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New IDC MarketScape Positions Leaders and Major Players in the Worldwide Cloud Professional Services Market for 2014

International Data Corporation (IDC) has published its 2014 analysis of worldwide cloud professional services vendors. The IDC MarketScape report utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology that produces a graphical assessment of each vendor's current market capabilities as well as strategies for competing in the future. IDC positioned four vendors – Accenture, HCL, IBM, and PwC – in the "Leaders" category for 2014, with several others recognized as "Major Players", including Cognizant, Wipro, Infosys, Microsoft, EMC, Cisco, Capgemini, NTT DATA, Unisys, and HP.

A unique component of this evaluation is the inclusion of the perception of cloud professional services buyers of both the key characteristics and the capabilities of these providers. "When buyers were asked what characteristics were required for a cloud professional services project to be successful, at a worldwide level, the number one 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."

IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Cloud Professional Services 2014 Vendor Analysis (Doc #250238) contains profiles of the 15 vendors evaluated in this study, including their perceived strengths and challenges, and essential guidance to buyers as well as vendors of cloud professional services.

About IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of IT, telecommunications, or industry-specific suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT, telecommunications, or industry-specific vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a transparent foundation to allow companies to independently compare the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

For more information about IDC MarketScape, please contact Karen Moser at kmoser@idc.com.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. In 2014, IDC celebrates its 50th anniversary of providing strategic insights to help clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting www.idc.com. Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC.

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