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Swiss Firms Embrace Local Region for Microsoft Azure Cloud

Swiss enterprises, typically conservative about cloud migration, have grown more accepting of the Microsoft Azure cloud since a Switzerland region was established for it in 2020, according to a new research report published today by Information Services Group (ISG), a leading global technology research and advisory firm.

The 2022 ISG Provider Lens Microsoft Ecosystem Partners report for Switzerland finds most Swiss companies still prefer local cloud providers and are reluctant to migrate business processes and applications to Azure, mostly because of data security concerns. However, since Microsoft created the Swiss region, IT service providers have significantly increased their commitment to Azure and more enterprises have adopted it.

“Azure is beginning to find a place in the Swiss cloud business,” said Uwe Ladwig, director, ISG DACH. “Companies are migrating to Azure with service providers that have local operations and meet their security requirements.”

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The pandemic changed the operational strategies and IT budgets of Swiss enterprises, increasing overall adoption of cloud technologies, the report says. In the first year of the crisis, companies had to devote considerable effort to encouraging use of the cloud to allow for remote work. In the second year, price became a major factor in cloud strategy as many IT budgets shrunk – though companies continued to invest heavily in data security.

Most large enterprises adopting Azure in Switzerland have partnered with large service providers, while small and midsize companies have chosen local partners, ISG says.

The report also explores several other aspects of Swiss Microsoft adoption, including the growing use of Microsoft Power Platform. Most companies are using it to enable citizen software development, even though many organizations in Switzerland are still reluctant to let non-IT employees write software. Cautious enterprises are mainly concerned with governance issues, because democratized programming could give the new class of developers access to sensitive data.

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“Swiss enterprises can become much more agile using Power Platform,” said Jan Erik Aase, partner and global leader, ISG Provider Lens Research. “Service providers can help them integrate it into corporate IT and build governance strategies to ensure it is used responsibly.”

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The 2022 ISG Provider Lens Microsoft Ecosystem Partners report for Switzerland evaluates the capabilities of 24 providers across two quadrants: Managed Services for Azure and Power Platforms Services.

The report names Ambit Gruppe, Aveniq, SoftwareONE and Swisscom as Leaders in both quadrants. It names Avanade, Baggenstos, Bechtle, DIGITALL, EveryWare, T-Systems and UMB as Leaders in one quadrant each.

In addition, DataONE and DIGITALL are named as Rising Stars – companies with a “promising portfolio” and “high future potential” by ISG’s definition – in one quadrant each.

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