Index Insider: How Large Enterprises Are Staffing Workplace Functions

Hello. This is Alex Bakker and Mrinal Rai with this week’s ISG Index Insider.
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In our recent ISG Buyer Behavior study on future workplace, we asked large enterprises how they are staffing a variety of workplace functions. Of the organizations we asked, 16% reported they are using managed services, 42% are using staff augmentation and 42% are primarily supporting their workplace with internal staff. Data center support is most likely to be performed by staff augmentation, while cybersecurity services are most likely to be done in-house.
The relatively small proportion of firms using managed services report a much greater confidence in their digital workplace plan and its ability to meet their needs over the next 24 months (see Data Watch).
One reason for this is that managed services are defined in terms of outcomes rather than inputs. Managed service providers are incented to measure performance toward specific objectives and to react with modifications to meet those targets. An enterprise might say managed services set them up to react more quickly to future changes.
And what do enterprises anticipate over the next 24 months? Mobile devices, knowledge management, unified communications and IT self-service portals all rank as “critical” or “very important.” Given that companies have a workforce that is still an average of 14% more remote than pre-pandemic, they know technology will play a critical role in keeping employees engaged and productive.
In our ISG Provider Lens research, we found that workplace managed service providers are all early adopters of digital employee experience (DEX) measurement technologies like Nexthink, Lakeside and Systrack. These tools and other measurement and management platforms are the foundation of the kinds of experience level agreements (XLAs) we see being adopted into managed services deals. This data further explains why enterprises that are using managed services to support their workplace environments have more confidence in their market-readiness than those that do not.


Confidence Levels in Digital Workplace Plans


About the authors

Alex Bakker

Alex Bakker

Alex leads the Primary Research Team where he focuses on study design, panel research, and interview based research for ISG. In addition to leading the Primary Research practice at ISG, Alex also serves as the lead analyst on provider pursuit effectiveness, and helps IT service providers understand how they can improve performance in the competitive process. 
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Mrinal Rai

Mrinal Rai

Mrinal Rai is Assistant Director and Principal Analyst at ISG and leads research for the future of work and enterprise customer experience. His expertise is in the digital workplace, emerging technologies and the global IT outsourcing industry. He covers key areas around the Workplace and End User computing domain, viz., modernizing workplace, Enterprise mobility, BYOD, DEX, VDI, managed workplace services, service desk and modernizing IT architecture. He also focuses on unified communications collaboration as a service, enterprise social software, content collaboration, team collaboration, employee experience and productivity services and solutions. He has been with ISG for 10+ years and has 16+ years of industry experience. Mrinal works with ISG advisors and clients in engagements related to the digital workplace, unified communications and service desk. He also leads the ISG Star of ExcellenceTM program that tracks and analyzes enterprise customer experience in the technology industry and authors quarterly ISG CX Index reports. He is also the ISG’s official media spokesperson in India.