Web Servers Market Procurement Intelligence Report

A purchasing guide for Web Servers – rich advisory on spend outlook in Web Servers, pricing analysis for Web Servers procurement cost benchmarking, negotiation strategies and key vendors of Web Servers.

Ecosystem of the global Web Servers category is intertwined with the larger parent market of Hosting. Our category definition describes that overall Hosting market includes all spend associated with the acquisition, management and support of server infrastructure, operating systems and development platforms to provide computing power for bespoke software services and/or purchased software products.

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Strategic Sourcing Guide to Web Servers Procurement

Overview

The market for Hosting and its sub-segments such as Web Servers are at an interesting intersection. Global market is facing a shortage of professionals with requisite skills and training. Minimum wages and stringent regulations are compelling suppliers to increase their employee expenses which are expected to have an inflationary impact on buyer's procurement cost.

Rise in the cost of certain essential assets and supplies required to deliver Web Servers is making a significant addition to the supplier's overall expenditure. This could have an inflationary impact on buyer's procurement expenditure in the Web Servers market.

The cut-throat competition in the category is compelling suppliers to go aggressive on their pricing structure and increase their spend on sales and marketing activities. As a result, most suppliers are feeling a pressure on their margins and trying to offer higher margin value added services to have a better control on their profitability.

Trends like these and many others discussed in this report are necessitating a relook at the way Web Servers is procured and the procurement cost saving opportunities that exist.

Web Servers Procurement Best Practices

As market conditions become more dynamic and procurement practices get more sophisticated, category managers need to be cognizant of the best practices that work for their Web Servers category procurement. The report offers a succinct analysis of Web Servers procurement best practices.

For example, It is important for category managers to track and measure the performance of suppliers against a defined set of KPIs that are agreed upon by both parties. Buyers should engage with providers that offer mobile applications and online dashboards to monitor essential performance parameters of the products and services procured.

Buyers should ask for a detailed account of the data protection capabilities of the supplier. In addition, buyers should also enquire regarding the redundancies available during instances of outages or disruptions. While some providers can provide backup, others may have limited capabilities in hardware redundancy.

Procurement functions should develop custom processes to gain better visibility and involve Web Servers suppliers early in the procurement process.


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Risks in Web Servers procurement

Web Servers procurement managers also need to proactively identify and mitigate potential risks that can arise in the supply chain or contracts for Web Servers procurement. Some examples include:


  • Natural disasters can sometimes impact the entire industry to a significant extent and disrupt supply chains. For example, during the floods that ravaged Thailand in 2011, many electronic manufacturing facilities were flooded and the prices of peripherals shot up by more than 100%
  • Privacy regulations regarding the information gathered, used, and exchanged by service providers vary across regions. This increases the risk of non-compliance, which can lead to the payment of hefty fines and penalties
  • Pricing terms in the contract could prove to be inadequate to safeguard the buyer from impact of a sudden increase in supplier's cost, often arising from a lack of clarity on scope of products or services to be delivered

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Who should read this report

  • The report is intended to serve as a one-stop reference guide for Web Servers procurement strategy and offers a perfect blend of category basics with deep-dive category data and insights. Therefore, it is ideal for category beginners looking for “Web Servers: Procurement Report 101” as well as for category experts actively tracking the global Web Servers procurement market.

     

    You may have just initiated your research to design a winning Web Servers procurement strategy, or you may be a category expert looking for strategic insights and updated data.Either ways, the report has your requirements covered.

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Key questions on Web Servers procurement answered by this report

    Procurement decisions can prove to be costly in the absence of careful deliberation and evaluation of every available option. In fact, more than 90% of the decision makers we work with acknowledge that timely availability of up-to-date category intelligence can help them make better purchasing decisions. More than 80% of them believe that in-house category intelligence needs to be updated periodically to achieve full benefits. If you have read so far, we are quite sure you agree!!

     

    The Web Servers procurement report helps take more informed decisions by placing all the critical information and advice at the fingertips of a decision maker. It also specifically answers some of the key questions that we have been routinely asked during our industry outreach initiatives:

     

    • What is the spend potential in the Web Servers market?
    • What is the correct price to pay for Web Servers? What are the key trends and factors that influence current and future pricing?
    • Which selection criteria are the most important for Web Servers Suppliers Market?
    • Who are the top Web Servers suppliers? What are their cost structures?
    • Which negotiation levers can reduce Web Servers procurement cost ?
    • What are supplier margins in Web Servers market?
    • What are the best practices for Web Servers procurement and what are the potential risks?

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Web Servers Category Insights: What is inside

  • A comprehensive drill down on category sourcing execution: Data, insights, advisory

    The Web Servers market report offers a complete picture of the supply market and analyzes the category from the perspective of both buyers and suppliers. Analysis of the category trends, procurement best practices, negotiation levers and overall category management strategy advisory are interspersed with in-depth data and commentary on spend outlook, pricing ecosystem and supplier landscape drilled down to a region-level coverage.

    Data

    A key highlight of this report is the in-depth outlook created on Web Servers procurement spend and pricing trends. The report further delves deep into the aspects of cost structure, total cost of ownership and supplier margins for Web Servers. A dedicated section to supplier profiles and evaluation helps decision makers cast a wider procurement net and identify gaps in existing relationships.

    Insights

    Along with specific category and supplier intelligence, the publication also includes curated insights on Web Servers market trends, price influencers and inherent risks. These insights help the decision makers prepare for market shaping trends in advance and create alternative strategies for changes in the market conditions.

    Advisory

    Additionally, the report also advises on the best practices and strategies to manage the Web Servers category efficiently. Negotiation levers and opportunities are explained in detail along with quantification of their potential. Benchmark KPIs for supplier and buyer performance management are also aggregated to better organize the category objectives. Other themes of advisory include ideal procurement organization structure, enablers to achieve KPIs or category objectives and ideal SLAs to have with suppliers.

  • Unrivalled breadth of category analysis: at your fingertips

    Category Ecosystem

    • Buyer and supplier ecosystem
    • Competitiveness index
    • Buyer and supplier power
    • Threat of new entrants and substitutes

    Global and Regional Sourcing Insights

    • Category spend
    • Spend growth
    • Dynamics
    • Opportunities

    Pricing and Cost Analysis

      • Pricing outlook and data
      • Drivers of pricing
      • Cost structure and inputs cost
      • Total cost of ownership
      • Pricing models and margins

    Cost Saving Opportunities & Negotiation Strategies

    • Buyer and supplier side levers
    • Quantified cost saving opportunities
    • Negotiation strategies and quantified outcome

    Procurement Best Practices, Strategy and Enablers

    • Procurement excellence
    • Sustainability and innovation
    • KPIs and category enablers
    • Risk management and outsourcing

    Vendor Analysis

    • RFx essentials and selection criteria
    • SLAs
    • Supplier evaluation metrics
    • Detailed supplier profiles
  • A lucid, easy to read format: Enabling fast decisions

    Our research is complex, but our reports are easy to digest. Quantitative analysis and exhaustive commentary is placed in an easy to read format that gives you an in-depth knowledge on the category without spending hours to figure out “what does it mean for my company?”

Category Research Framework

SpendEdge presents a detailed picture of Web Servers procurement solutions by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key category influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.

Information Sources

Primary research
Secondary research
Procurement heads
Industry journals and reports
Category managers
Periodicals and new articles
Sourcing consortium professionals
Category webinars
Industry experts and thought leaders
Internal categiry playbooks
Procurement managers
Industry/government websites on regulations, compliance
Category heads of suppliers
Internal databases
Client account heads/managers
Industry blogs/thought leader briefings
Client and industry consultants

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