New IDC MarketScape Shows Higher Growth for the SAP Implementation Services Ecosystem Will Come from Implementation of New Technologies

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. July 10, 2012 – International Data Corporation (IDC) has published a new MarketScape report profiling and ranking the leading vendors participating in the worldwide SAP implementation ecosystem. This research found that on the long-term front worldwide, consulting firms have developed solid cost-benefit analysis to facilitate an increased adoption of their SAP implementation services portfolio by clients.

"With large strategic transformational projects getting fewer and further between, higher growth for the SAP implementation services will be coming from implementation of new technologies, namely HANA, mobility, and implementation of vertical- and functional-specific Rapid Deployment Solutions," says Ali Zaidi, senior analyst, IT Consulting and Systems Integration Business Strategies at IDC.

The report, IDC MarketScape: Worldwide SAP Implementation Ecosystem 2012 Vendor Analysis (IDC #235682), evaluates the 12 largest SAP applications systems integrators – Accenture, Capgemini, CSC, Deloitte, Fujitsu, HCL, HP, IBM, Infosys, PWC, TCS and Wipro.

The IDC MarketScape methodology placed Accenture and IBM in the "Leaders" category. Accenture's ability to utilize proven methodologies and tools as well as their capability to provide technical insights and competence helped place them as one of the leading implementers and innovators of SAP globally. For IBM, their ability to integrate their own team with that of the client's on a project and their capability to provide a full spectrum of SAP services (consulting, outsourcing, hosting, support services) scored high with buyer perceptions.

"IDC believes the traditional lines between software and service providers are blurring, more so now since SAP is allowing large systems integrators to sell SAP software directly, and SAP services itself is being brought into customer discussions at a more strategic level than just software implementation. The best practice becomes when systems integrators and SAP can work together seamlessly to deliver a client solution," said Gard Little, research director, IT Consulting and Systems Integration Business Strategies at IDC.

About IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) 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 and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

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

About IDC

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