Despite an increase in global IT budgets, Europe has predicted the lowest growth for 2015 compared to other global regions, a Computer Weekly/TechTarget survey has revealed.
The 2015 IT Priorities report, which surveyed more than 1,000 IT professionals worldwide, found that only 3.6% of European businesses predicted an increase in IT budgets this year, compared to more than 9% in the Middle East, 8.7% in South America, 8.7% in Africa, 8.4% in Asia Pacific and 5.7% in North America.
Across Europe more than a third of businesses (37%) said they expected their IT budgets to stay the same for 2015. Just 18% predicted an increase of more than 10%, while 19% predicted an increase of 5%-10% and 10% forecasting an increase by less than 5% (Image 1).
Last year, 36% predicted European IT budgets to stay the same when compared to 2013 with 19% anticipating an increase of more than 10%.
Across the pond, 20% of North American businesses predicted an IT budget increase by more than 10%. Increases in budget by 5-10% were cited by 30% of survey respondents (Image 2).
Asia Pacific also predicted higher increases than Europe, with 32% forecasting an increase on more than 10%, and 33% expecting increases of between 5%-10% (Image 3).
Within Europe, Germany cited the highest increase in IT budgets for 2015 with 18% IT professionals expecting budget increases of more than 10%, and 20% of them forecast an increase of 5%-10%.
Of the UK IT professionals surveyed, 16% predicted an increase of more than 10% and 25% predicting increases of 5%-10%.
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France had the lowest growth rate in Europe with only 13% predicting an increase by more than 10% and 15% predicting an increase by 5%-10%.
What’s the money going on?
Globally, the most respondents (48%) said they plan to use or maintain their budgets in software and 45% said hardware. Thirty-nine percent cited using or maintaining budgets for cloud services (Image 4).
Across Europe, as a whole, 39% of businesses said budgets will increase in cloud services and 34% predicted software. Hardware was cited by 31% of businesses, followed by outside services at 27%, staff at 25% and maintenance at 18% (Image 5).
The UK, Germany and France showed different priorities for 2015 with most UK IT pros (40%) predicting that their budget increases will be spent on staff, whereas in France, most (44%) said their budget increase will be spent on more cloud services. In Germany the majority (39%) said they plan to use budget increases on investments in hardware.
Europe as a whole predicted a decrease in spending on hardware (44%) (Image 6).
Globally the majority of respondents (40%) said their companies will focus on data centre consolidation in 2015(Image 7).
For 2015, 38% of European IT professionals said their companies plan to implement mobility as a main priority. This was followed by datacentre consolidation (33%), big data (26%), compliance (22%), unified communications (22%), social media collaboration (20%), video conferencing (14%), and internet of things (13%) (Image 8).
In the UK, mobility (42%) and compliance (31%) were top priorities for 2015 – a similar picture in Germany, which put mobility as top (34%), followed by compliance (28%).
However, despite France citing mobility as top priority (40%), this was followed by datacentre consolidation (34%) and big data (27%). Only 15% of French IT pros said compliance was a priority for them this year.