Is your IT infrastructure management strategy ready to make the leap from the US to EMEA? Discover the best practice strategy to help establish your operations.
Picture this: your organization has recognized the advantages of scaling into a new market outside the US, and the business case for a new HQ in EMEA has been approved. But to make your expansion plan a reality and ensure a seamless setup process, you need to prioritize building an IT infrastructure that’s fit for purpose in Europe—ensuring there’s no supply chain downtime or loss of workforce productivity. That means having a strategy in place that combines localized vendor knowledge and relationships, with rapid scalability. In this blog, we highlight the most important IT infrastructure management considerations you need to make before establishing an HQ in EMEA, and how outsourcing to a specialist vendor can help save costs and boost efficiency.
Nail your strategy for growth today—and tomorrow
There are several advantages to setting up an HQ in EMEA, such as the time zone (which positions it well between Europe and the US), and the sheer size of the market opportunity. But it’s vital to ensure you’ve considered your strategy, policy, organization, and systems carefully. So, we’ve come up with four top tips to help you execute your IT procurement, support your offices and people, and ensure your operations hit the ground running from day one.
Make your life easier—work in your mother-tongue
Traditionally, many organizations would have chosen the UK as their European base—not least because it’s English-speaking. But Brexit means there’s a real risk that running intra-Europe operations from the UK will become more difficult in the near future. The solution is finding a country in EMEA that’s primarily English-speaking, and that offers freedom of movement across borders—as is the case with any European Union member state. You also want to make sure that whichever country you choose, it has widespread multi-language capabilities. Speaking of which…
Consider multi-language capabilities
It’s also vitally important to consider how you will operate across other European countries—especially if your organization has its sights set on future expansion into these territories. Because Ireland attracts a significant number of highly-skilled workers from all over the world, it makes working with other countries a lot easier, and helps you gain a competitive advantage in IT procurement in Ireland.
Use Ireland’s reputation to your advantage
Ireland has a rich technology heritage and attracts some of the world’s biggest and most influential organizations to establish HQs in the country. But why is this important for your procurement efforts? It means the skills base available in the country is significantly higher than many other parts of EMEA—so you can get the best people for the job on your new doorstep. What’s more, the advantages localized knowledge provides can’t be overstated. It not only gives you unique insight into how your new market works, but also offers a rich understanding of legislation and trade—which often differs significantly from the US.
Outsource the responsibility to an experienced vendor
So the business case for EMEA—and specifically Ireland—is strong, but what’s the most efficient way to hassle-free IT infrastructure management? You could manage the process internally and source local vendors yourself, but this can be a slow process and will require a significant up-front investment. A better way is to use an experienced outsourced IT procurement vendor—with established networks in EMEA—and who will understand your exact requirements.
(In fact, we highlighted in our previous blog how an outsourced IT procurement vendor—based in Europe—gives you the best foundation to scale your operations.)
IT procurement is easy with the right know-how
At Arkphire, helping US-based organizations establish a base in Ireland and EMEA is in our DNA. Indeed, we’ve worked with some of North America’s biggest companies to give them the necessary tools to scale and prosper in Europe.
For example, we’ve been working with technology giant Google for over 14 years to help it source, design, and build its IT products and solutions across EMEA—supporting its growth and innovation in new markets.
And it’s not just US companies that take advantage. Dublin-based law firm ByrneWallace worked with us to help support its in-house IT function with effective and secure IT services. The firm is now exploring how to expand its infrastructure using Arkphire.