Sector increases IT spending
Spending in the Irish information management sector is to rise, research sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers has indicated.
According to the findings, 58 per cent of organisations sampled have allocated a budget in excess of €80,000 for this year and a further 19 per cent plan to spend more than ten times that amount in the same time period.
The research was carried out by iTx and sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers. ITx is the organiser of this month’s Info Ireland event, held on September 10th and 11th at Dublin’s Burlington Hotel.
The public sector has emerged as the largest market for information management technologies, currently representing 39 per cent of activity across the island of Ireland and reaching more than 70 per cent in Northern Ireland. Government initiatives and targets are driving investment in this sector, with e-Service delivery over the Internet and records management projects topping the poll of activities.
The research also highlights the biggest challenges facing organisations in planning and managing implementations. Roger Crumpton, Managing Director of iTx, comments on this aspect of the research, ‘It’s not the issue of understanding the technology that holds people back. There is little doubt from our findings that information management technologies are mainstream and reliable, however, it’s lack of experience and difficulty in specifying requirements, which are the barriers to faster deployment.’