BT and enterprise IT and comms specialist Daisy Group have signed a six-year, £70 million partnership as Gartner revealed Brexit will hit IT spending patterns.

The deal gives Daisy and its 60,000 customers access to BT’s Wholesale Hosted Centrex (WHC) platform.

This offers cloud-based unified communications services, including HD voice services, call analytics and web collaboration.

As part of the deal, Daisy’s services will be migrated to the platform over the next 18 months.

In return, Daisy will re-sell BT’s platform services to its wholesale partners and through its retail channel.

Gerry McQuade, CEO of BT Wholesale and Ventures, said: “Many businesses are now hosting their communication services using cloud technology to make them accessible to all, using any fixed or mobile device, at any time, wherever they might be.

“We believe the rapid pace of change will continue over the coming years, and we’re looking forward to helping both Daisy and BT customers reap the benefits that change will bring.”

Daisy Group CEO Neil Muller added: “This collaboration with BT ensures that we are at the forefront of providing the latest in cloud solutions, increasing customers’ levels of capability and confidence as they continue to manage the relentlessness of technological change.”

However, according to a new forecast from Gartner, the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will erode business confidence and cause price increases that will impact IT spending in the UK, Western Europe and even worldwide.

The research house has revised its 2016 IT spending forecast, which covers data centre systems, software, devices, IT and comms services, from minus 0.5 percent to zero, but this was done before the Brexit vote.

Research Vice President John-David Lovelock said: "2016 marked the start of an amazing dichotomy.

“The pace of change in IT will never again be as slow as it is now, but global IT spending growth is best described as lackluster.

"2016 is the year that business focus turns to digital business, the Internet of Things and even algorithmic business.

“To fund these new initiatives, many businesses are turning to cost optimisation efforts centering around the new digital alternatives (for example, SaaS instead of software licenses, VoLTE instead of cellular and digital personal assistants instead of people) to save money, simplify operations and speed time to value.”

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