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ICT investment trends in Ireland; Enterprise ICT spending patterns through to the end of 2016

ICT investment trends in Ireland; Enterprise ICT spending patterns through to the end of 2016

Summary

Irish enterprises are prioritizing investment in various ICT domains in 2015 to achieve sustainable economic growth and competitiveness. Additionally, foreign direct investment (FDI) in various ICT investment programs and the announcement of various e-government initiatives, creation of new job opportunities, and technology transfer and stimulation of competition & innovation are propelling growth in the region’s ICT industry

Key Findings

Kable’s survey shows that conservative Irish enterprises are investing a high proportion of their ICT budgets in the core ICT domains of software and hardware in 2015, followed by IT services

In order to take precautions against thefts and security breaches, Irish enterprises are moving their data onto the private cloud

Pricing remains the most important criterion when choosing an ICT provider

Synopsis

ICT investment trends in Ireland presents the findings from a survey of 31 Irish enterprises regarding their Information & Communications Technology (ICT) investment trends. The survey investigates how Irish enterprises currently allocate their ICT budgets across the core areas of enterprise ICT expenditure: hardware, software, IT services, communications, and consulting.

The report illustrates the core technologies enterprises are investing in, including enterprise applications, business intelligence, security products, mobility technologies, communications & collaboration technologies, and network services. Understand the approach adopted by enterprises in Ireland to purchase technology and get a better insight into ICT vendors and services providers when pitching their solutions to enterprises in Ireland.

In particular, it provides an in-depth analysis of the following:

How ICT budgets are set to change in 2015 in terms of their overall size

Allocation across the core elements of IT spend, including hardware, software, services, communications, and consulting

Distribution of ICT Euros in areas such as the networks, applications, service desk, and data centers

Which ICT functions Irish enterprises are interested in outsourcing

Irish enterprises’ investment priorities based on their budget allocations across core technology categories such as enterprise applications, business intelligence, security products, mobility technologies, communications & collaboration technologies, and network services

Factors that are influencing Irish enterprises’ investments in each technology category

How Irish enterprises’ IT budgets are currently allocated across various segments within a technology category

Irish enterprises’ distribution of their ICT budget across various segments within a technology category

Vendor satisfaction ratings for various core and advanced technology categories

Insight into Irish enterprises’ preferred buying approaches

Business and IT objectives that Irish enterprises are looking to achieve through their IT investment strategies

Factors that are influencing Irish enterprises’ decisions to select an ICT provider

Reasons To Buy

Understand how Irish enterprise ICT landscape is set to change in 2015 to prioritize your target market

Comprehend how ICT Euros are being allocated by Irish enterprises in specific verticals and size bands to improve your market penetration

Make effective business decisions by recognizing the opportunities within each of the core areas of ICT spend (hardware, software, IT services, telecommunications, and consulting)

Realign your sales initiatives by understanding the current strategic objectives of Irish enterprises

Enhance your market segmentation with the included, detailed breakdown of opportunities within selected technology categories (enterprise application, business intelligence, and security products)

Prioritize your focus areas by understanding which factors are influencing Irish enterprises’ decisions when selecting an ICT provider

Understand the changes in customers’ priorities and identify the business and IT objectives that Irish enterprises are looking to achieve through their ICT investment strategies


1 Trends in ICT budgets
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Survey demographics
1.3 ICT budget changes
1.4 ICT budget allocation by core technology area
1.4.1 Hardware budget breakdown
1.4.2 Software budget breakdowns
1.4.3 Third party IT services expenditure
1.4.4 Cloud computing budget
1.5 ICT budget allocation by function
1.6 Outsourced IT functions
2 ICT investment priorities and vendor satisfaction
2.1 Introduction
2.1.1 Enterprise applications
2.1.2 Business intelligence
2.1.3 Security products
2.1.4 Mobility
2.1.5 Communications & collaboration
2.1.6 Network services
3 ICT procurement trends
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Business objectives and IT objectives influencing IT investment strategy
3.3 ICT provider selection
4 Summary
4.1 Irish enterprises are aggressively investing in various ICT domains in 2015 to drive growth
5 Appendix
5.1 Definitions
5.2 Further reading
5.3 Contact the authors
List of Figures
Figure 1: Irish enterprise ICT survey industry breakdown
Figure 2: Irish enterprise ICT survey breakdown by size band (number of employees)
Figure 3: Recent and expected ICT budget changes among Irish enterprises
Figure 4: Irish enterprises’ (external) ICT budget allocation, 2014 and 2015
Figure 5: Irish enterprises’ average hardware budget allocation
Figure 6: Average allocation of software budgets in Irish enterprise market
Figure 7: Irish enterprises’ average IT services budget allocation
Figure 8: Irish enterprises’ average cloud computing budget allocation by technology
Figure 9: Irish enterprises’ average cloud computing budget allocation by implementation type
Figure 10: Irish enterprises’ ICT budget allocation by function, 2014 and 2015
Figure 11: Outsourced IT functions – Irish enterprises’ current and future outsourcing priorities
Figure 12: Enterprise applications – Irish enterprises’ current and future investment priorities
Figure 13: Business intelligence – Irish enterprises’ current and future investment priorities
Figure 14: Security products – Irish enterprises’ current and future investment priorities
Figure 15: Mobility – Irish enterprises’ current and future investment priorities
Figure 16: Communications & collaboration – Irish enterprises’ current and future investment priorities
Figure 17: Network services – Irish enterprises’ current and future investment priorities
Figure 18: Business objectives and IT objectives which influence Irish enterprises' IT investment strategy
Figure 19: Factors influencing Irish enterprises' decision to choose an ICT provider

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