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Thursday 30 November 2017

TechMarketView: The most influential analyst firm on the UK tech scene

2018 will be the Tenth Anniversary of the founding of TechMarketView. Our ambition from the outset was to become the most influential analyst firm on the UK tech scene.

In those 10 years, we have assembled a superb team of high quality analysts, many of whom have been with us for much of TechMarketView’s life. We built a customer base that embraces practically all of the main tech players, along with many mid-tier and emerging tech innovators. We initiated programmes, like Little British Battlers and Great British Scaleups.tmv

We grew HotViews so that now tens of thousands of readers treat it as their Number One source of informed news and views on the tech sector.

So you can imagine our pleasure and pride to read Duncan Chapple's article - see here - reviewing Kea Company’s latest Analyst Value Survey. The report makes the point that has been the very essence of Techmarketview's business model.

To quote:

"Many UK analyst firms produce most of their revenue abroad and, indeed, the UK might not even be their largest market. However, the size of the UK market and the growing concentration of the population south and east of Birmingham means that British [analyst] firms have a remarkable impact on their domestic market.

The results of Kea Company’s Analyst Value Survey illustrate that perfectly.

TechMarketView punches even further above its weight in terms of paying subscribers. Its deal value might be lower than Ovum’s, but a higher percentage of its UK readers are paying for subscriptions. Participants in the Analyst Value Survey said that TechMarketView’s impressive impact on the UK market reflects higher influence on journalists, investors and their customers…….."

So, after 10 years, TechMarketView can now claim with some justification - and a great deal of pride - to have come very close to achieving our objective of being the most influential analyst firm on the UK tech scene.

Posted by Richard Holway at '09:00' - Tagged: Influencers   TechMarketView   Analysts   MarketInfluencers  

Thursday 30 November 2017

* NEW RESEARCH * Back to growth for Indian pure-plays

chartFor the first time in over three years, trailing 12-month revenue growth for the Top 6 Indians pure-plays reversed its decline, though operating margins are still falling.

But there’s some cause for optimism, with anecdotal evidence that higher margin ‘digital’ projects are starting to extend beyond proofs of concept and pilots, driving up deal sizes into millions—and in some cases tens of millions—of dollars in value.

TechMarketView Foundation Service subscribers can see the numbers, as well as highlights of the top-tier and mid-tier players, in the latest edition of OffshoreViews downloadable from the link.

For more information, please contact our Client Services team at info@techmarketview.com

Posted by HotViews Editor at '06:00' - Tagged: offshore  

Tuesday 28 November 2017

OUT NOW: Infrastructure Services Market Trends & Forecasts to 2020

For the most comprehensive understanding of the UK’s Infrastructure Services market, read Infrastructure Services Market Trends and Forecasts: 2017-2020.infra

The report explains the key trends in the very large and complex UK Infrastructure Services market, and provides detailed forecast information to the end of 2020, highlighting areas of opportunity for suppliers.

TechMarketView’s research theme for 2017 is Unlocking the Intelligence. In Infrastructure Services, this refers to the creation of the systems and services that underpin and enable the digitisation of the enterprise. While technologies such as analytics and machine learning are key to turning data into intelligence, it is the infrastructure systems that play the critical role of storing, protecting and delivering the highly valuable data that flows through increasingly intelligent applications.

If you are a supplier looking to understand market evolution, this is the report for you.

If you would like to access the report (which is authored by Chief Research Officer, Kate Hanaghan) and are not currently a subscriber to our Infrastructure Services research, please contact Deb Seth.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '09:00'

Thursday 23 November 2017

Tech Talent Charter launch: Diversity is good for UKplc

TTC launchWe were delighted to be part of the launch this morning of the Tech Talent Charter, an employer-led initiative aimed at driving diversity in the UK’s tech workforce. Nearly one hundred organisations - both tech companies and tech users, including TechMarketView – have already signed up to the charter to show their commitment to supporting recruitment and retention policies that are designed to increase workforce diversity.

The charter is supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and techUK and as the Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital, said at the launch this morning, it is an excellent fit with the government’s UK Digital Strategy, which received fresh impetus from yesterday’s Budget.

Indeed, several of the speakers at the launch, led by the CEO of Tech Talent Charter Debbie Forster MBE, made the point that diversity in the workforce isn’t just a ‘nice’ thing to do, it’s good for business and good for ‘UK plc’ too. There is plenty of evidence that diverse organisations perform better than their non-diverse peers. But it’s perhaps more important to highlight that as competition for tech talent intensifies further – as it will do with all businesses, from farms to charities, becoming increasingly ‘digital’ – recruiting and retaining the best talent is only going to get more difficult. And, as Matt Hancock said so eloquently this morning, “You can’t catch all the opportunity if you only fish in half the pool”.

We won’t close the UK productivity gap or truly make the UK a ‘tech nation’ unless we make UK tech workplaces more diverse and inclusive, and that starts with encouraging more women and girls into the industry.

To learn more and sign your organisation up to the Tech Talent Charter visit techtalentcharter.co.uk.

Posted by Tola Sargeant at '12:12' - Tagged: policy   diversity  

Monday 20 November 2017

**RESEARCH** TechMarketView’s End User Insight Series

We have many confidential conversations with senior IT decision makers, but in our End User Insight Series we aim to share some of those interesting stories that are suitable for public consumption. In case you have missed any of those recently published, here’s a reminder:

ThyssenKrupp Elevator: We take a look at how the company is applying the Internet of Thingtess to address critical business challenges, particularly around maintenance issues. Thyssenkrupp Elevator: Using IoT to take lifts to the next level

FrieslandCampina: We examine how moving SAP to Amazon Web Services has highlighted the benefits of working with smaller specialist suppliers – not least Little British Battler, Lemongrass. Dairy firm takes giant step to AWS

Tesco Labs: We look at how Tesco Labs, a dedicated innovation unit run out of the UK, is exploring ways to better serve shoppers through the latest technology, such as the Internet of Things. Tesco Labs: Ushering in the connected home

Mortgage Brain: Owned by six of the big mortgage lenders, the company demonstrates how cloud delivered services have an important role to play in improving both customer experience and compliancy. Cloud for customer experience and compliancy

Not for profit: We look at the germination effect within a UK-based organisation: machine learning enabled applications spawning use cases once the first deployment is active, and their role as a catalyst for operational and process change. Machine learning in service desk change

npower and others: Here we provide insights from conversations with senior business managers responsible for managing Robotic Process Automation deployments in the highly regulated UK energy & utilities and retail banking sectors. Robotic Process Automation in retail banking and energy

If you are not a TechMarketView subscriber, please speak to Deb Seth for more information.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '09:19'

Friday 17 November 2017

Much work to do to create more Great British Scaleups!

picKudos to all those involved in the publication of the Scaleup Institute’s Annual Scaleup Review 2017, launched earlier this week at an event keynoted by Margot James MP, Minister for Small Business and Scale-Up Champion.

The 216-page tome provides a comprehensive ‘state of the nation’ assessment of the UK scaleup scene. Noting that the number of UK scaleups (businesses with average annual growth in employees or turnover greater than 20% p.a. over a three-year period, and with more than 10 employees at the beginning of the period) has increased from just under 27,000 in 2013 to over 31,000 in 2015, there’s clearly still more work to be done.

logoTechMarketView is doing its bit through our Great British Scaleup programme, which aims to help UK tech SMEs assess their scaleup potential and what they have to do to achieve it.

We have just completed the second Great British Scaleup event, with a further eight companies going through the process (see Introducing the Great British Scaleups – Series 2). You can read short profiles on these companies on UKHotViews.

We’re planning to ramp up the Great British Scaleup programme to run four events in 2018, with the next pencilled in for March. Keep an eye on UKHotViews for dates and how to apply, or drop us a line at gbs@techmarketview.com if you think your company has the potential to scale up and would like to register your interest.

The TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme is proudly sponsored by ScaleUp Group and Cogeco Peer1.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '08:55' - Tagged: gbs  

Thursday 16 November 2017

Data tops agenda for UK Health and Social Care

Lord OShLast night I joined leaders from the world of Health & Social Care at techUK’s annual dinner for the industry to hear from Lord O’Shaughnessy, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health; Professor Rachel Dunscombe, Director of Digital for Salford Royal Group and CEO of the new NHS Digital Academy; and Matthew Swindells, National Director: Operations & Information for NHS England, as well as techUK CEO Julian David.

The broad theme for the evening was ‘How can tech help to avoid a Winter Crisis in Health and Social Care?’, a topic that techUK is currently investigating. But a number of other key issues quickly emerged including data liquidity, GDPR, open data and interoperability and the digital workforce. Read more… 

Posted by Tola Sargeant at '12:13' - Tagged: socialcare   healthcare   policy   OpenData   GDPR   integratedcare  

Tuesday 14 November 2017

*NEW RESEARCH*: End User Insights - Tesco Labs

logoTesco is the country's largest retailer with 74% of its global £55.9bn revenues logogenerated across c3,500 stores in the UK. Tesco Group also includes retail operations in seven other countries, service and sourcing operations in India and China, Tesco Bank and customer insight experts, dunnhumby. However, in the period since 2007 – and even before the accounting scandal in 2014 that saw the company register a record loss of £6.4bn – the company’s market share has shrunk. The combination of economic recession and the growth of discounter brands such as Aldi and Lidl, plus the resultant price wars, has led to Tesco’s customer appeal waning.

In this research note we look at how Tesco Labs, a dedicated innovation unit run out of the UK, is exploring ways to improve the way it serves shoppers through the latest technology, including the Internet of Things (IoT).

Subscribers to our Foundation Service or InfrastructureViews can read the note here: Tesco Labs: Ushering in the connected home.

If you would like access to the best reaerch on the UK market, please contact Deb Seth

Posted by Kate Hanaghan at '10:04' - Tagged: infrastructureservices   innovation   iot   EndUserInsights  

Monday 13 November 2017

** NEW RESEARCH ** Security Supplier Ranking 2017

Security Supplier Ranking 2017The UK market for enterprise cyber security products and services is being keenly contested by a diverse mix of infrastructure services companies, dedicated security specialists, systems integrators, communication providers and start-ups. But which make it into our list of top 20 suppliers by revenue in 2016/2017?

The growing importance of security infrastructure in maintaining a robust defence against emerging cyber threats, coupled with the relatively high levels of enterprise investment compared to other areas, has prompted many suppliers to rapidly expand their capabilities as they jostle for position.

This report charts their progress and investigates the reasons for their success (or lack of it), identifying the strategies and business models that are changing the way cyber security products and services are sold and delivered to UK companies.

SecureConnectViews subscribers can read our Security Supplier Ranking 2017 report here.

Posted by Martin Courtney at '09:17' - Tagged: rankings   cybersecurity  

Monday 13 November 2017

Introducing the Great British Scaleups – Series 2

logoFollowing our second very successful Great British Scaleup event last week (see Here come the Great British ScaleUps – Day 1 and Day 2), we will be publishing short profiles on UKHotViews of the eight fast-growing UK tech SMEs selected to participate.

They are:

  • Adaptavist
  • Altius
  • Becrypt
  • Cloudhouse Technologies
  • Cortex
  • Keytree
  • My Firms App
  • Shield Safety

We start the series today with a profile of Altius and we will introduce the other companies to you over the next couple of weeks.

The TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme is proudly sponsored by ScaleUp Group and Cogeco Peer1.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '06:01' - Tagged: gbs  

Wednesday 08 November 2017

Here come the Great British Scaleups – Day 2

Great British ScaleUp Programme LogoWe are delighted to announce the four fast-growing UK tech SMEs companies participating on Day 2 of our second Great British Scaleup Event today in London.

They are:

  • Adaptavist
  • Becrypt
  • Cortex
  • Keytree

The CEOs of these companies will each be joining a team of TechMarketView research directors and ScaleUp Group advisors in an intensive 90-minute workshop to assess their company’s scale-up potential using the ScaleUp Index®.

The ScaleUp Index® is a proprietary scorecard which identifies areas of the business that might be an inhibitor to achieving management’s growth objectives. It gives an independent insight of the company’s scale-up potential relative to its peer group, and helps management feel better prepared to undertake the next stage of the scale-up journey and track progress.

We announced the four candidates participating on Day 1 in yesterday’s UKHotViews, and we will be telling you more about all 8 companies in future posts.

The TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme is proudly sponsored by

ScaleUp Group Logo  Cogeco Peer1 Logo

Posted by HotViews Editor at '06:00'

Tuesday 07 November 2017

Here come the Great British ScaleUps – Day 1

Great British ScaleUp Programme LogoWe are delighted to announce the four fast-growing UK tech SMEs companies participating on Day 1 of our second Great British Scaleup Event today in London.

They are:

  • Altius Consulting
  • Cloudhouse Technologies
  • My Firms App
  • Shield Safety

The CEOs of these companies will each be joining a team of TechMarketView research directors and ScaleUp Group advisors in an intensive 90-minute workshop to assess their company’s scale-up potential using the ScaleUp Index®.

The ScaleUp Index® is a proprietary scorecard which identifies areas of the business that might be an inhibitor to achieving management’s growth objectives. It gives an independent insight of the company’s scale-up potential relative to its peer group, and helps management feel better prepared to undertake the next stage of the scale-up journey and track progress.

We will announce the four candidates participating in day 2 in tomorrow’s UKHotViews, and we will be telling you more about all 8 companies in future posts.

The TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme is proudly sponsored by

ScaleUp Group Logo  Cogeco Peer1 Logo

Posted by HotViews Editor at '06:00' - Tagged: gbs   scaleup  

Monday 06 November 2017

**NEW RESEARCH** The State of Global Fintech – a view from Money2020

money2020The Money2020 event in Las Vegas, now in its 6th year, is the biggest and most important Fintech event in the world. More than ever before, this year’s event gave important clues about the way that the space is going to evolve. In previous years, the US tech giants – Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon – have been hovering on the fringes of the financial services market, and similarly peripheral at the event. This year however they were high profile, with their A-teams on stage setting out their well thought through plans. Whilst the US is in most cases their initial focus, there is little doubt that the UK will be one of the first overseas markets they target.

A lot is happening across the Fintech world and the pace of change is accelerating. With UK financial services companies distracted by Open Banking, PSD2 and Brexit uncertainties, the risk is that the significance of what is happening in the US is going unnoticed.

fintechOur latest FintechViews report focuses on the very real changes in strategy and competitive positioning of the internet giants, established banks and fintech newcomers as revealed at Money2020 in late October. These changes will also generate significant opportunities for Software and IT Services suppliers.

The State of Global Fintech – a view from Money 2020” is available to subscribers of FinancialServicesViews via this link.

Please Note: To help observers of the Fintech scene and suppliers to the UK financial services sector understand the implications of these developments for the payments sector, we have recently published a Comprehensive Analysis of the UK Payments Sector. This is available to FinancialServicesViews subscribers, here. It can also be purchased as a stand-alone report. If you are interested in buying this report, please follow this link.  

Posted by Peter Roe at '08:29' - Tagged: payments   banking   AI  

Thursday 02 November 2017

Inspiring Women in IT Excellence

As avid UKHotViews readers will know, TechMarketView was delighted to be shortlisted for Diversity Employer of the Year at Computing’s Women in IT Excellence Awards, which took place last night. Whilst we didn’t win, we had a super evening and were humbled to be amongst such great company and to hear so many inspiring stories. Very many congratulations to Ocado Technology who won the Diversity Employer award and to all the other winners and finalists from across the IT sector.

WinnersWe were particularly pleased to see so many of our clients picking up awards too, including:

·      Capgemini UK for Diversity Project of the Year for their Active Inclusion Program

·      Beverley Heath from MooD International for Hero of the Year (SME)

·      Melba Foggo from Sopra Steria as IT Leader of the Year

·      Kirsty Bright from Vodafone Group Services for Outstanding Transformation (Enterprise)

·      Vidhyalakshmi Karthikeyan from BT for the Rising Star Award (Enterprise)

·      Gemma Crothers from Kainos Software as Woman of the Year (SME).

Computing will be publishing the full list of winners in due course – there are too many to name here - but heartfelt congratulations to you all!

Posted by Tola Sargeant at '09:41'

Thursday 02 November 2017

*NEW RESEARCH* Infrastructure Services Market Trends & Forecasts (2017-2020)

TechMarketView is delighted to announce that our updated Market Trends & Forecasts research for Infrastructure Services is live and ready for download. mtf

The report - Infrastructure Services Market Trends and Forecasts: 2017-2020 - helps to explain the key trends in the very large and complex UK Infrastructure Services market and provides detailed forecast information to the end of 2020, highlighting areas of opportunity for suppliers.

TechMarketView’s research theme for 2017 is Unlocking the Intelligence. In Infrastructure Services, this refers to the creation of the systems and services that underpin and enable the digitisation of the enterprise. While technologies such as analytics and machine learning are key to turning data into intelligence, it is the infrastructure systems that play the critical role of storing, processing, and protecting the highly valuable data that flows through increasingly intelligent applications.

If you are a supplier looking to understand market evolution, or seeking a third party expert point of view to compare with your own perspectives, this is the report for you.

If you would like to access the report (which is authored by Chief Research Officer, Kate Hanaghan) and are not currently a subscriber of our Infrastructure Services research, please contact Deb Seth.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '09:23' - Tagged: cloud   research   infrastructureservices   as-a-service   research   research   research   research  

Wednesday 01 November 2017

NPS 'walks' into 2018 after transformative year

NPS logoAs expected, Northgate Public Services’ recently published FY17 results (for the year to end April 2017) reveal a business in transition as the new management team, with the support of private equity backers Cinven, focused the business on IP-led software and services in four key areas, Government, Housing, Safety and Healthcare. 

TMV NPS

In the process, NPS exited some unattractive services contracts and began winding down the Front Office and Social Care operations. Overall, the result is lower revenue but an improving EBITDA position – according to Steve Callaghan, CEO, NPS entered FY18 with the ‘correct’ cost base and they are ‘happy’ with the current state.

In September 2017, Steve celebrated his first anniversary at NPS - and what a year it’s been. We caught up with both him and CFO Alan O’Reilly shortly afterwards to take stock on FY17 (the ‘crawl’ phase of Steve’s plan for the business – see Transforming Northgate Public Services) and look forward to FY18 (the ‘walk’ phase) and beyond.

PublicSectorViews subscribers can read the full story in our new research note, Northgate Public Services ‘walks’ into 2018, published yesterday.

If you don’t yet subscribe to PublicSectorViews and you’d like details of our subscription packages please contact our Client Services team for more information.

Posted by Tola Sargeant at '09:25' - Tagged: public+sector   centralgovernment   localgovernment   software   police   healthcare   police   police   police   police  

Wednesday 01 November 2017

**NEW RESEARCH** The UK Payments market – a comprehensive analysis

reportThe UK payment sector has always been a major customer for software and IT services suppliers, and the continuing rapid migration of cash to electronic payments means the growth fundamentals are strong. However, what makes this a key time for tech businesses to be looking at the sector are the unprecedented levels of innovation, experimentation and transformation driven by the digital revolution as the regulatory agenda opens up the market to new participants like never before.

When you couple this with the evolution of the cloud-based API economy, making it easier to build, consume and distribute new services, it becomes clear why this is such a “hot” sector”.

The UK has a successful track record of payments innovation leading to mass market adoption and as faster payments, contactless and mobile systems transform the UK sector, the rest of the world is watching closely.

The report, written by our Payments and Fintech expert Richard Johnson, explains and analyses the sub-sectors of UK payments, explains the key trends and big issues facing the sector today, highlighting the resulting opportunities for Software and IT Services suppliers.

Payments businesses need to work out how they defend and extend their role in the rapidly evolving future of payments, and the supplier community now has the opportunity to help them define and deliver that journey.

The report, accessible to FinancialServicesViews subscribers, is available to download here. If you are not yet a subscriber and are interested in getting hold of this report, please click here.

Richard Johnson and Peter Roe, FinancialServicesViews Research Director, are also available to present the findings of the report in our special “Payments Interactive” sessions. If you are interested in quizzing the team about the payments market and qualifying your potential strategies, please click here.

Posted by Peter Roe at '08:25' - Tagged: ecommerce   mobile   payments   legacy   banking   regulation