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Short-term contracts give mid-cap IT cos new lease of life

With the duration of outsourcing deals getting shorter, deals worth nearly USD 85 billion are up for renegotiations this year, reports CNBC-TV18’s Shreya Roy.

Shreya Roy, Reporter, CNBC TV18

Midcap IT players may get a new lease of life. With the duration of outsourcing deals getting shorter, deals worth nearly USD 85 billion are up for renegotiations this year, reports CNBC-TV18’s Shreya Roy.

Over the last few years, uncertain times have forced IT companies to go in for more short-term contracts. For mid-cap IT companies, this may have been a blessing in disguise.

Data from outsourcing advisory firm TPI says that around 700 contracts will be up for renegotiations this fiscal year, compared to 530 last year.

“There is a significant reduction in the tenure of contracts as they were originally signed. Compared to 10 years ago, when 500 of these were being done, there are 1000 a year. The tenure has gone down to five years instead of seven, so a lot of deals are naturally coming back to the market as renewals. In itself, this is a very large opportunity,” said Siddharth Pai, partner and MD at TPI India.

For many IT players, this may be just what the doctor ordered. After all, renewals account for almost 65% of the outsourcing market. Advisory firm Everest estimates that by October 2013, deals worth nearly USD 85 billion will be up for renewal.

These include a contract between HP and Bank of America, a mega deal from Shell group which is currently with AT&T, HP, and T-Systems, a blue cross blue shield deal with Dell and Manu Life’s deal with IBM.

Many of these contracts are expected to be broken up into smaller chunks, as outsourcers are looking increasingly towards multi-sourcing. Analysts say this could work in the favour of the smaller players, especially those like Mindtree and Hexaware, which have been focusing on developing niche capabilities to help differentiate from larger players.

 

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