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This report presents the findings from a survey of 136 UK enterprises regarding their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) investment priorities. The survey investigates the core technologies which UK enterprises are investing in, including the likes of enterprise applications, security, mobility, communications and collaboration, and Cloud Computing
Introduction and Landscape
Why was the report written?
In order to provide deeper insights into UK enterprises' ICT investment priorities and strategic objectives.
What is the current market landscape and what is changing?
Apart from investing on core technologies such as security and enterprise applications, UK firms are also expected to channel their investments to advanced technologies such as mobility and cloud computing.
What are the key drivers behind recent market changes?
While increasing employee productivity and rising operational efficiency is fuelling the adoption of enterprise mobility, demand for cloud computing is driven by factors such as lowering cost and complexity.
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 investment priorities. Very few IT analyst houses will have interviewed 130+ ICT decision makers in the UK market in H2 2012.
Key Features and Benefits
Recognize UK enterprises' strategic objectives with regards to their ICT investments.
Identify UK enterprises' investment priorities based on their budget allocations across core technology categories such as enterprise applications, security, mobility, communications and collaboration, and Cloud Computing, etc.
Learn about the drivers that are influencing UK enterprises' investments in each technology category.
Establish how UK enterprises' ICT budgets are currently allocated across various segments within a technology category.
Gain insight into how UK enterprises plan to change their ICT budget allocations across various segments within a technology category.
Key Market Issues
Kable's survey shows that despite the continuing economic uncertainty putting pressure on ICT budgets, security is expected to remain a key priority amongst UK enterprises.
The increasing complexity of ICT infrastructure and the need for its effective management is driving the demand for IT systems management, which is made apparent from the survey, where X% of enterprises are already investing in this technology and Y% of enterprises are planning investments in the coming two years.
Enterprises believe that video conferencing solutions decrease carbon footprint by reducing the amount of travel, thereby aiding organizations which are geographically dispersed.
Despite the uncertain economic conditions across Europe and the UK government's large-scale austerity measures to reduce public sector ICT spend, the vast majority of respondents from Kable's survey have hinted that their ICT budgets will remain at the same level or witness an increase in 2013, compared to 2012.
Mobile enterprise applications will allow employees to access and interact with real-time data on handheld devices, which accelerates the pace of decision-making, improves operations, and increases employee productivity.
The enterprise applications segment is expected to receive considerable investments in the next two years, as X% of UK enterprises are planning further investments in this domain.
Enterprises are inclined to make investments in analytics as it enables them to solve business problems, which is evident from the survey, where X% of enterprises are planning further investments in this domain.
E-mail Archiving and Document Management are the most widely used ECM technologies in the UK, with penetration rates of X% and X% respectively.
Enterprises' increasing concerns over environmental sustainability and reducing their carbon footprint is driving the demand for technologies such as green IT and virtualization.
According to Kable's survey, X% and X% of respondents plan to invest in hybrid cloud and private cloud, respectively , as a means to move and run their legacy applications in a virtual environment, add scalability and provide flexibility with regards to workload location, thereby reducing overall enterprise costs.