Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 25 - Page 9

NEWS Swiss enterprises flocking to the public cloud communications and, increasingly, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) workloads to the cloud, the report states. A growing use of PaaS-related technologies by the local developer community is driving enterprise interest in the cloud, the report adds. In addition, an increasing volume of data generated by customers and other sources is pushing Swiss businesses to consider the public cloud. S pending on public cloud services by enterprises in Switzerland is growing faster than it is globally, with Swiss companies moving several types of workloads to the cloud, according to a new report published by Information Services Group (ISG), a leading global technology research and advisory firm. The 2019 ISG Provider Lens Public Cloud – Solutions & Service Partners Report for Switzerland notes public cloud spending in Switzerland grew by more than 20% year over year in the second quarter, compared to global growth of 14%. Swiss enterprises are pushing customer relationship management (CRM), unified The report also finds Swiss companies focused more on data centre location, managed services support and contract flexibility when looking for cloud providers, rather than the portfolio of features offered. Swiss enterprises are paying close attention to European data protection laws that mandate local storage of some data, the report notes. Responding to this need, Microsoft and Google decided to provide public cloud services from Switzerland, and AWS may soon follow, the report states. The Swiss cloud market is also seeing major changes in the managed services partner ecosystem, with more service providers entering the market, the report says. Some smaller providers are being merged into larger system integrators as a way to eliminate the competition or acquire niche capabilities. ///////////////// GTT completes acquisition of KPN International G TT Communications, a leading global cloud networking provider to multinational clients, has announced the completion of its acquisition of KPN International, a division of KPN NV headquartered in the Netherlands, which operates a global IP network serving enterprise and carrier clients. This strategic combination: • Adds more than 400 strategic enterprise and carrier clients. GTT will also be the preferred international network supplier for several hundred additional clients retained by KPN • Complements GTT’s comprehensive portfolio of cloud networking services with wide area networking, Internet and transport services, and adds depth to GTT’s global Tier 1 IP network in Europe across 21 countries • Contributes a sales, operations, service delivery and client service organisation, with a proven track record of delivering outstanding client experience “The great client base contributed by this acquisition, combined with a talented group of employees, strengthens GTT’s presence in Europe,” said Rick Calder, GTT President and CEO. “We are pleased to welcome this blue-chip roster of clients from KPN International who can now access GTT’s expansive global network and comprehensive service portfolio, as we deliver on our purpose of connecting people across organisations, around the world and to every application in the cloud.” INTELLIGENTCIO 9