While the results of PAC’s survey “Mobile Device & Application Management in Germany, France, the UK, and Switzerland” presents a mixed picture, UK companies are clearly amongst the leaders in many aspects of mobile device usage for business, moving swiftly to the latest platforms, adopting cloud-delivered solutions and promoting BYOD (and BYOA). The key characteristic of the British approach is [...]
Following the announcement that Xero raised some USD150 million in new capital from its investors, we took the opportunity to talk to the company to find out its latest plans. Xero is a pure play SaaS-based accounting software vendor, originating in New Zealand, which has expanded into other English-speaking markets. It targets small businesses and accounting firms. Australia and the [...]
PAC has released one of the most comprehensive studies on the status, strategies, decisions and budgets around the adoption of social collaboration among European IT user companies.
This week’s announcement of a ‘global partnership’ between Fujitsu and UNIT4 is interesting news for both parties. The goal is to address the needs of large and medium companies seeking both hardware and software to support IT transformation initiatives, with Fujitsu and UNIT4 able to offer reduced costs to prospective clients through the partnership. For UNIT4, this sees yet another [...]
For the first time, PAC will publish a PAC RADAR in three countries, UK, Germany and France. The PAC RADAR shows a visual representation of our assessment of IT service providers in a given market, and thus allow immediate comparison.
Last week it was announced that Telefonica bought the managed services business of bankrupt network integrator 2e2, taking in roughly 100 staff. The two companies had previously run a joint venture – O2 Unify – which offered network access, kit and related services under a single ICT services model. While the acquisition may have more relevance for the UK, the [...]
As 2013 begins, the Indian IT services companies can perhaps look back with some degree of satisfaction at 2012, at least as far as the European markets are concerned. For the market leader Tata Consultancy Services, the quarter ended September 2012 was very strong and while Infosys was still suffering and churning out an under-par performance, HCL Technologies has emerged [...]
Despite an unclear business outlook, SMEs (companies with less than 2,000 employees) will continue to invest in business applications and SaaS, with key areas of investment including CRM, analytics, mobility, and industry-specific software. PAC expects the SME market for business application and SaaS to grow to over £2.1bn by 2015, which is a faster rate than in the large enterprise [...]
The UK’s coalition government has now had over 18 months in office. During this period it has been laying the foundations for transforming public sector IT: restructuring relationships with key suppliers and developing its ICT Strategic Implementation Plan. In 2012 it will be developing and implementing this vision. Key initiatives are now either imminent or underway. For example: the first [...]
August 2011 saw some of the UK’s most innovative software companies following the well-worn trail west. Having achieved success, they were snapped up by US giants with deep pockets, who are keen to maintain growth and show innovation to please their shareholders.