IT Services Outsourcing Market Intelligence


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Are you looking for answers on IT Services Outsourcing category?

Are you looking for answers on IT Services Outsourcing category?

  • What are the key trends in IT Services Outsourcing category?
  • Am I paying the right price?
  • Am I working with the right supplier?
  • What are the major challenges and risks in IT Services Outsourcing industry?
  • How is IT Services Outsourcing industry performing?

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Report Coverage

  • Market Trends
  • Technology & Innovation Trends
  • Global Supplier List and Capabilities
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Market Size

Global Market Size

$405 Bn


6 Percent

Market Size North America

$165 Bn

Market Size Europe

$105 Bn

Table of contents

  1. IT Services Outsourcing Executive Summary
  2. IT Services Outsourcing - Overview
  3. Global IT Services Outsourcing Outlook
  4. Supply Market Outlook
  5. Brexit - Impact on IT Services Outsourcing
  6. BREXIT Impact Update
  1. IT Services Outsourcing Procurement Best Practices
  2. Sourcing Models for IT Services Outsourcing
  3. Sourcing Models - Comparative Analysis
  1. IT Services Outsourcing Market Analysis
  2. Global IT Services Outsourcing Market Maturity and Trends
  3. Global IT Services Outsourcing Drivers and Constraints
  4. Regional Market Outlook
  5. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
  1. IT Services Outsourcing SLA and KPI
  2. KPI and SLA Components
  3. Best Practices for IT Outsourcing
  1. IT Services Outsourcing Supply Analysis
  2. Supply Market Outlook
  3. Key Global SuppliersProfiling and SWOT
  4. Accenture
  5. Cognizant
  6. IBM
  7. HP Enterprise
  8. Tata Consultancy Services
  9. Infosys
  1. IT Services Outsourcing Cost and Pricing Analysis
  2. Pricing Models
  3. Pricing Models Comparison
  4. Cost Model in IT Services Outsourcing
  1. Technology Developments
  2. Robotic Process Automation
  3. Artificial Intelligence
  4. Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning
  5. Service Integration and Management
  1. End -User Industry Update
  2. Financial Services

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Global IT Services Outsourcing Market Outlook

  • The global IT services outsourcing market was valued at $405 billion in 2017. The market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 6 percent to $531 billion between 2022
  • Regions, such as Western Europe, North America, and some parts of APAC, such as China, India, Australia, Singapore, have high market maturity, and parts of Latin America are expected to be the future growth-driving markets for IT services outsourcing


IT Services Outsourcing Best Practices

The SLA structure for application development service consists of three main parts

  • Contract Definition: This specifies the terms and termination of the contract, dispute resolution terms and proprietary rights of the technology involved in the service
  • Performance Measurement: This specifies the application specifications, functionalities of the tool to be developed, in terms of KPIs and warranty provisions
  • Work Payment: This explains the phased payments during the development cycle and the respective payment options

Global IT Services Outsourcing Market Maturity

  • The IT outsourcing industry is currently in an evolution phase, and this will continue to be driven by changes in demand (technology, cost effectiveness etc.) thereby, shifting from the existing markets, i.e. Western Europe, North America, APAC etc. –to the least penetrated markets such as LATAM and MEA
  • In 2017, 700+ ITO contracts worth more than $130 billion and 150+ BPO contracts worth $25 billion were signed across the world

Global IT Services Outsourcing: Drivers and Constraints


Emerging technologies/outsourcing needs

  • The global IT outsourcing market is driven by end-user computing services and technologies such as process automation and virtualization. These factors, along with an increase in security service outsourcing and cloud adoption, will continue to drive the market over the next 3–5 years

Increase in adoption

  • Outsourcing market research shows high adoption in IT outsourcing by industry verticals – BFSI, manufacturing, communication, etc. The prime factors that are driving this adoption are process optimization, cost saving, risk reduction

Delivery centers in offshore locations

  • Companies, such as IBM and Capgemini, are setting up delivery centers at low- cost offshore locations, like Philippines, China, Brazil, Poland, Mexico etc. The Indian vendors, such as TCS, HCL, etc., no longer possess this offshore advantage

Increasing competition in the market

  • Currently, the IT outsourcing services are dominated by Top 8-10 Tier 1 players. However, there has been an increase in competition from Tier 2/3 players in the market owing to demand from mid-size enterprises


Breach of intellectual property

  • Protecting IP is one of the major challenges confronting the global IT outsourcing services market. Outsourcing business-critical tasks to other countries’ raises IP concerns, given several risks associated with theft, misuse of trade secrets, or loss of IP rights
  • Service providers are limited to work on the products of their customers and they don’t possess any ownership. Any innovation that emerges out as a result of the work carried out belongs to the provider. Therefore, the enterprises that outsource their services always have concerns for IP loss as the providers serve multiple customers, including their competitors

Volatile labor market

The market is encountering challenges, due to volatility in the labor market. This is being shaped by:

  • The continuous movement of low-cost labor offshore
  • A shortage of high-value skills around digital technologies

Market Analysis - IT Services Outsourcing

Shift toward third-party vendors

  • Traditionally, ERP players, such as SAP and Oracle, derived a large chunk of revenue from maintenance fees. This has forced the buyers to engage with third-party vendors such as Rimini Street and Spinnaker to maintain and support the ERP system to optimize costs
  • Buyer preference to engage with third-party system integrators for infrastructure management instead of OEMs, like IBM and HP, is expected to continue, as third-party suppliers offer a quality of service similar to that provided by OEMs at lower cost
  • Increasing cloud adoption: Increase in SaaS adoption is expected to lower the demand for application maintenance outsourcing. This has forced many suppliers to invest in cloud-based offerings to stay competitive in the market
  • In the IT application outsourcing vertical, suppliers are experimenting with new models, including risk-shared partnerships
  •  IT outsourcing buyers are increasingly looking for more vertical expertise from their suppliers

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