For regional UK service providers it’s a challenging but exciting time. More and more businesses are adopting a ‘Cloud First’ IT strategy which means increased demand, but equally more global players are entering regional markets and new competitors are starting to appear from places previously unseen.
Fujitsu commissioned independent technology research specialists Vanson Bourne to look at exactly how senior IT decision makers plan to integrate regional service providers into their IT strategies and what they expect from partners today and in the future. The research also explores their infrastructure, application and digital requirements today and how they will evolve over the next five years, as well as opportunities for differentiation against global players.
The proportion of IT estates managed by a service provider are set to double over the next five years – and the service providers who will benefit from this growth are the ones who can help their customers with this challenge, by moving themselves from not just service providers, but instead to service integrators. These organisations will be able to call on and leverage an ecosystem of micro‑alliances to integrate both their own services and third parties together, delivering differentiated and individual customer business outcomes and becoming integral to their customers’ digital transformation journey.
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74% of respondents would be willing to consume a hyper-scale service from a service provider’s private data centre (e.g. Microsoft Azure Stack), the service provider who can provide both hyper-scale and their own (and integrate in the background) is in a very advantageous position to give their customer the best of both.
85% of respondents would value being able to instantly provision services via an app-store, and 73% would value their business users to be able to do this as well. A service provider who could provide this level of self-service may well be able to combat the 37% of respondents who perceive hyper-scale offerings as easier to use.
81% of respondents indicated that speed of deployment of services (including private cloud) is a critical factor in choosing service provider partners. Service providers who are able to work closely with vendor partners (especially on infrastructure) to build innovative sourcing and commercial agreements will be well positioned to offer this speed to their customers.
79% of respondents would be more likely to choose a service provider who is vendor accredited to service and maintain the underlying infrastructure platform. A service provider able to hold spare parts and service on a vendor’s behalf could use this to offer an increased SLA and peace of mind to their customers to compete against the ‘safe bet’ of the hyper‑scale providers.
59% of respondents agreed that when buying a cloud service hypervisor, choice isn’t important to them. This indicates that service providers need not necessarily invest substantially in working with one of the biggest names for their cloud service; provided they can present a solution that works effectively, they could look to leverage alternatives such as OpenStack or Nutanix.
Fujitsu’s Service Provider Programme aims to help our partners grow by sharing expertise, and sharing risk. We mitigate risk by providing our partners commercial choice, we call it cloud sourcing. It enables you to fully scale your onsite infrastructure in line with your cash flow, helping you deal with rapid growth as well as scaling down when you need to. You also get choice with every service, deciding what you deliver yourself and where you utilise our partner-ready service offerings or another Fujitsu ecosystem partner.
Becoming a service integrator requires knowledge, and our partners have access to our global expertise and innovation and worldwide ecosystem. We leverage our combined knowledge to co-create better solutions, together.
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