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The Brave New Landscape of the NZ IT Services Market

The Brave New Landscape of the New Zealand IT Services Market

AUCKLAND, December 4th, 2017 The New Zealand IT landscape is being reshaped with new realities. The position of the traditional juggernauts of the IT services market, Datacom and Spark, is challenged by cloud providers such as Microsoft, which are now emerging as incumbent service providers.

The inclusion of cloud vendors to the assembly of leading IT services providers reflects the changes in not only how firms structure their outsourcing agreements, but also in their approach to external engagement. IDC's New Zealand IT Services Ecosystem Study 2017 revealed that the general preference of the market is now a mix of internal/external sourcing with a multi-provider strategy.

"Largely, the desire to engage with multiple parties that includes a cloud provider is driven by the shift of New Zealand organisations towards an Information-as-an-Asset strategy. Through this approach the organisation's data becomes a tool for extracting value from Digital Transformation, allowing it to place the customer in the centre of business efforts," says Donnie Krassiyenko, IDC's Senior Market Analyst for New Zealand IT Services. "As the embedment of data-driven insights into the organisation's processes requires a platform, firms are challenged with factors of how, when and where to put their data from a hybrid/multi-cloud perspective. To achieve this, organisations seek help from cloud providers".

Despite the overall strong intention to continue external engagement for fulfillment of internal IT needs, outsourcing preference varies across service categories. For example:
• Desktop services have the highest level of in-house implementation with 47% of New Zealand organisations choosing to do it themselves. Conversely, datacentre services have the highest level of external use with 69% using either a mix of external/internal or external-only type of consumption.
• A reasonable rate of market churn associated with market fluidity and a lack of customer service is expected to occur during 2018-2019 period as a number organisations are looking to insource or change providers. This sentiment is expressed for networking services (20%), cloud implementation (19%), and security services (17%). Thus, insourcing remains to be the largest threat to an otherwise thriving service provider market.

The service provider market is also becoming highly fragmented outside of the large providers, which is an indication of the end-user's willingness to work with niche providers. Higher maturity of technology adoption has enabled organisations to become more aware of the provider capabilities as well as what service excellence should look like. As the result, when engaging with service providers, organisations buy based on such characteristics as industry-specific use-cases, strong ecosystem of partners, and professional services.

However, the most sought attribute is the provider's ability to deliver consistently against expectations; and if satisfaction with the aforementioned criteria is reasonably high, it is somewhat underwhelming with deliverability. For the market to reap the rewards in a more coherent manner, there is a need to close this gap.

The challenges do not end there. As more complex architectures naturally result in a greater exposure to cyberthreat, security is one of the key drivers for choosing a primary provider. “Security has the highest stated importance from an investment perspective,” Krassiyenko adds, “the task for organisations is to have a clear understanding that security is a business risk, not an IT issue. Firms that recognise the unattainability of absolute security work across both their own organisation and the wider supply chain in order to ensure representation of the most robust security posture. After all, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. To be ready for a security threat, it is as crucial to hold the right business conversation about risk as to have security policies and training programmes. The greatest danger lurks where it cannot be seen".



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About IDC
International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC's analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a subsidiary ofIDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. To learn more about IDC, please visit www.idc.com. Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC

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