Western Europe Cloud Professional Services Forecast, 2016-2020
This study details the 2016–2020 market sizing and growth rates for the Western European cloud IT professional services market, which is composed of services around the planning and implementation of cloud services. This market is broken down into two major views. The first is the service view, which divides demand into four subsegments (IT consulting oriented, systems integration, custom application development, as well as network consulting and integration services). The second is the geographical view, which is broken into seven territories (France, Germany, the U.K., Nordics, Benelux, Southern Europe, and rest of Western Europe). The Market Forecast section provides a combination of quantitative data (market sizes and forecasts) and qualitative commentary for these two views. Because exchange rate volatility can have a significant effect on growth rates, market sizes are given in 2015 exchange rates to create a "constant currency" view of growth during 2015-2020. The Market Context section describes key drivers and inhibitors of demand growth, along with significant market developments in 2015 and 1H16. These sections are preceded by an Advice For Technology Suppliers section, which summarizes IDC's key advice for services companies targeting a fast-growing but competitive market. This IDC study presents the 2016–2020 market sizing and growth rates for cloud IT professional services in Western Europe."Enterprise demand for cloud IT professional services remains strong in Western Europe and will continue to be healthy — with double-digital growth rates — for at least the next five years, driven not just by a continuing migration of on-premise applications and infrastructure to the cloud, but also by the development of cloud-native new applications," said George Mironescu, research manager, IDC's European Services team in Milan, Italy. "But suppliers cannot be complacent and assume that strong general demand will generate growth for their businesses — this is a competitive marketplace, with plenty of choices for end users. Among other things, suppliers must ensure they deliver agility and flexibility, deepen their understanding of their clients' lines of business (LOBs), recalibrate their delivery models with greater focus on value-adding intellectual property, and ensure that their offerings are oriented around critical customer pain points such as security and interoperability."