Japan Small and Medium Business 2015 Top 10 Predictions

Japan Small and Medium Business 2015 Top 10 Predictions

This IDC study sums up the market trends, product and solution trends, vendor and channel trends, and the business climate for user companies in the Japan small- and medium-sized business (SMB) IT market in 2015.

Hitoshi Ichimura, IDC Japan's IT spending research manager, argues: "In 2015, the Japan SMB IT market will have a low rate of growth, remaining nearly flat. However, I believe that many SMBs will increase their IT spending for reasons including compliance with the 'My Number' system and the end of support for Windows Server 2003. Vendors should see these developments as opportunities and aggressively propose IT solutions that can contribute to resolving problems that company management faces."

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Definition of SMB
Situation Overview
Future Outlook
1. Because the outlook for the Japanese economy is uncertain, the Japan SMB IT market will remain nearly flat in 2015, growing by only 0.4% YoY
2. The fields of IT services and medicine will have relatively high levels of growth, as will the public sector and public utilities, which look forward to reforms to the electric power system
3. Although IT spending in the Kanto Region — which includes Tokyo Metropolis — and in the Kinki Region is expected to have a positive rate of growth, other regions in Japan will experience low rates of growth, leading to increased polarization among regions
4. In primary industries, interest in ICT utilization will increase because of such factors as "Smart Agriculture" and what the Japanese government calls "senary industrialization"; ICT use will thus proceed from the testing phase to practical implementation
5. Overseas expansion will accelerate, largely in the manufacturing industry; there will be more need for solutions that offer "system linkages," particularly between company headquarters and overseas locations
6. Competition over SaaS-based online "business marketplaces" for SMBs will begin in earnest, largely among leading vendors and telecommunications providers
7. There will be broader use of public clouds, particularly among upper- and lower-mid-sized companies and especially through the use of IaaS/PaaS
8. Mobile solutions will be used significantly more in the places where actual work is done, and the ability to develop and to provide support for the implementation of highly usable "on-the-ground solutions" will decide the fates of providers
9. Leading vendors will increasingly revise — again — their systems for providing solutions to SMBs
10. Mergers, acquisitions, and other forms of corporate restructuring will continue because, due to long-lasting regional economic stagnation, an increasing number of system integrators and distributors are performing sluggishly
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