Report names IBM, Accenture and TCS as digital transformation leaders

US-based research outfit HfS has released its list of the leaders in the digital transformation services space, with IBM, Accenture and TCS occupying the top positions. According to the researchers, “2014 has shaped up to be the year Digital Transformation took root as a unifying theme for IT and business services.

In a blog accompanying the research, the authors note “We are entering another period of accelerated development and economic advancement that is being driven by technology. The last wave was also fueled by digital technology, but driven by the web and the broader Internet the gains this created were primarily centered on improving existing operations. Information became cheaper, moved faster and became available to nearly everyone — whether an employee, customer or partner. That transparency drove out waste.” They argue that this latest wave of change is different, and is being fuelled by three things: mobility, analytics and cloud computing.

The research report — which is called Digital Transformation Services: an HfS Blueprint Primer and costs $US3000 — identifies leaders, challenges and rising stars based on the maturity of their offerings and their capabilities to execute.

In the blog, Ned May, HfS’s Senior Vice President, Research, identifies the companies in each of these categories:

  • Front Runners Accenture, IBM, TCS, Cognizant and Infosys occupy this select group as each has demonstrated having the industry expertise and technological innovation to craft leading-edge solutions across a variety of clients. These providers make a great fit for those looking to embrace change aggressively — understanding the level of challenges and opportunities that breaking this new ground will entail.
  • Challengers Wipro, HP, Capgemini, and Unisys are in the hunt for the top positions, though they could all benefit from greater coordination and centralisation around their entire portfolio of digital skills. These providers make a great fit for an enterprise that brings a clear but more measured vision of adoption.
  • Rising Stars IGATE and CSC provide strong examples of digital transformation, though now they need to do so on amuch broader scale. Providers in this wave make an excellent choice for those looking to experiment, and wanting a strong partner to co-develop a solution.

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(Image: Ned May, HfS Research)

The blog concludes by suggesting that, given the amount of focus on digital transformation in the first half of 2014, HfS expects rapid development in the second half of 2014 and even more so in 2015. “Buyers could even expect a bidding war among providers as the hunt for referencable wins gets frothy short term.

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