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ICT budget and staffing trends in Belgium - Enterprise ICT investment plans to 2013

ICT budget and staffing trends in Belgium - Enterprise ICT investment plans to 2013

Management Report
Published: February 2013
Pages: 37
Research from: Kable
Sector: Information & Communications Technology

From: GBP 750.00
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Product Synopsis
This report presents the findings from a survey of 58 Belgian enterprises regarding their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) budgets and staff allocation. The survey investigates how Belgian enterprises currently allocate their ICT budgets across the core areas of enterprise ICT spend, namely hardware, software, IT services, communications and consulting.

Introduction and Landscape
Why was the report written?
In order to provide a depth of insight into ICT vendors' and service providers' potential customers.

What is the current market landscape and what is changing?
Belgian enterprises have been a little conservative with regards to their ICT investments, with cost cutting high on their agendas. However, with an encouraging economic forecast, the number of Belgian enterprises who intend to slightly increase or maintain their ICT budget is likely to witness an upward trend in 2013.

What are the key drivers behind recent market changes?
Increased adoption of SaaS and virtualization technology is going to drive the Belgian IT market as enterprises are looking to reduce their IT expenses and improve the flexibility of their operations.

What makes this report unique and essential to read?
Kable Global ICT Intelligence has invested significant resources in order to interview CIOs and IT managers about their ICT Budgets. Very few IT analyst houses will have interviewed 50+ ICT decision makers in Belgium market in H2 2012.

Key Features and Benefits
Understand how ICT budgets are set to change in 2013 in terms of their overall size.

Appreciate how ICT budgets are allocated across the core elements of IT spend, including hardware, software, services, communications and consulting.

Learn how ICT Euros are being spent in areas such as the data centre, applications, IT management and the network.

Establish how IT staff are typically allocated within Belgian organizations.

Gain insight into with whom Belgian enterprises plan to spend their ICT Euros.

Key Market Issues
Impacted by ongoing debt crisis and Euro zone cuts, Enterprise ICT spending is anticipated to witness a slow growth.

In 2013, Belgian enterprises are most likely to reduce their hardware and communication expenditure nominally (by x%) but will slightly increase their spending on software and services.

The proportion of the budget invested in datacenters for vertical sectors such as financial markets, government, insurance, education, utilities, and healthcare will remain flat in 2013 in comparison to 2012.

In 2013, there is a minor reduction in the budget allocated to third party providers such as technology vendors, telcos, and system integrators, compared to 2012.

SMEs are planning to reduce their investment in end-user computing, networks, and service desks in 2013, whereas for large enterprises the proportion of the ICT budget allocated to these areas will be flat.

Key Highlights
According to survey, there is a x% increase in the number of Belgian SMEs that are looking to increase their ICT budget slightly, compared to 2012.

In 2012, the highest proportion of Belgian enterprises' total ICT budget (x%) was on datacenters (both in-house and hosted), which is likely to be maintained in 2013.

Belgian enterprises are also looking at reducing their total cost of ownership, by adopting SaaS which accounts for x% of Belgian enterprises' total software spend.

Belgian enterprises are allocating x% of their total IT consulting service spending on disaster recovery and business continuity planning in order to future proof a robust working environment

Belgian enterprises are gradually replacing their fixed voice infrastructure by converged voice and data networks, based on MPLS and VPN technologies, which currently constitute x% of total telecommunications budgets

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