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

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

Management Report
Published: May 2013
Pages: 30
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 197 Chinese enterprises regarding their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) budgets and staff allocation. The survey investigates how Chinese 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?
Chinese enterprises are showing a positive trend in terms of their IT spending, but the allocation of their ICT budgets is highly influenced by the global economic environment.

What are the key drivers behind recent market changes?
Optimism regarding spending within enterprises reflects a confidence in China's regional economic performance, as well as enterprises' need to adopt better technology to compete effectively in a tough global environment.

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 IT Budgets. Very few IT analyst houses will have interviewed 190+ ICT decision makers in the Chinese 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 budgets are allocated across the core elements of ICT spend, including hardware, software, services, communications and consulting.

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

Establish how IT staff are typically allocated within Chinese organizations.

Gain insight into with whom Chinese enterprises plan to spend their ICT Yuan.

Key Market Issues
Despite budgetary pressures, Chinese enterprises are allocating considerable budgets to their IT infrastructure staff in order to improve operational efficiencies and remain competitive in their respective markets.

Currently, 11% of Chinese enterprise hardware budget is currently being spent on servers. The growing number of data transactions across major vertical markets such as financial services, manufacturing, and retail, are expected to drive the demand for servers further.

According to Kable's survey, a noticeable portion of the average enterprise software budget is being allocated to SaaS, as enterprises in China value the potential of reducing the total cost of ownership of their software.

A significant proportion of the software budget is allocated to application lifecycle to modernise Chinese enterprises' existing applications and provide robust integration frameworks.

With the constant rise in employee mobility and a greater demand for smart devices, Chinese enterprises are becoming more cautious about the potential threats of security breaches and data theft, and a significant proportion of their IT services budgets is being allocated to tackle security issues in these areas.

Key Highlights
The survey suggests that Chinese enterprises are investing significantly in data centres. With enterprise data accumulating at a rapid pace, it has become imperative for Chinese enterprises (especially those in information intensive industries such as financial services, retail, and healthcare) to make further investments in their data centres.

Spending with third parties amounts to almost 78% of Chinese enterprises' ICT budgets.

The survey shows that with an allocation of 23%, client computing dominates Chinese enterprises' hardware budgets.

Kable's survey indicates that with an average allocation of 18%, enterprise applications constitute the highest proportion of Chinese enterprises' software budgets.

Kable's survey reveals that Chinese enterprises have been focusing on building robust telecommunications networks, with a major portion of the average telecommunications budget mainly being allocated to data, followed by mobile voice, and fixed voice.

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