The Economist has a post on how Facility Operations companies are attempting to expand beyond their current markets. This market is huge.
Big outsourcing firms find that escaping the crowd is not so easy
Mar 15th 2014 | From the print edition|
One company that caught my eye is Sodexo because a friend works in the food service business andI was curious if their company does any work in data centers.
ISS’s larger main rival, Sodexo, sees the market in much the same light. The family-controlled French firm was originally known for running canteens in offices, hospitals and schools, diversifying into lucrative luncheon vouchers and employee benefits. It grew big in the 1980s as more businesses joined the outsourcing trend and bigger still when governments, beginning with Britain’s, started setting up public-private partnerships to build and run facilities. When “soft” services like catering and cleaning showed signs of becoming commodities, Sodexo expanded into “hard” services such as building maintenance and energy management. Acquisitions came thick and fast, helping Sodexo increase its foreign operations too.
Digging a bit I found there are 24 data centers the company lists, but I don’t know of any of data center friends who use Sodexo.
Many more friends have been switching to Norland Managed Services.