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Delivering Technical and Financial Value to Cloud Consumption: A Strategic Blue and NTT DATA Partnership

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 Delivering Technical and Financial Value to Cloud Consumption: A Strategic Blue and NTT DATA Partnership - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Cloud Computing
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Cloud Storage Services
Applicable Functions
  • Procurement
  • Product Research & Development
  • Cloud Planning, Design & Implementation Services
The Customer
About The Customer
Strategic Blue is a cloud financial services company based in the United Kingdom. The company optimizes the procurement, placement, and financial affordability of cloud services through a variety of professional consulting and managed services. Strategic Blue applies concepts first developed by its founder in the commodities and energy markets to the cloud computing market. This provides unique and innovative ways to consume cloud on terms and commitments not directly available from the cloud vendor. Customers benefit from unique flexibility and cost optimization opportunities to meet their needs.
The Challenge
Strategic Blue, a cloud financial services company, was facing a challenge in helping its customers understand and optimize their cloud services consumption. With the rapid growth of the hyperscale market and the continuous introduction of new products and enhanced features, cloud buyers found it increasingly difficult to understand the most appropriate services for their business. This was especially challenging as they now required specialized skills to maintain and manage the systems and also to understand the best ways to financially optimize the services being consumed. Strategic Blue, while having a strong understanding of the financial aspects of cloud consumption, needed a partner that could provide technical expertise at scale.
The Solution
Strategic Blue partnered with NTT DATA to deliver its unique financial models for cloud procurement and optimization. NTT DATA’s proven cloud brokerage, technical support, and consultancy capability for enterprise customers complemented Strategic Blue's financial expertise. Through this partnership, Strategic Blue and its customers benefited from cloud brokerage services that enabled seamless onboarding, management, and continuous improvement. With transparent reporting and the combination of technical and financial expertise, customers could focus on their core business with the confidence that their cloud platform is, and continues to remain, optimized even in the context of changes in their business requirements and the rapid development of available cloud services.
Operational Impact
  • The partnership between Strategic Blue and NTT DATA has resulted in a holistic approach to cost optimization that provides customers the assurance that they are minimizing financial cost while also maximizing the cloud opportunity by taking a measured and managed approach to risk and required customer outcomes. The technical flexibility of NTT DATA cloud architectures and its expertise in evaluating and delivering cloud platform changes maximizes the customer opportunity presented by Strategic Blue services. The success of the partnership in delivering value to Strategic Blue customers has helped fuel the growth in its customer base.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Strategic Blue was able to double its cloud brokerage volume over the past three months of the partnership with NTT DATA.
  • The partnership has helped fuel the growth in Strategic Blue's customer base.

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