Dimension Data has been named as the leading IT services provider in South Africa by BMI-Techknowledge in its 2007 South African IT Services and Market Forecast.
The report, released yesterday by BMI-T focuses on the South African market, excluding any offshore activity and is measured across 13 IT Services segments. The results reveal that Dimension Data is the overall leader in IT Services in South Africa based on revenue.
Natalie Bryden, senior research analyst at BMI-Techknowledge, says: “IT Services in South Africa grew by 6,1% in 2006 and this sector of the IT market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6,4% until 2010.”
Bryden believes that interest in service orientated architecture (SOA), web services and converged technologies will spur growth in the IT services sector over the next few years.
“On the downside new technologies demand a new skill-set, which few companies have. These skills shortages may be a short-term inhibitor to the implementation of these services. Due to the ever-changing IT environment, companies are increasingly looking for outside assistance to deal with the new complexities which can be seen in the resultant growth in the services sector.”
Derek Wilcocks, executive director: services at Dimension Data Africa, adds: “Dimension Data is delighted that its focus on services in Africa and Middle East over the past three years is paying off. The recognition of its leadership position in services revenue by BMI-T reflects the confidence clients place in services offerings such as large professional services projects, outsourcing, and managed network and voice services.
“IT services have played a key role in driving Dimension Data’s revenue growth in the latest interim results up by 50 percent which is well above the market average growth rates. It is reflective of the success of the Dimension Data group in focusing on emerging opportunities driven by convergence, deregulation and multisourcing."