2013-12-12 15:36:11 - Fast Market Research recommends "ICT budget and staffing trends in Education - Enterprise ICT investment plans" from Strategic Defence Intelligence, now available
This report presents the findings from a survey of 164 educational institutions regarding their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) budgets and staff allocation. The survey investigates how educational institutions currently allocate their ICT budgets across the core areas of 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.
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What is the current market landscape and what is changing?
The education sector has come a long way in terms of ICT adoption, from the selective usage of technology to mainstream adoption. The use of ICT promises to change the way that education
is imparted, with institutions gradually moving away from printed textbooks to adopt digital content. Institutions' commitment to switch to online learning platforms requires them to make extensive investments in upgrading their technology infrastructure.
What are the key drivers behind recent market changes?
The need to roll out digital content is driving educational institutions to make sizeable investments in their core ICT categories of hardware, software, and IT services. The growing demand for online, mobile and flexible learning systems are influencing the ICT demand in this sector.
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 160+ ICT decision makers in the education sector 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 money is being spent in areas such as the data centre, applications, IT management and the network.
Establish how IT staff are typically allocated within educational institutions.
Gain insight into with whom educational institutions plan to spend their ICT money.
Key Market Issues
Educational institutions (mostly in the higher education segment), are prioritizing their investments in data centres. They are allocating the largest proportion of their total ICT budgets to their data centres in 2013.
As the number of users (students and staff ) accessing network resources is increasing, educational institutions' ICT budget allocation for improving the network infrastructure is expected to remain high in 2013.
Kable's survey shows that educational institutions are allocating a significant proportion of their hardware budgets on setting up and maintaining their server infrastructure, which runs their virtual learning environments and other educational applications.
Kable's survey shows that institutions are also investing a substantial proportion of their ICT budgets on educational software (such as curriculum and e-learning software).
The growing use of mobile devices have increased IT management and security issues for institutions and as a result institutions are spending on average 14% and 12% of their total software budgets on IT management and security software.
Kable's survey shows that educational institutions' hardware budgets are dominated by spending on clients, with average allocation of X% to this category.
The survey also indicates that institutions are investing about 16% of their software budgets on SaaS based solutions such as office productivity applications, which is indicative of the growing acceptance of such solutions in the sector.
A large proportion of educational institutions' software budgets is being spent on application lifecycle management solutions, which enable them to design, develop, implement, and test custom software applications.
With average budget allocations of 13%, educational institutions' spending on IT consultants and contractors is moderate and Kable believes that consulting and systems integration opportunities in the sector will always increase where there are institutional mergers and partnerships.
According to Kable's survey, fixed voice communications receives the largest share of educational institutions' telecommunications budgets.
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