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Nordic Enterprises See SDN as a Route to Cost Savings, New Automation

ISG Provider Lens™ report sees Scandinavia as a promising market for SDN, SD-WAN and related technologies

Company Release - 8/26/2019 4:00 AM ET

STOCKHOLM, Aug. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Scandinavia is a promising market for advanced network technologies, including software-defined networking, as many industries there are considering SD-WAN to manage bandwidth in a more cost-effective way, according to a new report published today by Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm.

The 2019 ISG Provider LensNetwork – Software Defined Solutions and Services Nordics Report finds enterprises looking for ways to automate their networks, and many industries in the region — including retail, financial services and manufacturing — considering SD-WAN and related SDN technologies.

"Telecom service providers, original equipment manufacturers and system integrators serving the Nordic market are accelerating their efforts to help enterprise customers modernize their networks, bring down costs, optimize maintenance and maximize efficiency," said Barry Matthews, partner and head of ISG North Europe. "The number of providers in this space is increasing rapidly because of the potential for SDN to prioritize enterprise applications on the network, fix technical bugs and provide self-managed bandwidth."

While existing managed LAN and WAN services, multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) and related technologies still form the backbone of enterprise installed bases, the networking technology market in the Nordic countries is rapidly changing, the report says. Enterprises are embracing SDN, SD-WAN, network function virtualization (NFV) and related technologies.

Nordic enterprises are moving toward the SDN umbrella of technologies and services for several reasons, the report says. Customers are attracted to the promise of autonomous networks that enable managed service providers to continuously learn about customer requirements and respond in real time. Automated networks also support auto-scaling and auto-healing, the report says.

In addition, SDN technologies allow enterprise networks to be integrated with predictive analysis engines that provide real-time insights to help network engineers identify problems before they affect network operations.

Many providers of networking products and services are involved in SDN-related pilot projects and are regularly converting them to production-level deployments, the report says. Many networking vendors are embracing SDN products as a way to improve their positioning in the marketplace.

The 2019 ISG Provider LensNetwork – Software Defined Solutions and Services Nordics Report evaluates the capabilities of 37 providers across seven quadrants: Managed WAN Services; Mobile Network (4G/5G) Additional (non-core) Services; SDN Transformation Services (Consulting and Implementation); SD-WAN Equipment and Services (DIY); SDN Security Services; SD Network Technologies (Core), and SD Network Technologies (Mobile to Edge).

The report names IBM and Orange Business Services as leaders in all seven quadrants, while Wipro is a leader in five. HCL and T-Systems are named as leaders in four quadrants, and Cisco, Infosys, TCS and Telenor are leaders in three. The report names Dell EMC and Ericsson as leaders in one quadrant.

Customized versions of the report are available from T-Systems and Wipro.

The 2019 ISG Provider LensNetwork – Software Defined Solutions and Services Nordics Report is available to ISG Insights™ subscribers or for one-time purchase on this webpage.

About ISG Provider Lens™ Research

The ISG Provider Lens™ Quadrant research series is the only service provider evaluation of its kind to combine empirical, data-driven research and market analysis with the real-world experience and observations of ISG's global advisory team. Enterprises will find a wealth of detailed data and market analysis to help guide their selection of appropriate sourcing partners, while ISG advisors use the reports to validate their own market knowledge and make recommendations to ISG's enterprise clients. The research currently covers providers offering their services globally, across Europe and Latin America, as well as in the U.S., Germany, the U.K., the Nordics and Brazil, with additional markets to be added in the future. For more information about ISG Provider Lens research, please visit this webpage.

The series is a complement to the ISG Provider Lens Archetype reports, which offer a first-of-its-kind evaluation of providers from the perspective of specific buyer types.

About ISG

ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 700 clients, including more than 70 of the top 100 enterprises in the world, ISG is committed to helping corporations, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; strategy and operations design; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006, and based in Stamford, Conn., ISG employs more than 1,300 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries—a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities based on the industry's most comprehensive marketplace data. For more information, visit

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