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HRO Will Drive Ahead in 2013

January 25, 2013
Linda Merritt, HRO Research Analyst, NelsonHall

Linda Merritt, HRO Research Analyst, NelsonHall

With more organizations making the decision to use HR business process outsourcing services, even in the face of a still uncertain economic environment, the overall confidence of HR outsourcing suppliers in the market over the next 12-months is at its highest level in six quarters according to the latest NelsonHall HRO Confidence Index (HROCI).The HRO vendor confidence level is up 6% year-over-year reaching 155.5, where 100 represents unchanged confidence and higher scores indicate increased confidence.

Drivers Outweigh Inhibitors

The impact of the wider economy is strengthening the drivers for HR outsourcing which appear to be outweighing its impact on the associated inhibitors such as unrealistic pricing expectations and frozen decision-making. Currently, 89% of HR outsourcing suppliers believe that a net up-turn in HRO decision-making is taking place, with just 7% of suppliers perceiving that a net down-turn in HRO decision-making is taking place.

The top principal drivers for HR outsourcing include:

  • Increased cost reduction
  • Greater process consistency across business units and geographies
  • Organizations looking for an increased transformational emphasis.

New private sector HRO deals typically remain limited in initial size, and significant growth opportunities continue to come from existing clients in the form of added scale or scope. In line with the “increased focus on cost reduction driven by the worsening economic climate,” organizations are finally showing an increased interest in evaluating outsourcing opportunities previously rejected.

Transformation Beyond Cost Arbitrage

The HROCI supports our 2013 trends with “a clear ‘transformation’ agenda” and a focus on value. Clients are looking to vendors to help them:

  • Deliver a more empowered employee experience and access to learning using technology to administer, deliver, and share learning
  • Manage business outcomes by driving higher employee engagement including a better end-user experience and continual “future-thinking”
  • Achieve solid productivity and accelerate time to competency.

2013 Outlook

HRO vendor expectations for 2013 look best for payroll, then MPHRO which looks solid, followed by RPO, benefits administration, and then learning services. Multi-country deals for payroll and RPO will again be common with the average number of included countries around 20.  Of little surprise is that expectations for the government sector have slightly worsened, particularly for defense and state & local government.

Have You Listened

Another NelsonHall product of interest is the BPO Index which is supported by a quarterly conference call open to all who register.

According to the January Index, total BPO contract value was down significantly for 2012, especially in North America and Europe. The global economy and the U.S. fiscal cliff added to business growth uncertainty, which drove down industry-specific BPO the most.

At the same time, back-office BPO, which includes HRO, was up 25%, and HRO was up significantly year-over-year.

If you can lower total cost, improve performance, and increase business value, you can get an HRO deal!

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The Importance of Defining MPHRO by Market Segments

January 22, 2013
Amy L. Gurchensky, HRO Research Analyst, NelsonHall

Amy L. Gurchensky, HRO Research Analyst, NelsonHall

In NelsonHall’s last “Targeting Multi-Process HR Outsourcing” (MPHRO) market analysis report, I identified four unique market segments that MPHRO buyers fall within and their characteristics.  Namely:

  • Multi-Country Standardization
  • Shared Service Transformation
  • Core Business Focus
  • Technology-Led HR Service Enhancement.

In the latest report that is due to be published this month, I cover how these segments have evolved and take a closer look at contract activity in the last two years among each segment.

Some highlights include:

  • The average number of countries for all contracts in the “Multi-Country Standardization” and “Shared Service Transformation” segments versus the average number of countries for contracts within these segments signed since January 2011
  • Average employee headcount for each segment overall and for contracts signed after January 2011
  • Client drivers, benefits, and inhibitors by segment
  • Average contract length by market segment and the trend for contract durations by segment since January 2011
  • Pricing model trends within each segment
  • Market size and growth rates by market segment
  • Vendor revenues by segment.

To really understand the MPHRO market, distinctions by market segment need to be made since trends in one segment can incorrectly skew data.  For example, the average MPHRO contract length for all market segments combined is approximately six years.  However, durations by segment reveal that the Shared Service Transformation contracts average 8.1 years, while the other segments average somewhere between 4.8 and 5.5 years.

Stay tuned for more insights on the current shape of the MPHRO market.

IBM Accentuates its RPO and Talent Management Offering by Acquiring Kenexa

August 28, 2012

Gary Bragar, HRO Research Director, NelsonHall

Although a bit smaller than the $1.9bn Oracle paid for Taleo (coincidentally at $46 per share as well) and the $3.4bn SAP paid for SuccessFactors, I believe that IBM’s acquisition of Kenexa, a cash transaction at $46 per share or ~$1.3bn and closing in Q4 2012, will have a much more immediate and larger impact than the aforementioned acquisitions.

Both Taleo and SuccessFactors were specifically acquired for their talent management (TM) technology. Beyond the strength of Kenexa’s technology, however, is the provision of TM services including:

  • Consulting
  • RPO
  • Employee engagement
  • Leadership development.

According to an IBM study conducted earlier this year, 71% of respondents cited “human capital” as the leading source of sustained economic value, above products and services innovation and significantly higher than technology. Kenexa, as a HCM and TM provider, will compliment IBM’s TM offering, which focuses on the full TM life cycle of attracting, developing, rewarding, and retaining talent. Specifically, IBM’s TM offering includes:

  • Recruiting
  • Learning
  • Performance management
  • Compensation
  • Succession management.

In addition to its multi-process HRO (MPHRO) offering, which includes TM, IBM also specializes in providing workforce strategy transformation, social technology, and analytics to predict and measure performance.

While RPO is part of IBM’s MPHRO offering, it also provides RPO on a standalone basis to GM. Kenexa’s RPO capabilities, however, will accelerate IBM’s RPO market share, making it one of the largest RPO providers globally with clients headquartered in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Kenexa also delivers RPO services in Latin America including South America in ~25% of its contracts.

Kenexa’s BrassRing technology is one of the two most widely used applicant tracking systems in RPO contracts. Kenexa also brings its Kenexa 2x Recruit platform, which in addition to recruiting and learning contains the following performance management modules:

  • Goal setting
  • Competencies
  • Performance appraisals
  • Compensation
  • Career development and pathing
  • Succession planning.

NelsonHall estimates that Kenexa has more than tripled the size of its RPO business since 2006 with brand name clients including Ford and multi-regional contracts with Baker Hughes and Eli Lilly.

IBM’s price of $46 per share is a 42% premium over Kenexa’s August 24th close, but it will be well worth it. IBM is getting much more than software technology; it is getting assets, including human talent that can make a HCM difference. IBM’s plan is to combine its approach to social business, analytics, and TM to transform business processes to create smarter workforces with measureable business results. Given Kenexa’s record of growth and IBM’s experience with integrating acquisitions, this sounds like a good plan and a great business opportunity for both companies.

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HRO Carrying On Despite Slow, Decelerating Economy

July 25, 2012

Amy L. Gurchensky, HRO Research Analyst, NelsonHall

For those of you who are not aware, NelsonHall assesses the confidence in the HRO market on a quarterly basis. The report involves surveying HRO suppliers from all disciplines to get a pulse on the market.

 From time to time, my colleagues and I will blog about these results. I thought I would take a step back and re-examine HRO supplier confidence levels since the report began.

 As the name suggests, the supplier confidence level measures how confident HRO suppliers are in the future market with a level of 100 representing no change in confidence.

Since the report began, the index has constantly shown a healthy level, despite some fluctuations in between. The following chart graphs HRO service provider confidence levels since its inception.

HRO Supplier Confidence Chart

2011 shows a major turning point in HRO vendor optimism, revealing a downward trend line that coincides with the Employment Situation report produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There is no need to panic though. It appears that supplier expectations are now more accurately aligned to pipeline activity, which showed a slight weakening in Q1 2012. Again, the most important thing to remember is that the indices are still at a healthy level.

Despite the headwinds from the economic recovery, business for HRO has carried on as evidenced in the following contract activity:

  • ADP: awarded a multi-country payroll contract by HP covering ~130,000 employees in 40 countries across Asia Pacific (excluding India), Europe, and the Americas (excluding the U.S.)
  • Fidelity: awarded a DC administration contract by the University of Washington for ~31,000 employees; it is now the sole recordkeeping provider for the university
  • Talent2: awarded a three year RPO contract by Bankwest in Australia providing full RPO services from job requisition through onboarding including employment branding, establishing an innovation program for sourcing, and more
  • IBM: awarded a learning services contract by a government entity in South Africa including content development and delivery of learning
  • Aon Hewitt: renews and expands its multi-process HR outsourcing contract with BMO Financial Group for payroll, workforce administration, H&W administration, recruitment services, and compensation administration covering 46,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada for eight years.

There will likely be continued challenges from clients such as stalled decision-making or demands for lower pricing, and some service lines will fare better than others in this slow economy that is decelerating.

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The Logic in Logica’s Focus on MPHRO

July 16, 2012

Linda Merritt, HRO Research Analyst, NelsonHall

Logica has long been an HRO service provider in the U.K. and Europe. With much of its HRO revenues from payroll, it has been a bit quiet on the multi-process HRO (MPHRO) front. So I wasn’t sure that I saw the logic in Logica’s increased investment in MPHRO capabilities, especially when there are other major MPHRO players already in the economy-constrained market.

The HRO group at Logica recognized the developing opportunity for MPHRO as some buyers, especially second generation HRO users and multi-country businesses, began to want more than just transactional low-cost contracts. This created space for an HRO partner to help clients transform HR to increase business and workforce agility in responding to rapidly changing market conditions.

Logica is emphasizing its transformational HRO capabilities by:

  • Assisting organizations to align their HR objectives and services with those of the wider organization and manage HR against business goals such as increased employee engagement
  • Change management and ensuring that change management is both carried out up-front and carried through to a detailed sub-process level using service simulations to promote operational change as necessary
  • Composing a common HR process taxonomy to be used as a common language across both outsourced processes and the retained HR processes
  • Program management and its real-time PMO tools.

In terms of process design, the company is looking to use a set of standard Logica HR processes for Logica-delivered processes; for client-retained HR processes, it will provide workflow tools. Logica is also looking to encourage innovation beyond minor process improvements by establishing jointly managed innovation funds and innovation groups with its clients.

In technology terms, Logica currently supplements Oracle’s PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 and Oracle’s E-Business Suite with specialist HR applications where necessary. It may also consider SAP-based HRMS implementations downstream.

To date, the investments are starting to pay off. BPO, including HRO, was the fastest growing segment for Logica in FY 2011, up 23.8%. In the last 12 months, Logica has also been awarded several major MPHRO contracts including:

  • BAE Systems:  a six year contract supporting 33,000 participants in the U.K. with a new single-tenant, hosted Oracle HR platform; payroll services; absence and attendance; employee care; and administration services in support of talent management functions including recruiting and learning
  • Ahold, a Dutch headquartered supermarket retailer: a nine year contract supporting ~100,000 participants in the Netherlands, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic with a new Oracle PeopleSoft 9.1 platform; HR administration services; HR service desk; and payroll services, which will be subcontracted to ADP.

Other MPHRO contracts were awarded by a British telecom and a Swedish financial services firm, both for five years.

Logica is well underway working its five year roadmap for services development, which includes strategic new services, increasing its partnership ecosystem, and practical elements like adding more mobile apps. Logica is also a relationship-focused partner, and that trust factor, along with results realization from the new wins, will help it continue to grow in MPHRO. Logical indeed!

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