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The constant flux in today's business environment is a key challenge faced by businesses as they struggle to get high-quality software products to market quickly and efficiently. Traditional application development practices are giving way to agile or hybrid methodologies that have long been used by technology companies and software vendors as an efficient and effective means of rapidly building, testing, and deploying software.


  • The distributed agile delivery mechanism of the offshore vendors is very mature, with all the vendors evaluated showcasing a strong set of capabilities and continued investments in growing competencies in this space.
  • Cognizant, Infosys, and TCS emerged as the leaders in this ODM with the highest overall scores. However, no single vendor emerged as the clear leader across all the dimensions being assessed.
  • The leaders are separated from the followers and challengers on the basis of marginal differences across some of the criteria evaluated, such as a robust consulting organization, or highly synchronized consulting-delivery, or a greater aptitude for putting skin in the game through the use of gain-share pricing models.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates nine leading India-based outsourcers that are active across multiple markets and verticals and who have substantial application development and maintenance (ADM) businesses.
  • Discusses how most vendors are using agile or agile-derived methodologies and geographically dispersed teams that leverage modern communication technologies such as video conferencing, social, cloud, and mobile to narrow the geographical and cultural barriers – what we term distributed agile.

Key questions answered

  • What are the major facets that my enterprise should use to evaluate the different distributed agile delivery models that vendors promote?
  • What are the key value propositions of agile that should be considered most important when deciding a distributed agile delivery model?
  • What kind of consulting and organizational change management (OCM) capabilities, such as assessment of client's agile-readiness, change management workshops, agile roadmap design, and training, should the vendor possess to support large-scale agile transformation exercises?
  • What are the different commercial models that are available in the market?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key findings

Vendor selection

  • Inclusion criteria
  • Exclusion criteria
  • Methodology
  • Ovum ratings

Market and service analysis

  • Ovum Decision Matrix: Distributed Agile Delivery Models, 2016–17
  • Market leaders: Distributed agile delivery models
  • Market challengers: Distributed agile delivery models
  • Market followers: Distributed agile delivery models

Market leaders

  • Market leaders: Capability matrix
  • Market leaders: Strategy execution
  • Market leaders: Market impact

Vendor analysis

  • Cognizant Technology Solutions (Ovum recommendation: Leader)
  • Infosys (Ovum recommendation: Leader)
  • L&T Infotech (Ovum recommendation: Follower)
  • NIIT Technologies (Ovum recommendation: Challenger)
  • Persistent Systems (Ovum recommendation: Challenger)
  • TCS (Ovum recommendation: Leader)
  • Torry Harris Business Solutions (Ovum recommendation: Challenger)
  • Virtusa (Ovum recommendation: Challenger)
  • Wipro (Ovum recommendation: Challenger)


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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