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Old 12-16-2008, 09:19 AM
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The impact of the slowing economy on BPO business models, the convergence of IT and telecom services, and the continued importance of quality and security are among the top issues IT service providers will face in 2009, forecasts a new report from research firm Ovum.

Says Eamonn Kennedy, Practice Leader of Ovum's IT Services team, "In this challenging economy, IT services providers will need to navigate a host of new and continuing challenges as they attempt to maintain and grow their business." According to Ovum, providers must get ahead of these trends as they work to capture new customers and keep the ones they have. So, here’s looking into IT services agenda for the year 2009.


Competing for the Cloud
Cloud Computing can encompass and potentially disrupt "traditional" models of infrastructure and applications outsourcing, third-party managed services and SaaS-powered services. Cloud Computing is quickly becoming one of the most competitive markets in all of IT as services firms attempt to leverage these technologies and others to deliver new value-added services to the market.

Customers, meanwhile, have seen and heard plenty of marketing messages around Cloud Computing, but are now searching for answers as to what IT and business benefits could ensue.





Quality assurance & information security
The worsening economic environment is driving demand for improved value from applications, applications-led outsourcing and other IT services. In practical terms, this means demonstrable and sustainable cost effectiveness and reduced time-to-market.

Pressure is therefore growing on developers and outsourcing service providers to raise the twin bars of quality assurance, namely: one, ensuring products and services are fit for purpose and two, being right first time.



High-Pressure IT
All IT services vendors will argue that their IT delivery is done under high pressure, although for many this is more hyperbole than truth. The research firm believes high pressure IT is about delivering IT services on the biggest stage, under the highest level of scrutiny, and with no room for mistakes.



Retained organisations
Outsourcing decisions driven by short-term requirements to save costs are potentially the most difficult kind of contract for retained organisations to derive business benefit from. Negotiated in haste and not necessarily with a medium- or long-term strategic intent, such contracts will require significant s**** on the part of the retained organisations to make them work effectively for the client organization. This would be while delivering the savings they have really been put in place to achieve.



Fixing BPO
In 2009 white-collar business process outsourcing (BPO) will overshadow the importance of IT in the outsourcing market. Consolidation among IT services and BPO companies will bring the two industries ever closer.

IT vendors that do not have a considered stake in the BPO market, either directly or indirectly, will miss out on a sea change in the way that IT and IT services are delivered to client organisations.



Waste not, ask not
The efficient use of people and resources should be a core discipline for all CIOs, IT managers and IT services providers. It means a focus on disciplines such as ITIL and a drive to improve infrastructure maturity - to standardise, consolidate and rationalise IT infrastructure and processes.

Now there are new demands for IT to improve its efficiency around energy, environment and consumption of resources.



Enterprise 2.0
Essentially, Enterprise 2.0 is about enabling stakeholders to affect services and offerings and achieve more meaningful business-driven interactions between people and systems through community collaboration, sharing and "debating" of ideas, concepts, services and products.






Demand will recover
Even in the darkest reaches of a recession, clients will continue to expect quality services delivered at appropriate pricing levels with continual improvements to both. It is vital that vendors retain a sense of perspective: the recession will end; demand for IT services will recover.

We do not for one moment suggest that economic conditions will turn around in a few months and we can go back to business as usual. The market will continue to evolve and vendors' strategies must evolve with it.
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