Getting Beyond the ‘So What’ of Cloud Computing – The Alsbridge Story

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Alsbridge.

Cloud computing is the all the rage these days, but many companies are still having a tough time making the transition.  The major stumbling block is not the technology—which is proven—but the “So what?”  So, you have the cloud capability.  What is it going to do for you beyond deliver lower costs?  This challenge has created a significant opportunity in the marketplace for advisory firms that can guide companies through the change management, operational alignment, and business case validation required to produce positive business and financial results.

No advisory firm has filled the niche for transformation advice more aggressively and successfully than Alsbridge, the fast-growing Dallas-based global consulting firm that provides data-driven sourcing advisory and benchmarking services for IT, Finance and Sourcing executives worldwide.  Alsbridge’s core competency is helping companies reduce costs and get more value from their vendors by leveraging proprietary tools and information databases to identify and engage the optimal vendors for each client, negotiate best practice terms at fair market prices, and improve the way its customers work with providers of IT infrastructure services, network carrier services, hardware and software, application support and development, business processes and cloud services. 

Alsbridge’s acquisition of leading telecoms/networking sourcing advisor, Telwares for an undisclosed sum from One Equity Partners, the private investment arm of JP Morgan Chase—coupled with its acquisition of telecoms procurement firm TAG, in early 2010—creates the world’s largest supplier-neutral network procurement, outsourcing and transformation advisory firm. Telwares is the number one network cost optimization and transformation service consulting firm for large companies (more than 30% of the Fortune 500 and many of the world’s largest global private equity firms are customers) with a broad portfolio of advisory, strategic sourcing, technology assessment, network design, and supplier management solutions for network, hardware and software costs.  In short, Telwares provides specialized expertise in the commercial and technical aspects of aligning complex technology solutions with business objectives.

Combined with Albridge’s strengths in IT infrastructure sourcing consultancy and price benchmarking,  the addition of Telwares makes Alsbridge’s a network sourcing and transformation powerhouse. With over 350,000 data points and market intelligence garnered from thousands of sourcing transactions, Alsbridge says the combination provides clients with absolute clarity and transparency of price and performance in enterprise networking.

“Every enterprise is looking to tap the power of technology transformation to outperform and innovate faster than their competitors.  Moving to the next generation networks is a key step necessary to enhance customer experience via intelligence, enable Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, leverage cloud applications, and mine Big Data,” said Dieter Thompson, Senior Managing Director of Alsbridge Inc.’s network sourcing practice. “With this acquisition, Alsbridge has unprecedented capabilities to help organizations drive substantial cost savings and create measurable competitive advantages.”

About Alsbridge, Inc.

Alsbridge is a global consulting firm that provides data-driven sourcing advisory and benchmarking services for IT, Finance and Sourcing executives.  We’ve helped hundreds of companies reduce costs and get more value from their vendors.  Our experienced consultants leverage proprietary tools and information databases to identify and engage the optimal vendors for your situation, negotiate best practice terms at fair market prices, and improve the way you work with your service providers.  Alsbridge clients utilize the most cost effective and value added sources globally for IT infrastructure services, network carrier services, hardware and software, application support and development, business processes and cloud services. The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) ranked Alsbridge the #1 outsourcing advisor in the world in 2011 based on our value delivered to clients.  Our commitment to delivering value to our clients also made Alsbridge a distinguished member of the 2010 Inc. 500 fastest growing privately held companies in America.  

About Telwares Inc.

Acquired by Alsbridge in November 2012, Telwares is a leading consultancy, providing network cost optimization and transformation services to the Fortune 500. Our resources bring deep Telwares enables large enterprises to create and implement next-gen network strategies, implement innovative solutions for competitive advantage, execute short and long-term cost-out opportunities, and articulate the value IT delivers to their broader businesses. Our expertise, along with unparalleled market intelligence gained through evaluating thousands of contracts each year combine to make us the partner of choice for more than 30% of the Fortune 500 and many of the world’s largest global private equity firms. This broad base of engagement speeds results and innovation by applying real-time market intelligence and best practices, enhancing supplier responsiveness and extending access to a network of essential supplier relationships.

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