Professional Services Opportunities on the 3rd Platform
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Professional Services Opportunities on the 3rd Platform provides analysis of customer demand and vendor offerings for consulting and professional services beyond cloud to include its intersection with analytics, enterprise mobility and social technology strategies. All four enabling technologies, which IDC refers to as the Four Pillars, are at the core of the 3rd Platform, and this service addresses professional services research about the overlap, or intersection, of these Four Pillars, which in turn enable digital transformation. This program also explores the opportunities related to the Internet of Things (and machine-to-machine communication) on the 3rd Platform, including analysis of industrial organizations that are not traditional IT services players.

Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • Professional service offerings for business and IT cloud services, business analytics, enterprise mobility, and social technologies
  • Taxonomy to define what constitute 3rd Platform professional services (including Internet of Things and machine-to-machine)
  • Competitive profiles of service firms offering 3rd Platform professional services
  • Case studies of major 3rd Platform services initiatives to examine ROI and organizational, cultural, and people challenges
  • End-user surveys describing adoption trends, spending intentions, and market drivers and inhibitors related to implementing any combination of the Four Pillars of the 3rd Platform

Core Research

  • Worldwide and U.S. Third Platform Professional Services Forecast and Analysis
  • Worldwide 3rd Platform Professional Services Vendor Competitive Analysis
  • Adoption Patterns for 3rd Platform Professional Services and Spending Intentions for Consulting and Professional Services
  • Case Studies and Vendor Profiles of 3rd Platform Implementation Initiatives

In addition to the insight provided in this service, IDC may conduct research on specific topics or emerging market segments via research offerings that require additional IDC funding and client investment.

Key Questions Answered

  1. What are the emerging market trends with respect to professional service offerings for the 3rd Platform?
  2. What strategies are service firms adopting, and how are they adjusting their portfolios to respond to new market needs?
  3. Which service firms can best leverage the increasing market demand for 3rd Platform services?
  4. How do organizations drive digital transformation using elements of the Four Pillars?
  5. How can organizations evaluate which professional services providers to consider when implementing the 3rd Platform?

Professional Services Are an Enabler of the 3rd Platform

Source: IDC

Companies Analyzed

IDC's Professional Services Opportunities on the 3rd Platform research examines how providers are positioning themselves to compete in the market and reviews the strategies, market positioning, and future direction of several providers, including:

Accenture, ACS, Amazon Web Services, Appirio, Astadia, AT&T, Atos, Avanade, BlueWolf, BT, Capgemini, CA Technologies, CenturyLink, CGI Group, Cisco, Citrix, Cloud Sherpas, cloudTP, Cognizant, CSC, Dell, Deloitte, Dimension Data, EMC, Fujitsu, GE, Google, HCL, Hitachi Consulting, Honeywell, HP, IBM Global Services, Infosys, Intel, Huawei, Juniper Networks, Keane, KPN, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, MomentumSI, NEC, Northrop Grumman, Novell, NTT Data, Oracle Consulting, PwC, Red Hat,, Samsung, SAP, Symantec, Tata Consultancy Services, Tech Mahindra, Telefonica, T-Systems, Unisys, Verizon, VMware, Vodafone, Wipro, and Workday.

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