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Diverse provider ecosystem helps U.K. companies adopt Microsoft technologies to overcome new challenges, ISG Provider Lens™ report says
Enterprises in the U.K. are turning to the Microsoft ecosystem to help digitize their businesses and overcome hurdles introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new research report published today by Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm.
The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Microsoft Ecosystem Partners report for the U.K. finds organizations are moving to cloud-based platforms to handle increasingly complex supply chains, improve employee experience and create better online customer support channels. Microsoft cloud platforms are also facilitating new efforts at decarbonization and sustainability.
A diverse, growing ecosystem of Microsoft service providers in the U.K. is helping many companies adopt Microsoft’s Azure, Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365 clouds, ISG says.
“Microsoft technologies can address many challenges that British companies face, but implementing them is not always as simple as it first appears,” said Anthony Drake, ISG director in the U.K. “Service providers are doing a lot of that work.”
New cloud adopters usually lack the skills to migrate to or manage Azure deployments, the report says. They may also be unprepared for the costs of cloud deployments, including license and transaction fees and charges for data ingress and egress. Getting the right amount of cloud capacity can also be difficult.
U.K. enterprises can choose from a wide range of Microsoft ecosystem partners for cloud migration and digital transformation, including large, full-service providers and smaller players specializing in one or two platforms, the report says. A growing number of providers, and Microsoft itself, are targeting specific industries with solutions engineered for their needs.
“A Microsoft implementation may involve many different technologies,” said Jan Erik Aase, partner and global leader, ISG Provider Lens Research. “There are providers in the U.K. that can tie these together in a solution form-fitted to a particular industry.”
The report describes the kinds of services available from Microsoft managed service providers. It also examines the rise of Microsoft 365 for newly remote workforces, the challenges of SAP on Azure migration and the growth of low-code development initiatives using Microsoft Power Platform.
The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Microsoft Ecosystem Partners report for the U.K. evaluates the capabilities of 41 providers across five quadrants: Managed Services for Azure, Microsoft 365 Services, SAP on Azure Services, Dynamics 365 Services and Power Platform Services.
The report names Accenture, Cognizant, DXC Technology, TCS and Wipro as Leaders in all five quadrants. It names Fujitsu, HCL and IBM as Leaders in four quadrants each and Atos as a Leader in three quadrants. Hexaware and Infosys are named as Leaders in two quadrants each, and EY is named as a Leader in one quadrant.
In addition, Content+Cloud, Fujitsu, Rackspace Technology and Sonata Software are named as Rising Stars — companies with a “promising portfolio” and “high future potential” by ISG’s definition — in one quadrant each.
A customized version of the report is available from Fujitsu.
The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Microsoft Ecosystem Partners report for the U.K. is available to subscribers or for one-time purchase on this webpage.
About ISG Provider Lens™ Research
The ISG Provider Lens™ Quadrant research series is the only service provider evaluation of its kind to combine empirical, data-driven research and market analysis with the real-world experience and observations of ISG’s global advisory team. Enterprises will find a wealth of detailed data and market analysis to help guide their selection of appropriate sourcing partners, while ISG advisors use the reports to validate their own market knowledge and make recommendations to ISG’s enterprise clients. The research currently covers providers offering their services globally, across Europe, as well as in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, the U.K., France, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, the Nordics, Australia and Singapore/Malaysia, with additional markets to be added in the future. For more information about ISG Provider Lens research, please visit this webpage.
A companion research series, the ISG Provider Lens Archetype reports, offer a first-of-its-kind evaluation of providers from the perspective of specific buyer types.
ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 800 clients, including more than 75 of the world’s top 100 enterprises, ISG is committed to helping corporations, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; strategy and operations design; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006, and based in Stamford, Conn., ISG employs more than 1,300 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries—a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities based on the industry’s most comprehensive marketplace data. For more information, visit www.isg-one.com.
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Source: Information Services Group, Inc.