Business Focus is a weekly column providing at-a-glance statistics and commentary on spending priorities and trends in particular sectors. This week we look at the construction industry.
Large construction firms spend an average of £10,285 per desktop each year on IT - more than 20% above the UK-wide business average of £8,455. This differential is even more marked in small and medium sized construction firms, where the average spend is £5,307 per desktop against an SME industry average of £3,132.
The sector is becoming increasingly dependent on IT, with firms installing systems to handle key business functions such as design, procurement and information management.
Successful construction relies on strong project management, and the building industry has long been held up as an exemplar for IT project managers to learn from. One development in this area is the growing use of web-based collaboration systems to manage projects.
Independent research commissioned by the industry found that 74% of construction customers want their contractors to have experience of using web-based systems - or project extranets - to deliver construction projects. The Proving Collaboration Pays study by Benchmark Research, also found that project teams welcomed the greater control over projects that collaboration technologies gave them.
The analysis is based on Computer Weekly's database of more than 60,000 IT budget holders, twice yearly user IT expenditure surveys, CBI/Kew senior executive surveys, government surveys, government demographic data, HM Treasury economic forecasts and Cambridge Econometrics industry sector forecasts.
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