Feeds

European governments cautious on IT spend

Outsourcing still popular

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

Government IT spend is likely to increase again this year, according to analyst house IDC, but at a more cautious rate than has been seen recently.

A pan-European survey found that almost a quarter of central government bodies plan to find extra money for new IT initiatives, but only one in ten expects to spend more on maintenance and upgrades. IDC also found at least a quarter of central governments and almost one in five local authorities were still planning to outsource a lot of their IT.

"IT vendors that want to capture a share of this IS budget need to promote offerings that target the needs of the fastest growing segments and build partner ecosystems that put them in the right channel," said Massimiliano Claps, program manager, Public Sector, IDC European Vertical Markets.

The survey also found that low ownership costs and technical skills rank as the top priorities for local and central governments when choosing IT providers. The biggest winners are likely to be systems integrators, IDC says, as 34 per cent of all respondents said SI companies and consultants would be their first port of call for new IT. ®

Related stories

MPs want openness on government IT
Firemen challenge £31m planned IT bill
UK eGov projects drive Europe's public IT spend

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.