New IDC MarketScape Provides a Vendor Assessment of the Testing Services Market, Illustrating Close Competition and Shifts Toward More Innovative Delivery Models

FRAMINGHAM, MA – July 21, 2010 – International Data Corporation (IDC) has released a new MarketScape report ranking and profiling global and regional integrated service providers who participate in the global testing services market for enterprise application testing and product engineering testing services. IDC MarketScape vendor analysis reports utilize a rigorous scoring methodology that produces a definitive assessment of each vendor’s current market capabilities and strategies for competing in the future.

IDC MarketScape: Global Testing Services 2010 Vendor Analysis (IDC #223954) shows that overall, providers performed well, showing significant investment in internal IP that drives higher efficiencies and lower QA cost through automation, standardization, and more transparent measurement of test coverage, defect density, and resource productivity.

The IDC global discrete and embedded enterprise application testing services vendor assessment provides perspective on vendor size and how vendors performed in discrete testing services and testing embedded within broader application service engagements, sometimes referred to as application development and management and system integration. Providers positioned as Leaders in the discrete and embedded enterprise application testing market include Accenture, Cognizant, IBM, and Wipro. Capgemini-Sogeti, HP, and Infosys are Major Players pushing to become emerging leaders.

The IDC global discrete and embedded product engineering testing services market assessment finds Wipro, HCL Technologies, IBM, and Accenture in the Leaders segment. Each has comprehensive portfolios of product development and testing services, with Wipro standing out for its discrete product engineering testing practice. Tata Consultancy Services is positioned as a Major Player striving to become an emerging leader, highlighted by the solid foundation of testing services it offers in the telecom, automotive, and aerospace industries, among other sectors.

As part of this IDC MarketScape, 25 large customer references, spread across eight verticals and three macroregions (Americas, EMEA, Asia/Pacific), were interviewed on their use of these third-party testing services (discrete or embedded), challenges faced, their perspectives on benefits they are realizing, and the recommendations they offer to peers who may be looking to procure similar services.

"There is close competition among the MarketScape participants in terms of breadth and depth of testing services offerings, from horizontal framework assets to range of vertically driven test solutions. Yet vendors continue to pursue ways to differentiate themselves in value proposition, evolving their vertical IP and continuing to invest aggressively in innovative strategies to enhance and optimize testing service delivery capabilities," says Rona Shuchat, director of Application Outsourcing Services.

About IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

For more information about IDC MarketScape, please contact Karen Moser at kmoser@idc.com.

About IDC

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