Industry partnerships will be at the forefront of innovation

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  • 96 per cent of companies are either already or considering co-creation with vendors to develop new digital products and services for sustainability and efficiency
  • 65 per cent of global GDP will be digitized by 2022, creating challenges and opportunities
  • 61 per cent of partners believe that COVID-19 was a driver for their customers’ digital transformation

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 9, 2021 /CNW/ – As the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, Schneider Electric recently commissioned IDC to develop an IDC InfoBrief on ‘The Future of Partner Ecosystems.’

As the world rapidly digitizes and becomes more complex, the challenges of sustainability, climate change and the energy transition are too big to tackle for any one business alone. Organizations are increasingly looking to combine forces to innovate and co-create, as the market moves to open, interoperable, digital and simplified systems and ways of doing business.

Rohan Kelkar, Executive Vice President, Power Products Division, Schneider Electric (CNW Group/Schneider Electric Canada Inc.)
Rohan Kelkar, Executive Vice President, Power Products Division, Schneider Electric (CNW Group/Schneider Electric Canada Inc.)
Stuart Wilson, Research Director, European Partnering Ecosystems, IDC (CNW Group/Schneider Electric Canada Inc.)
Stuart Wilson, Research Director, European Partnering Ecosystems, IDC (CNW Group/Schneider Electric Canada Inc.)

The IDC research reveals that 64 per cent of partners are co-creating with their customers and partners (a 38 per cent increase on 2018). The vast majority (96 per cent) of companies are either currently or considering co-creating with vendors to develop new digital products and services. There has also been a dramatic shift in marketplace participation with almost three quarters of partners (71 per cent) selling via a marketplace in 2020 in comparison to just 4 per cent in 2018.

Top considerations for companies when considering partnering with a new vendor

Sustainability plays a key role when companies are in the process of selecting partners with almost two thirds (60 per cent) of organizations now incorporating sustainability metrics into their RFPs. Other key considerations include: the ease of doing business (91 per cent), the availability of engineering support (79 per cent) and best in class technology / product (78 per cent).

Rohan Kelkar, Executive Vice President, Power Products Division, Schneider Electric said “This report reveals that increased digitalization of our economy can present both challenges and opportunities for global organizations, with partnerships becoming the cornerstone of innovation for sustainability and energy efficiency. We are seeing that intelligent power infrastructure, in particular, can make a significant difference to businesses’ bottom line while improving emissions and resilience. By investing in IoT solutions and smart digital infrastructure, companies across the globe can make themselves more resilient and ready for the all-electric world, no matter what the future brings. They can also co-create, partner and innovate by leveraging today’s digital marketplaces, such as Exchange.”

Stuart Wilson, Research Director, European Partnering Ecosystems, IDC 

“IDC is predicting $6.8 trillion of direct investments in digital transformation from 2020 to 2023. With 65 per cent of GDP predicted to be digitized by 2022, partners can move faster and stay ahead of the curve by co-innovating and developing cutting-edge solutions fit for the new digital and electric future. Harnessing combined skill sets requires a new mindset and a new approach from partners based on collaboration, cooperation, and a genuine desire to work together to improve customer experiences and business outcomes. These are the attributes that future-proofed partners will focus on, coupling this with a longer-term and increasingly services-focused relationship with customers.”

The extent of digital adoption varies substantially by industry

The biggest opportunities lie in the construction industry due to greater investment in making buildings smart. Commercial buildings account for a significant proportion of overall energy use and emissions production, thus significant savings of up to 30 per cent can be made by reducing energy wastage. What is clear is that investing in a more intelligent digital foundation across facilities and technology infrastructure brings substantial competitive advantage, with Digital Leaders (the top 24 per cent with the most advanced adoption of digital technologies) seeing markedly higher revenue growth. For example, just a 20 per cent improvement in data center efficiency can reduce overheads by $390,000.

Intelligent power infrastructure can save customers money while improving emissions and resilience

IoT is a growing market, which has only increased since the beginning of the pandemic. Research from IDC has found that the energy sector is planning on investing the most in this technology (90 per cent), far beyond the investments planned by the manufacturing sector (80 per cent) and retail and wholesale (75 per cent).  The main challenges that these sectors face are all very similar: costs, complexity of deployment and security. This shows that companies are thinking about IoT solutions as part of their overall business strategy in order to harness the data and intelligence gathered by network monitoring to drive 360-degree business outcomes.

Read about the latest on Partnerships of the Future and get access to the recent findings from the global markets by downloading the IDC InfoBrief, sponsored by Schneider Electric, ‘Embracing Digital Ecosystems to Deliver Intelligent Power Solutions’.  The report explores how we can embrace a digital Ecosystem to deliver intelligent power systems in order to help partners prepare to face any challenges ahead and how they can work with Schneider Electric to be future ready.

About Schneider Electric

Schneider’s purpose is to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. We call this Life Is On.

Our mission is to be your digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency.

We drive digital transformation by integrating world-leading process and energy technologies, end-point to cloud connecting products, controls, software and services, across the entire lifecycle, enabling integrated company management, for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries.

We are the most local of global companies. We are advocates of open standards and partnership ecosystems that are passionate about our shared Meaningful Purpose, Inclusive and Empowered values.

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