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Convergys Corporation was a corporation based in Cincinnati, Ohio, that sold customer management and information management products, primarily to large corporations. Customer management products included agent assisted, self-service and care software tailored to the communications, financial services, technology, retail, healthcare and government markets. Information management provided convergent billing and business support system (BSS) products and services including revenue management, product and order management, and customer care management to telecom, utilities, and cable/satellite/broadband service providers. They had approximately 130,000 employees across 33 countries.

Convergys Corporation
Public
Traded asNYSE: CVG
IndustryCustomer Management
Information Management
Outsourcing
Consulting
Professional Services
FateAcquired by SYNNEX Corporation
SuccessorConcentrix
Founded1998 (1998)
DefunctOctober 5, 2018 (2018-10-05)
Headquarters,
Number of locations
150[1]
Key people
ProductsInfinys Rating and Billing (IRB), Dynamic Decisioning Solution (DDS), ICOMS, Customer Management, Solutions etc.
RevenueIncrease $ 2.951 billion [1] (2015)
Increase $ 194.4 million[1] (2015)
Increase $ 169 million[1] (2015)
Total assetsDecrease $ 2.358 billion[1] (2015)
Total equityIncrease $ 1.276 billion[1] (2015)
Number of employees
130,001[1] (2015)
Websitewww.convergys.com

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HistoryEdit

 
One of the Convergys offices in Gurgaon, India

The company grew from Cincinnati Bell Information Systems and MATRIXX, both subsidiaries of Cincinnati Bell, and AT&T Solutions Customer Care (formerly AT&T American Transtech), which was sold to Cincinnati Bell in 1998;[2] an IPO in August 1998 made it a fully independent company.[3] Since then, Convergys' headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, has acquired numerous companies.

On July 1, 2002, Convergys announced[4] the purchase of the iBasis Speech Solutions line of business (formerly Price Interactive) from iBasis Inc. for $17 million in order to enhance its Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and Advanced Speech Recognition (ASR) solutions.

In 2004, Convergys bought DigitalThink for $120 million.[5] DigitalThink helped Convergys expand its human resources outsourcing business.

Convergys acquired Intervoice, a Dallas-based telecommunications company, in 2008 for $335 million.[6]

Convergys sold its Human Resources Management line of business to NorthgateArinso in March 2010.[7]

On March 22, 2012, Japanese technology firm NEC announced it would buy the Information Management Business of Convergys for approximately $449 million.[8] In 2012, Convergys Philippines, 8 years after its entry into the country established 18 centers with 26,000 employees in all, was named “BPO Employer of the Year” at the annual International ICT Awards.[9]

On April 3, 2013, Convergys completed the acquisition of New Zealand-based Datacom call center operations in Kuala Lumpur and Manila for $20 million.[10]

On January 6, 2014, Convergys and Stream Global Services announced entry into a definitive merger. Under the agreement, Convergys would acquire Stream for a total enterprise value of $820 million in cash.[11] On March 3, 2014, Convergys completed the acquisition of Stream creating the 2nd largest BPO provider in the outsourcing industry. The merger brought their total employees to approximately 125,000 with 150 centers in 31 countries supporting 47 languages.[12]

Synnex acquisitionEdit

On June 28, 2018, Convergys and Synnex announced they have reached a definitive agreement in which would acquire Convergys for $2.43 billion in combined stock and cash, and integrate it with Concentrix.

On October 5, 2018, Convergys Corporation and Synnex announced that they have completed the merger.[13]


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "2015 Annual Report" (PDF). Convergys. Feb 23, 2016. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  2. ^ Fontenay, Blake (Apr 28, 1998). "CBIS, Matrixx Team to Form New Company". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "IPO Daily Report: CitySearch to merge with Ticketmaster Online". MarketWatch. Aug 13, 1998. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "Convergys Buys Speech Recognition Division of iBasis". www.speechtechmag.com. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  5. ^ "Cincinnati company will buy DigitalThink for $120M". San Francisco Business Times. Mar 25, 2004. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "Convergys to Acquire Intervoice for $335 Million". The New York Times. Jul 17, 2008. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  7. ^ Hausmann, Daniel (Mar 5, 2010). "KKR-Backed Deal Offers Alternative to Scranton-Style HR". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  8. ^ Alabaster, Jay (Mar 22, 2012). "NEC to Acquire Convergys Data Management Business for US$449 Million". CIO. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  9. ^ "Convergys named BPO 'employer of the year'". ABS-CBN News. Apr 20, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  10. ^ Talevski, Julia (Apr 4, 2013). "Datacom sells Asia BPO assets for $20 million". ARN. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  11. ^ Chatterjee, Soham (Jan 6, 2014). Samuel, Maju (ed.). "Customer services provider Convergys to buy Stream Global". Reuters. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  12. ^ Ammachchi, Narayan (Mar 4, 2014). "Convergys Completes Acquisition of Stream". Nearshore Americas. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "SYNNEX Corporation Completes Transaction with Convergys Corporation". convergys.com. Retrieved October 5, 2018.

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