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NGA’s Broadening Offerings

July 24, 2013
Liz Rennie, HRO Research Analyst, NelsonHall

Liz Rennie, HRO Research Analyst, NelsonHall

Last week we attended the Advisor & Analyst Summit with NGA where CEO Adel Al-Saleh presented the highlights for FY2013 (up to 30 April 2013) and described the company as an “IP-led HR services company.” Focus was given to the company’s ability to support global payrolls, whatever the HRIS platform, as NGA supports multiple platforms such as Workday, SuccessFactors, PeopleSoft, Oracle and SAP. Further, NGA announced that BPO agreements are in place with all the above-mentioned technology companies.

NGA serves all size companies and is particularly focused on global enterprise clients. Multi-country BPO HR/payroll is where NGA sees growth. Over the last year NGA experienced flat revenues, the downturn in the consulting was cited as the main reason; however, EBITDA was up by 8.6% to $157m. Workforce administration and global payroll were cited as areas which were experiencing growth. A “sweet-spot” client would be a client who wants its IT to be managed and requires service components for HR administration and/or payroll.

New wins and renewals for FY 2013 were cited as Aer Lingus (Irish HRO client based on ResourceLink), Textron (PeopleSoft renewal), Pirelli (40 countries in scope), State of Texas, McGraw-Hill and Orica.

FY 2014 priorities

  • Evolve the client-centric coverage. This means to increase the reporting and visibility of customer satisfaction to drive this higher
  • Drive the maturity of global delivery capabilities
  • Evolve the transformation consulting services
  • Invest and launch key IP platforms, including:
    – Global payroll
    – Service center tools & utilities
    – euHReka – Preceda – ResourceLink – Moorepay
  • Increase traction of key partnerships:
    – Workday
    – SuccessFactors-SAP
    – Oracle.

NGA already has more than 8 clients utilizing the Workday platform.

NGA presented its Global Delivery Model, which demonstrates the maturity and scale of NGA’s global delivery, including approximately 1.2k employees in Manila, 1k in Kochi, 100 in Dalian, China, 150 in Katowice, Poland, 500 in Granada, Spain and 200 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. These centers have been undergoing a center standardization based on Six Sigma to improve alignment.

NGA’s depth of knowledge is evident in the 8 IP components presented, including its NGA Service Catalogue, Global Statutory Center, ePIM Implementation Methodology, SunEXo (to track payroll status), ScopeHR (to configure scope), Online Reference Guide (for processes and instructions), Global Standard Training and Global Process Framework.

Being an IP-led HR services company, NGA has to clearly articulate the value of the IP to the client and then ensure that the IP roadmap is closely following its client’s needs. Furthermore, increasing technology capability with a broader partner ecosystem could bring further challenges, such as:

  • Finding the right technical solution for a client without confusing them; especially where they are simply asking for a service
  • When the IP becomes less technology centric, NGA could lose some of the depth of knowledge that is already built into the IP.

NGA continues to be a company that is flexible to the needs of its clients. In this current climate companies need agility in HR solutions, services, prices and (now more than ever) technology. NGA offers a global delivery network that is experienced and always hungry for more business.

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The Parable of IBM and Kenexa: Part I

September 13, 2012

Linda Merritt, HRO Research Analyst, NelsonHall

I have not seen such a range of varied opinions from members of the HRO and HR tech communities as those about IBM’s acquisition of Kenexa. The commentary showed that many were taken a bit by surprise and weren’t sure how to analyze the news that IBM was acquiring Kenexa for $1.3bn.

IBM Bought Kenexa?

The surprise was not the purchase of Kenexa, which was foreshadowed by the acquisition of Taleo by Oracle and SuccessFactors by SAP. It was more about the fact that IBM was doing the purchasing.

A few  thought that ADP might make such an acquisition since it had already expanded its benefits capabilities with Workscape and SHPS and its RPO capabilities with The RightThing, so wouldn’t talent management make sense? Speculation continued, perhaps Mercer, Ceridian, or even ADP would be the target of an acquisition or merger.

IBM itself was considered likely to continue its acquisitive ways with something more in the talent management / HCM space. Likely targets mentioned included Cornerstone OnDemand, SilkRoad, SumTotal, Saba, with a few suggesting Halogen, Peoplefluent, and others. In short, someone is going to buy something else.

The Meaning of the Deal?

What does this mean we all asked, much like the tale of the Blind Men and the Elephant as was suggested by the leading light Naomi Bloom. Early viewpoints on the acquisition included:

  • Continuing IBM’s move into social media and analytics
  • Continuing IBM’s move into professional services including strengthening RPO
  • Disrupting the HCM market and becoming a talent management player
  • Delivering value to the HR executive
  • Delivering value to the C-suite and bypassing HR
  • Primarily being a HRO deal with some software attached
  • Primarily being a software deal with some HRO attached
  • Upping competition with SAP, Oracle, Salesforce.com, and even Workday
  • Selling into Kenexa’s IBM-like customer base of Fortune 500 clients.

IBM’s news crossed many markets including HRO, HCM, HR tech (software, platform, cloud, etc.), BPO, social media, talent management, and financial and market analysts. Each commenter viewed the same information through the lens of their personal perspective and professional interest, much like the blind men touching different parts of the elephant.

With so many options before it, including IBM’s own announced intentions for the addition of Kenexa, the opportunities are new and exciting. Given the inherent complexities, IBM will face many risks as well. Look for more on The Parable of IBM and Kenexa coming in Part II.

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The Intricate World of HRO Provider Partnerships

October 4, 2011

It is uncommon to see a multi-process HR outsourcing (MPHRO) provider with a go-it-alone strategy.  Beyond the services a particular MPHRO service provider considers core, you will usually find other select HRO vendors. The option to operate in a networked HRO supply chain environment can be a valuable choice.  Some benefits include:

  • Providing clients with the option of selected best-of-breed software applications with the primary provider managing the interfaces and integrations under one contract
  • Investing in what the MPHRO vendor does best and offering a wider range of service options through partnerships
  • Entering new geographies faster with less investment, an option especially seen in knitting together global payroll and increasingly in multi-country RPO
  • Buying time to develop more robust internal offerings
  • Creating a pool of potential investments or M&A targets.

This week, NorthgateArinso (NGA) and Workday announced a partnership to bring multi-country payroll to the Workday cloud.  Workday 16 customers will have the option to access NGA’s payroll processing capabilities in 51 countries through NGA’s new euHReka Inclusion Framework.

Workday, launched in 2006, is one of the first and largest start-ups to provide a SaaS-only HR ERP. Revenues are estimated to be  ~$150m this year with ~210 customers, most in the mid-market, but some are large market clients with 55k to 100k employees.  Still U.S.-centric in revenues and clients, Workday is expanding into the U.K. and Canada and plans to expand further in Europe in 2012. Workday is in a fast growth mode, targeting a 100% increase in revenues for 2012. It is busy selling, implementing new clients, and building out a full suite of HR and financial cloud-based ERP services. In the meantime, it can offer clients greater options via its partner network. In addition to NGA, other partners for multi-country payroll include ADP, Patersons, and SafeGuard World International.

Another example comes from Ceridian, which is expanding its investment and service partnership with Dayforce. The two have been partnering since 2009 to offer InView, a platform SaaS solution that blends Ceridian’s payroll, human resources, and benefits administration offerings with Dayforce’s workforce management software application. The expanded InView HR and Self-Service is to be released in 4Q 2011 and new payroll functionality is on track for 1Q 2012.

InView is starting out quickly as a successful partnership. Ceridian set a target of 300 clients for the first year and exceeded that number in six months. As more clients go live, the partnership will have to carefully balance service with growth to ensure long-term success.

HRO vendor partnerships are not always successful and must be carefully structured and managed, especially when the vendor partners may well compete with one another in some markets or services. With care, this can be a strategy with benefits for clients and the HRO vendor partners.

Linda Merritt, Research Analyst, HRO, NelsonHall

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HRO – Helping HR Move up the Ladder of Business Value

December 9, 2010

Yesterday I listened to the “Prepare and Predict” webinar hosted annually by Workday and moderated by Bill Kutik, the founder of the HR Technology conferences. R “Ray” Wang from Constellation Research, Jim Holincheck from Gartner and Jason Averbook from Knowledge Infusion each offered three predictions for 2011. All three panelists are heavily savvy in the field of HR technology and while their comments were not necessarily about HRO, the overlap and relevance were significant.

So many things in HR and HRO are considered emerging trends and receiving significant coverage in the media. Sometimes the hype exceeds the reality, and that again seems to be the case with the use of social media in HR and even talent management. Yes, they are growing in both interest and use, but there are few breakthrough examples offered in case studies.

Jim Holincheck sees the use of social media making the most useful and practical progress in recruiting, and to some extent in learning. Many RPO service providers are leading in using social media like LinkedIn to broaden the net for recruiting. Making the applicant process more engaging and “warm” can also help build a pipeline of “warm” candidates.

The panelists agreed that first there needs to be a policy that guides who can do what, and then define the business expectations for any application initiatives. And don’t think you have a lot of time to figure this out. According to Ray Wang, the personal use of smart phones is already driving demand for action-oriented mobile and unified communications in many areas.

The key is not just that various new tools and technologies are present, whether in-house or via HRO, but how they are being used. A growing group will say they are using a talent management application. But the consensus on the panel was that what is really happening is basic automation, putting process elements like appraisals online. Currently, the greatest client-reported benefit of a talent management application is automation, not business results.

It is true that you have to walk before you can run and that the basic “wiring” needs to be in place. That brings me to one of my foundation principles; have an HR strategy that is aligned with business needs, designed to deliver business outcomes and including a design approach for HR technology and service delivery.

HRO buyers – it is only if you have a longer term plan and know where you want to get, and why, that you can select an ERP; otherwise, consider SaaS (as many are), determine how to balance best of breed with the need for integration, and which areas to support internally or outsource as you build a new or change out an old platform of HR systems and services.

HRO providers – show cautious clients looking to meet a few basic needs how your systems and services can enable automation and self and manager services at competitive costs, and is also ready to meet the HR needs of the business as it matures and is ready to move up the ladder of business value through HR as a strategy business partner.

Linda Merritt, Research Director, HRO, NelsonHall