This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of the Microsoft enterprise applications implementation ecosystem through the IDC MarketScape model. This assessment discusses both quantitative and qualitative characteristics that explain success in the ecosystem. This IDC MarketScape covers a variety of vendors participating in the Microsoft enterprise applications implementation services space. The evaluation is based on a comprehensive and rigorous framework that assesses vendors relative to the criteria and one another and highlights the factors expected to be the most influential for success in the market during both the short term and the long term.
"This is IDC's first ever evaluation of the Microsoft enterprise applications implementation services ecosystem, and it will help IT buyers evaluate which service providers to consider," says Ali Zaidi, research manager, IT Consulting and Systems Integration Business Strategies at IDC. "Interestingly, vendors' R&D and innovation skills showed the greatest rating differentiation during our evaluation," added Gard Little, research director, IT Consulting and Systems Integration Business Strategies at IDC. "Increasingly, innovation matters to more buyers, so vendor resources colocated with Microsoft's research labs and vendor innovation teams that leverage Microsoft IP are some of the key attributes we evaluated."