent announcement of plans to acquire Red Hat, for IBM Services’ future as a leading IT services vendor.

Wednesday:

  • Analyst Kevin Collupy’s initial report on DXC Technology’s (DXC) quarterly earnings will explore the company’s approach to software and partnerships and its continued use of acquisitions to fill talent and portfolio gaps. We expect tepid growth through the remainder of the year and likely modest organic year-to-year declines, highlighting the importance of strategic acquisitions.
  • In the last edition of the McKinsey & Co. Management Consulting Benchmark profile, I anticipated a slowdown in the firm’s acquisition pace and questioned whether McKinsey could assimilate new capabilities and roll out new offerings, especially around digital, design and analytics. This profile publishing this week will detail how McKinsey performed through the start of this year and how the firm has positioned itself well to benefit from competitors preparing the market for digital transformation.

Thursday: Analyst John Caucis’ initial response to DXC’s earnings and the fiscal performance of the company’s healthcare IT services (HITS) business will cover a mix of positive and negative developments in the fiscal quarters ended 2Q18 and 3Q18 (semiannual report). DXC continues to execute strongly in APAC, particularly in Australia, but indications of difficulties in Europe began to surface in 3Q18. Meanwhile in DXC’s core U.S. market, disruptions appear to be lingering from the spin-merge with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Enterprise Services, delaying a rebound in healthcare IT services growth.

Friday: In this edition of the semiannual look at Accenture’s management consulting practice, Boz will note that the company will rely on patented, artificial intelligence-enhanced solutions to maintain revenue growth momentum and withstand threats from the Big Four and IBM. However, adding tech-centric offerings and engineering-trained resources may pressure its management consulting brand, while a potential large-scale management consulting acquisition could help the company address buyers’ perception.