Enterprises in the Nordic countries are investing in digital transformation and looking for vendors to help them with their move to the cloud and adoption of artificial intelligence for operations, according to a new report published today by Information Services Group, a global technology research and advisory firm.
The 2019 ISG Provider Lens Private/Hybrid Cloud — Data Centre Services & Solutions Report for the Nordics finds many Nordic enterprises turning to IT outsourcing as a way to cut costs, expand their businesses globally and gain access to technology experts with niche skills.
“As Nordic enterprises transform their businesses to raise their profiles in the global market, digital transformation and cloud and data centre outsourcing have become their key priorities,” said Barry Matthews, partner and head of ISG Northern Europe, which includes the Nordics.
In some cases, however, Nordic businesses are struggling to see quick returns on investment when they move to a cloud computing model, the report says. While cloud computing can eliminate or minimise hardware infrastructure, some enterprises need outside expertise to help them plan and capitalise their cloud investments.
Many Nordic enterprises are turning to providers to help them roll out artificial intelligence for IT operations (AIOps) to automate commoditised IT infrastructure and software maintenance and to reduce labour-intensive intervention for mundane tasks. In addition, container technology is growing in popularity with Nordic enterprises, especially for mission-critical applications in financial, educational, and media and communications organisations.
Another trend in the cloud and data centre market is a move toward hyper-converged infrastructure, with Nordic enterprises embracing the convergence of software-defined hardware and software – for computation, networking and storage – in an easy-to-use system that enables digital transformation.