With twin acquisitions from IBM and Cognizant introduced at present, there have now been nicely over 100 such offers this yr involving IT providers suppliers. IBM is buying Nordcloud, a supplier of cloud computing providers experience, whereas Cognizant is buying Inawisdom, a privately held IT providers supplier that focuses on AI and knowledge analytics.

IBM’s acquisition of Nordcloud is being pushed by the necessity to add extra cloud computing experience. Right now, organizations are beginning to speed up deployment of latest lessons of functions primarily based on microservices constructed utilizing containers and different cloud-native applied sciences, mentioned Marcel Greutmann, vp and European chief for IBM Global Business Services. “It’s an infusion of hyperscaler skills,” he mentioned.

Based in Norway, Nordcloud operates in 10 European international locations. Terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed, however IBM has been on an IT providers supplier shopping for spree these days. Last week, the corporate acquired Expertus Technologies, an IT providers supplier primarily based in Montreal that focuses on digital fee programs. Last month, IBM introduced that it’s buying TruQua Enterprises, a supplier of IT providers for SAP software environments.

Overall, IBM has now acquired three IT providers suppliers in 2020, whereas Cognizant has acquired 9. Accenture, in the meantime, has rolled up essentially the most IT providers this yr after buying at least 29 smaller corporations. IT distributors themselves up to now yr are additionally fueling this acquisition exercise as they appear to develop their portfolios past product gross sales. Salesforce this month, for instance, acquired Acumen Solutions to develop its skilled providers functionality.

That tempo of acquisition exercise ought to proceed into the brand new yr as a result of demand for cloud experience continues to develop, mentioned Judith Hurwitz, CEO of Hurwitz & Associates, a supplier of IT consulting and market analysis.

Most inside IT groups usually are not as conversant in cloud platforms as they’re with on-premises IT environments. Meeting demand for that experience is requiring IT providers suppliers to amass smaller corporations which have particular areas of experience as they search to develop the depth of capabilities they supply past merely provisioning cloud providers. IT organizations are actually particularly in search of cloud governance experience that’s related to their particular business, Hurwitz famous. “It’s a new arms race,” she mentioned.

Organizations are in search of that extra experience as a result of moderately than engaged on remoted cloud tasks, Hurwitz mentioned, organizations want to now standardize on cloud platforms within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, moderately than getting locked into a selected platform, most organizations additionally need to have the ability to deploy software workloads on a number of cloud platforms as they see match, she added.

A latest survey of 400 IT choice makers and 400 IT workers performed by SPR, a supplier of IT providers, finds that nicely over two-thirds (69%) of respondents mentioned they have been considerably more likely to swap cloud suppliers or add one other cloud supplier within the subsequent yr. A full 39% mentioned they have been extraordinarily seemingly to take action. Nevertheless, two-thirds of respondents (63%) who’re choice makers mentioned they have been extraordinarily glad with how their cloud supplier supported them all through the pandemic.

Given the merger and acquisition exercise, enterprise capital has unsurprisingly been pouring into the IT providers sector. Investors see a possibility to roll up a number of smaller IT service suppliers earlier than promoting them to a bigger entity. Platinum Equity, for instance, drove a number of of these offers; final month it expanded these efforts to incorporate buying Ingram Micro, a distributor that additionally offers skilled IT providers through its companions, for $7.2 billion. Earlier this yr, Tech Data, the archrival of Ingram Micro, was acquired by the Apollo Group Management for $6 billion. Funds affiliated with Apollo Group Management invested $3.75 billion in Tech Data as a part of that transaction.

Of course, one of many distinctive attributes of the IT providers sector is that not too lengthy after one firm is acquired, the leaders of these corporations usually begin one other agency. In that sense, then, it might not be lengthy earlier than IT leaders are once more seeing a well-recognized face working for yet one more IT providers agency they’ve by no means heard of earlier than.