Capgemini Joins Forces with Blueprint to Offer Advanced Requirements Management Capabilities for Financial Services

What’s The Combo Up To? Blueprint, an innovator and global leader in accelerating and de-risking large, complex IT projects, and Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, today announced a resale agreement increasing the ability for strategic customer growth worldwide.

How Will Capgemini and Blueprint Work Together? Capgemini will continue to leverage Blueprint’s wide array of requirements management capabilities both for its internal product development and for its customer implementations. Blueprint’s leading-edge, enterprise solution allows Capgemini to accelerate delivery of its industry leading solutions and reduce total cost of ownership for its customers. Blueprint’s software assists in aligning business strategy with IT execution, ensuring regulatory compliance, and supporting organizational transformation.

A Note From the Executives: Martin Saipe, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Blueprint said, “Blueprint’s growing alliance with Capgemini represents a significant milestone in Blueprint’s channel strategy. Capgemini is a key part of our growth plan through the system integration channel. We are excited about this new resale capability and are expecting significant activity in the near-term.” 

Anand Moorthy, Vice President, Global Testing Practice, Financial Services, Capgemini stated, “Our collaboration with Blueprint provides very robust requirements and documentation tools for customer implementations and internal product development,” said . We can accelerate the requirements process for many of our customers because of pre-built, accelerator models that are refined over time, incorporating best practices which we then deploy in selected projects. Rather than creating new custom requirements for each project from scratch, we are able to be more prescriptive in our delivery helping our customers manage costs and lock-in quality.”

MY POV: This combination will help Capgemini’s clients accelerate the requirements process  because of pre-built, accelerator models that are refined over time, incorporating best practices which we then deploy in selected projects. As a former systems integrator and management consultant, I can say this is a very distinct advantage.

@DrNatalie Petouhoff, VP and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research

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Innovations in Performance Management: Verint’s Workforce Optimization

Why is this announcement so important? Verint® Systems Inc.  announced substantial enhancements to its Verint Workforce Optimization software designed to help contact center, back-office and branch operations better manage the performance of employees and operations.Armed with a brand new user experience and analytics, this latest release includes innovations in performance management to help organizations gain even greater insight into how employees are performing, how well goals are being met and how to better engage and take action on these insights.

This technology release comes at a time when market adoption for performance management software is projected to rise, according to research conducted by Saddletree Research. In a recent survey 22 percent of respondents identified performance management as the “most likely” solutions to be replaced in 2016.  

Why Is It Important to Balance Cost, Quality and Customer Service? Managing performance and productivity in a typical enterprise is no easy task, given disparate systems, complex processes and the differences in performance metrics between roles and functions. Performance management is a practice and culture that applies to individuals, teams and departments. It requires organizational buy-in, transparency, regular measurement and a focus on business-oriented goals. To help companies master these dynamics, Verint Performance Management features a unified set of dashboards, scorecards, coaching, e-learning and gamification capabilities that enable a closed-loop cycle and advanced approach to performance management.

What Does This Latest Release Feature? This latest release features a new state-of-the-art user interface that supports advanced visualization, data exploration, and analysis of employee and company-wide performance, providing critical executive insights that support time-sensitive decision making and actions. The enhancements also enable managers to work more effectively with the addition of new flexible scorecard widgets and dashboards. Likewise, employees benefit from a more intuitive performance scorecard and greater visibility into their individual metrics and achievement of goals. 

What Does the Scorecard Include? The solution also features scorecard workspaces that offer performance summaries and overviews, heat mapping, performance comparisons and multiple views of key performance indicators (KPIs). Using these scorecard workspaces, users can visually and automatically identify answers to employee engagement questions, such as: Which employees are meeting and exceeding goals and which areas need improvement? Is the performance of employees consistent across time? Where is performance improving and declining? How do peer comparisons map and trend? And how does the performance of individual employees change over time?

How Can Companies Benefit from Advanced Analytics? In addition, a new improvement opportunities widget has been added to Verint Performance Management, enabling organizations to automatically surface KPIs that represent opportunity and improvement areas based on user-definable criteria and data analysis. With this capability, managers can quickly identify the employees and KPIs that need attention based on their scores or recent trends.

What Does Gamification Have To Do With Performance? Also embedded in this latest release is the ability to leverage Verint Gamification, a solution that applies game mechanics and behavioral science “game thinking” in a business setting. Using gamification, organizations can engage employees, motivate them to improve skills and knowledge and solve problems, as well as enable them to take action and immediate control over their performance. The latest version of Verint Performance Management became generally available in November 2015.

For more information about Verint Workforce Optimization solutions, click here.

@DrNatalie Petouhoff, VP and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research

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