Two Fifths of Irish Companies are Expected to Increase ICT Spend

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17th September 2013 12:00 - Information Technology

A survey of 267 Irish IT managers, carried out by ComputerScope in association with O2 shows that two fifths (41%) plan to increase ICT spend over the next twelve months, with more than a third (36%) reporting that the main driver is to create business or a competitive advantage.

Although ICT expenditure is the main driver for gaining a competitive advantage, a fifth (21%) believe that this can be achieved through cost reduction, 17% through “keeping the lights on” and 16% by facilitating an increasingly mobile workforce.

Alan Brown, Business Director, O2 said:

“While reducing cost remained an important justification for IT expenditure, a significant 72% of respondents said that failure to invest in IT increased the cost of managing ageing infrastructures. 65% were concerned that lack of investment in IT would result in less efficient delivery of customer service.”

According to findings, two thirds (68%) of respondents believe that the main barrier to implementing the latest technology is pressure on capital expenditure budgets.

While nine tenths (92%) of ICT managers surveyed said they already have the infrastructure in place to allow remote working by employees, seven in ten (73%) cite security as the main barrier to the increased roll out of mobile working. A further 67% also said that the company culture is a barrier to greater implementation of mobile working.

Despite this, a quarter of companies said that over the next twelve months 21-30% of their staff would be working at least part of the time remotely: at home, on the road, or out of the office.

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