panel discussion at data centre world london

The supply chain challenge and how valued partnerships can de-risk disruption

Onnec joined the conference line up for Data Centre World London 2024, hosting an engaging panel discussion on how partnerships with key vendors can de-risk the supply chain and enable operators to overcome their challenges. Moderated by Onnec’s Matt Salter, our panelists included Michael Akinla, Business Manager at Panduit, and Mike Buckingham, COO at Quantum Switch. The session fostered peer discussions, encouraged debate and enabled delegates to share views on real life business challenges.

Here are the key takeaways from the discussion:

  • All Data Centre developers want predictability within the supply chain.
  • Rising global costs are pressurising the data centre construction supply chain. Working together with expert partners to provide the right people on site, can help alleviate these challenges.
  • Some operators may find themselves tempted to buy direct to save costs – but it is important to have the resources and skill sets available to manage the supply chain, or the upfront savings can quickly be out weighed by additional costs.
  • Transparent relationships and early engagement can mitigate risks and solve problems later down the project lifecycle.
  • Leverage partner support to secure a robust supply chain and delivery confidence in emerging markets.
  • Data centre operators face increasing pressure to align with sustainable practices and report on ESG metrics. To avoid revenue loss and reputational damage, they need partners that support and abide by this approach.
  • Due to an ongoing and increasing skill shortage, organisations need to cultivate a policy for hiring, training and development. eg: apprenticeship programmes.
  • Employing and training local talent will leave a legacy for future developments.

To learn more, dive into our latest eBook exploring the supply chain challenges and the solutions an expert partner, like Onnec can provide.

A solid partnership

Onnec sits at the centre of connections and is a single provider of multi-layered data centre solutions. As a Gold Panduit Partner, Onnec is trained and certified to design, develop, and deploy high-performing electrical and network infrastructure that drives the business of tomorrow.

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