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2013-12-13 11:55:11 - New Software research report from Strategic Defence Intelligence is now available from Fast Market Research

Product Synopsis
This report presents the findings from a survey of 166 manufacturers regarding their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) budgets and staff allocation. The survey investigates how manufacturers 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.

What is the current market landscape and what is changing?
ICT expenditure was always overlooked as an expense in the manufacturing industry. With business process streamlining as a key priority, manufacturers are increasing their ICT spending to improve their operational efficiency and remain competitive by making investments in the likes of enterprise applications.


are the key drivers behind recent market changes?
Technology trends such as supply chain management, enterprise resource planning, and business intelligence are primarily influencing the ICT investments in this sector. Increasing patent violations are also compelling manufacturers to invest in IT security solutions.

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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 manufacturing industry 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 manufacturers.

Gain insight into with whom manufacturers plan to spend their ICT money.

Key Market Issues
Technology expenditure amongst manufacturers is being driven by their need to improve efficiency and quality through the adoption of technologies such as computer aided manufacturing (CAM) and computer aided design (CAD).

In addition to spending on in-house data centres, manufacturers are looking to outsource their data centre operations as they offer considerable advantages, such as cost reduction and ease of management.

According to Kable's survey, manufacturers are spending the highest proportion of their ICT budgets on internal development and maintenance in 2012 and 2013, primarily to strengthen their in-house project development capabilities, support innovation, and increase transparency.

A considerable portion of IT consulting budgets is also being channelled to training, education and other consulting, since it is important for manufacturers' IT staff to have the necessary skills and knowledge required for the smooth running of their operations.

Due to the diversified geographic coverage of manufacturers, telecommunications assumes an important role in bringing down costs and increasing connectivity and collaboration across various manufacturing units and other functional areas.

Key Highlights
Kable's survey highlights that manufacturers are allocating a major portion (68%) of their ICT budgets collectively on hardware, software, and IT services in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

The survey shows that manufacturers are allocating the highest proportion of their IT staff to applications, closely followed by infrastructure.

A large proportion of the average hardware budget is currently being allocated to clients owing to the increasing adoption of devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

To avoid overhead costs, manufacturers are allocating 22% of their total software budgets to SaaS, which provides a range of advantages such as significant cost savings, on-demand computing power, faster upgrades, and scalability.

The survey shows that manufacturers are spending a major portion of their IT services budgets on custom application development and application integration, to ensure that their application environment supports various enterprise technologies.

About Strategic Defence Intelligence

Strategic Defence Intelligence provides a stream of continuously updated customer and competitor intelligence, as well as detailed research reports providing an unrivalled source of global information on the latest developments in the defence industry. View more research from Strategic Defence Intelligence at

About Fast Market Research

Fast Market Research is an online aggregator and distributor of market research and business information. We represent the world's top research publishers and analysts and provide quick and easy access to the best competitive intelligence available.

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