IT Industry Business Confidence Report H2 2015

IT Industry Business Confidence Report H2 2015

Code: KAB-KG4695PR | Published: Sep-2015 | Pages: 51 | Kable
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Respondents feel that the overall business confidence index for H2 2015 (July 2015-December 2015) has reduced in comparison to H1 2015 (January 2015-June 2015), which indicates that IT industry growth is primarily affected due to the economic slowdown in China and Brazil, and uncertainty over Greece economic conditions. However, in spite of a reduction in business confidence index, highest percentage of IT industry executives consider current economic conditions to be stable across the globe and the future outlook remains positive as a result of increasing demand for cloud computing services, and growing demand for software and hardware technologies such as mobility (smart phone applications). Over the next six months the industry would increase its expenditure towards new product development and green initiatives

Key Findings
- The highest percentage of executives indicated a stable economic environment in H2 2015 (July-December 2015)

- Executives who operate in Europe and the Rest of the World expect improvements in customer confidence in H2 2015, as compared to H1 2015 (January-June 2015)

- On average, respondents anticipate the prices of software to increase by 1.6% over the next six months

- Respondents who operate in Asia-Pacific expect staff headcount numbers to increase by 1.1 percentage point in H2 2015, as compared to H1 2015

- Executives foresee an increase in expenditure on new product development and green initiatives over the next six months

Synopsis
Kable's IT Industry Business Confidence Survey H2 2015 examines executive's opinion on business environment over July-December 2015. It also highlights existing economic condition, supplier price variations, sales performance, industry and company growth outlook, spending patterns, and key priorities. Additionally, it provides information categorized by region and presents comparison with H1 2015 wherever applicable.

What else does this report offer?

- Current state of the global economy: examines prevailing economic conditions globally and across various regions

- Company and industry growth outlook: provides industry executives' expectations towards growth prospects of their company and the industry over the next six months

- Change in customer confidence: analyzes IT industry executives' opinion about the change in customer confidence during H2 2015

- Supplier prices projection: determines expected change in supplier prices across various categories and their impact on business confidence

- Change in staff headcount and sales performance: tracks expected change in staff headcount and sales for H2 2015 among industry executives globally

- Significant investment activities: highlights various areas in which industry executives intend to invest over the next six months

- Business concerns: provides information about potential business concerns indicated by survey respondents for H2 2015

- Key priorities: identifies top priorities of industry executives operating in various regions

Reasons To Buy
- Helps organizations to make effective business strategy by knowing the prevailing business conditions and sentiment within the IT industry

- Organizations will be supported in business expansion decisions by providing information about projected change in sales performance and supplier prices

- Helps to improve operational efficiency of the organization by knowing about key priorities and major concerns of IT industry executives

- Helps to alter investment allocation by understanding key focus areas highlighted by survey respondents during H2 2015

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
1.1 Definitions
1.2 Methodology and sample size
1.3 Respondent profile
1.4 Confidence Indexes
1.4.1 Overall confidence index stands at 5.2 for H2 2015 in comparison to 5.8 for H1 2015
2 Economic State, Growth Prospects and Consumer Confidence
2.1 Existing economic environment
2.1.1 Overall, 43% of executives consider the current economic operating conditions to be stable
2.1.2 Economic conditions are deemed to be more favorable in North America, Western Europe, and Asia
2.1.3 Current economic conditions are slightly more favorable in Eastern Europe in H2 2015 when compared to H1 2015
2.1.4 Executives who operate in North America and Asia-Pacific have a more favorable opinion about their region
2.2 Industry and company growth outlook
2.2.1 The majority of industry players expressed an optimistic outlook over company and industry confidence in H2 2015
2.2.2 Respondents have become less optimistic about industry and company growth prospects in H2 2015 as compared to H1 2015
2.2.3 Executives who operate in North America are more optimistic towards company and industry growth over the next six months
2.2.4 Executives operating in the Rest of the World indicate stable levels of industry and company growth prospects in H2 2015 compared to H1 2015
2.3 Expected change in consumer confidence
2.3.1 According to the survey results, 58% of executives project a positive change in customer confidence over the next six months
2.3.2 Executives who operate in North America expect a significant increase in customer confidence in H2 2015
2.3.3 Executives who operate in Europe expect a seven percentage point increase in customer confidence levels in H2 2015 compared to H1 2015
3 Supplier Prices, Staff Headcount and Sales Performance
3.1 Supplier prices expectations
3.1.1 Business executives operating in North America expect to see a sharp increase in software product prices in H2 2015
3.1.2 Of IT industry executives, 23% anticipate an increase of '2% to 5.99%' in prices for software products
3.1.3 Executives operating in North America expect the highest increases in software prices in H2 2015 compared to H1 2015
3.1.4 Overall, 21% of respondents operating in Europe anticipate no change in hardware product prices
3.1.5 Executives operating in North America and Asia-Pacific expect a significant decrease in hardware prices in H2 2015 compared to H1 2015
3.1.6 Globally, respondents anticipate an average increase of 2.6% in 'power and energy' prices in H2 2015
3.1.7 Regardless of region of operation, executives expect an increase in power and energy prices in H2 2015 compared to H1 2015
3.1.8 Overall, 15% of executives who operate in North America anticipate an increase of more than 10% in consulting prices over the next six months
3.1.9 Executives operating in Asia-Pacific expect a slight decrease of 0.3 percentage points in consulting prices in H2 2015 compared to H1 2015
3.2 Anticipated change in staff head count and sales projections
3.2.1 Compared to H1 2015, the projected staff head count is higher in the Asia-Pacific and the Rest of the World region in H2 2015
3.3 Anticipated change in spend on key activities
3.3.1 New product development and green initiatives are the areas where executives expect to spend more over the next six months
3.3.2 Survey results indicate no change in spending on green initiatives in H2 2015 as compared to H1 2015
4 Business Concerns and Organizational Priorities
4.1 Level of concerns and expected impact
4.1.1 Economical, industrial, and societal issues can impact customer and business confidence and can be difficult to ascertain
4.1.2 Cyber crime activities and the performance of the Eurozone are the biggest concerns for industry executives operating in Europe
4.1.3 Survey respondents operating in North America and Europe view rising cyber crime activity as the biggest worry over the next six months
4.1.4 The majority of global IT executives are concerned about the performance of the eurozone
4.1.5 Executives operating in Asia-Pacific are more concerned about the performance of the Eurozone in H2 2015 compared to H1 2015
4.1.6 Globally, cyber crime activities and rising new competition are the key social/political and industrial concerns for IT industry executives, respectively
4.1.7 Executives operating in Asia-Pacific demonstrate less concern over social unrest in countries of operation in H2 2015 compared to H1 2015
4.2 Significance of potential business priorities
4.2.1 Reducing costs and improving operational efficiency are top priorities for the IT industry executives operating in Asia-Pacific
4.2.2 In North America, business executives assign less priority for implementing corporate social responsibility initiatives in H2 2015
4.2.3 Globally, protecting and growing market share and improving operational efficiency are the most preferred priorities among IT industry executives
4.2.4 Reducing costs is a top priority for executives operating in Asia-Pacific for H2 2015 compared to H1 2015
5 Appendix



List of Figures


Figure 1: Profile of Respondents
Figure 2: Confidence Index- H1 2015-H2 2015
Figure 3: State of the Economy: Key Takeouts
Figure 4: Current Economic Condition - Overall (H2 2015) Comparison (H2 2015-H1 2015)
Figure 5: Current Economic Condition - Region
Figure 6: Current Economic Condition - Region - H2 2015-H1 2015
Figure 7: Current Economic Condition - Those Who Operate and Do Not Operate in a Region
Figure 8: State of the Economy- in Their Words-1
Figure 9: State of the Economy- in Their Words-2
Figure 10: State of the Economy- in Their Words-3
Figure 11: Growth Prospects and Consumer Confidence: Key Takeouts
Figure 12: Industry and Company Growth Prospects - Overall
Figure 13: Industry and Company Growth Prospects - Overall - In detail - Comparison (H2 2015-H1 2015)
Figure 14: Industry and company growth prospects - Region
Figure 15: Industry and Company Growth Prospects - Region - H2 2015-H1 2015
Figure 16: Anticipated Variation in Consumer Confidence - Overall (H2 2015) Comparison (H2 2015-H1 2015)
Figure 17: Anticipated Variation in Consumer Confidence - Region
Figure 18: Anticipated Variation in Consumer Confidence - Region - H2 2015-H1 2015
Figure 19: ICT Products and Services Price and Expenditure: Key Takeouts
Figure 20: Category Wise Supplier Prices Highlights
Figure 21: Projected Change in Supplier Prices - Software - Overall and Regional
Figure 22: Projected Change in Supplier Prices - Software - Regional - H2 2015-H1 2015
Figure 23: Projected Change in Supplier Prices - Hardware - Overall and Regional
Figure 24: Projected Change in Supplier Prices - Hardware - Regional - H2 2015-H1 2015
Figure 25: Projected Change in Supplier Prices - Power and Energy - Overall and Regional
Figure 26: Projected Change in Supplier Prices - Power and Energy - Regional - H2 2015-H1 2015
Figure 27: Projected Change in Supplier Prices - Consulting - Overall and Regional
Figure 28: Projected Change in Supplier Prices - Consulting - Regional - H2 2015-H1 2015
Figure 29: Staff Headcount and Sales Outlook - Regional - H2 2015-H1 2015
Figure 30: Expenditure Projection on Key Activities - Overall
Figure 31: Expenditure Projection on Key Activities - Overall - H2 2015-H1 2015
Figure 32: Growth Prospects and Customer Confidence: In Their Words
Figure 33: Priorities and Concerns: Key Takeouts
Figure 34: Concerns: Overview
Figure 35: Top Five Business Concerns - Region
Figure 36: Business Concerns - Regional Highlights
Figure 37: Business Concerns - Overall and Regional - A
Figure 38: Business Concerns - Overall and Regional - A - H2 2015-H1 2015
Figure 39: Business Concerns - Overall and Regional - B
Figure 40: Business Concerns - Overall and Regional - B - H2 2015-H1 2015
Figure 41: Top Five Organizational Priorities - Region
Figure 42: Organizational Priorities - Regional Highlights
Figure 43: Organizational Priorities - Overall and Region
Figure 44: Organizational Priorities - Overall and Region - Change Compared to H1 2015

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