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This IDC Market Spotlight begins with definitions of cloud and its various forms and then goes on to outline the vast and growing adoption of cloud technologies.
IT consulting and integration services and custom application development are core revenue components for most solution providers. Unless they were born in the cloud, IT consultants usually add cloud-related technology and services to their portfolios rather than do a wholesale replacement of their traditional services. This is also in line with the reality that most cloud implementations live in an environment where there is a mix of on-premise, hosted, and IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS technologies.
This IDC Market Spotlight provides some key insights based on IDC’s discussions with solution providers that have built successful cloud revenue streams and have IT services as an important part of their business model. These insights are not intended to be silver bullets but rather points to ponder as you consider the cloud strategy that will work best for your unique business and circumstances.