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Aug 2014 - IDC MarketScape - Doc # 250238

IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Cloud Professional Services 2014 Vendor Analysis

Authors: Gard Little, Chad Huston

This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of the 2014 cloud professional services market through the IDC MarketScape model. This research is a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the characteristics that explain a vendor's success in the marketplace and help anticipate its ascendancy. This IDC MarketScape covers a variety of vendors participating in the worldwide cloud professional services market. This evaluation is based on a comprehensive framework and set of parameters expected to be most conducive to success in providing cloud professional services during both the short term and the long term.

"When buyers were asked what characteristics were required for a cloud professional services project to be successful, at a worldwide level, the number 1 characteristic was 'provide technical insights and competence' followed by 'provide functional insights and competence," said Gard Little, research director, IT Consulting and Systems Integration Services, "These two items made it to the top of the 2014 list compared with 2013 when 'meet the project timeline' and 'ability to handle changes in project scope' were tops, indicating buyers believe success will come less from basic project management skills and more from technical and/or functional insights."

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