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European 2015 End-User Priorities and Software Spending Plans

European 2015 End-User Priorities and Software Spending Plans

This IDC study presents the results of a recent IDC survey of 1,451 European organizations' IT decision makers and influencers from small, midsize, and large enterprises. The respondents were asked about their IT and business priorities, spending plans, and software procurement processes for 2015. Additionally, it inquired into their plans and attitudes regarding a number of software issues including cloud computing, mobile devices, Big Data, IT security, and social software in the enterprise. This study specifically looks at IT and business priorities. Furthermore, it provides actionable advice for IT vendors and buyers.

"IDC's annual software survey revealed that while European organizations have shifted from a focus on efficiency to one that balances efficiency and growth priorities, the emphasis remains on efficiency. The number 1 focus is quality improvement, followed by cost reduction and business process improvement. Furthermore, the responses illustrate the pressure on IT departments. On one hand, IT departments are expected to play a key role in the transition to digital business models, improve IT security, and improve the usability of the tools for employees. On the other hand, the same IT department is expected to reduce IT costs," said Bo Lykkegaard, research director, IDC European Enterprise Applications. "This seemingly 'mission impossible' of IT is driving new consumption approaches, particularly cloud computing, that enable fast deployment of new solutions without large upfront investments."

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IDC Opinion
In This Study
Situation Overview
Future Outlook
Reducing Costs and Improved Quality and Processes Remain the Main Business Objectives
IT Priorities with Focus on IT Security and End-User Experience
Spending Priorities for European Businesses Remain Unchanged for 2015
Midmarket and Large Organizations Set for Highest Software Spending Growth in 2015
Retailers and Wholesalers Top the Software Spending Increase in 2015
Essential Guidance
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Sample Demographics
Related Research
Figure: Top Business Priorities, 2015
Figure: Top IT Priorities, 2015
Figure: Spending Growth Indicator by Software Area
Figure: Spending Growth Indicator by Company Size Band
Figure: Spending Growth Indicator by Industry
Figure: Respondents by Country
Figure: Respondents by Industry Size
Figure: Respondents by Sector

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