Friday, April 1, 2011

Fujitsu Launches Cloud Consulting Service to Help CIOs Assess the Benefits and Feasibility of Cloud Computing

Fujitsu, the leading provider of technology and IT services has launched a Cloud Consulting service. The new Consultancy service will help senior IT decision makers to understand how they could potentially be using Cloud within their organisation.

After several years of industry hype and mounting expectation around Cloud, the consensus is that Cloud is set to move from theory to practice. Industry analyst Gartner has recently predicted that 20% of businesses will own no IT assets by 2012 and that $150 billion in global cloud-related revenues are expected by 2013.

Similarly, whilst there is great promise for cloud, so too there is confusion and uncertainty about how to deploy Cloud and in what context certain Cloud services may or may not work. It is against this backdrop that Fujitsu now feels it is the right time to launch its Consultancy service. Fujitsu’s extensive knowledge of the Cloud is demonstrated in its educational publication, The White Book of Cloud, which explains clearly the different cloud models on offer to users.

Jo Millott, head of Cloud Consulting Fujitsu UK and Ireland comments, “Cloud is no longer the preserve of just the IT department – it is coming to much broader CXO attention and subsequently CIOs must be well equipped and prepared. There is some confusion in the market about what Cloud is and what choices should be made. Fujitsu’s Cloud Consulting Service will provide advice and guidance on how Cloud should be exploited to drive business value as well as providing expert advice on key considerations such as security and legal/data compliance.”

Fujitsu is already leading the market in Cloud. Its Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings are available and were among the first to be launched in the UK market. Fujitsu’s further commitment to the Cloud is underpinned by investment of over $1.2 billion in developing its Global Cloud capability in 2011. Furthermore, the company predicts that Cloud-related services will account for 30% of new business by 2015.

This consulting-led approach is essential to help the market to understand that Fujitsu has the right combination of consulting expertise, technical knowledge and infrastructure to deliver on cloud at all levels.

Millott continues, “There has been so much talk about Cloud over the last few years it is hard to distinguish which IT suppliers and vendors have genuine offerings and which simply pay lip-service to Cloud. Some IT service providers can offer strong consultancy credentials but are lacking in the physical infrastructure to ever deliver on their recommendations. I firmly believe that by combining Fujitsu’s proven infrastructure and technology capabilities with a formalised consulting practice, we have a unique proposition in the IT services market.”

Fujitsu’s Cloud Consulting offering is available to both existing customers who are considering moving certain functions to the Cloud and to engage with new customers.
Fujitsu’s Cloud Consulting Service is designed to help customers:

1. 1. Understand the disruptive element of Cloud and the opportunities it brings
2. Assess the different options and make informed decisions about the right Cloud solutions for their organisation
3. Develop a clear roadmap for harnessing Cloud to drive significant business value

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of ICT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 170,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$50 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010. For more information, please see:

Fujitsu UK and Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing 11,400 people with an annual revenue of £1.7 billion. Its business is in enabling its customers to realise their objectives by exploiting information technology through its integrated product and service portfolio. This includes consulting, applications, systems integration, managed services and product for customers in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer sectors. For more information, please see:

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