More Than 40% of Utilities Across Western Europe Will Increase External IT Spending Over the Next 12 Months, According to IDC Energy Insights
Latest in series of reports to explore annual IDC Energy Insights
Western European Survey 2015
Utilities are at the center of a maelstrom that is squeezing them
between rising costs and the never-ending struggle to find more profit.
To understand the benchmark of information technology (IT) budgets
versus revenues, IT budget spending and IT budget distribution, leading
business initiatives to support IT decisions, and top information
security priorities among utility enterprises across Western Europe, IDC
Energy Insights has published a new report, What
About Utilities IT Budgets? Results from Western European Survey 2015
(Doc #EMEA40813815). IDC Energy Insights has also released a
complementary report in the series, Business
Strategy: Utilities IT Investment Priorities for Solutions: Results from
the Western European Utilities 2015 Survey (Doc #EMEA40157816),
that explores which IT solutions will attract the most investments from
Over 40% of Utilities across Western Europe will increase external IT
spending over this year - IDC Energy Insights
To understand how utilities are allocating their IT budgets and leading
priorities, the new report analyzes:
High-level benchmark of ICT budgets versus revenues
Distribution of budget between growth, innovation, and maintain/run
Expectations for external IT spending and its control (IT versus line
Leading business initiatives
Top information security priorities
Major findings from the new report include:
Almost one in every five Western European utilities is optimistic for
the next 12-18 months, but the great majority of these utilities are
unsure about the business outlook for the next 12-18 months,
indicating they have neutral outlooks.
Across Western Europe, utilities will allocate approximately 55% of
their IT budgets to maintain/run/compliance activities, while the
remainder will be allocated to innovation and growth activities.
Over 40% of utilities across Western Europe plan to increase their
external IT spending over the next 12 months, while 10.8% of Western
European utilities expect to decrease external IT spending in the next
In 12 months, Western European utilities still expect almost
three-fourths of IT spending to be controlled by their IT departments.
Western European utilities indicate that for the next 12 months, their
leading business initiatives will include information security and
data protection, which is also the only high-priority business
initiative for these utilities.
Western European utilities identified data loss and leakage
prevention, mobile device security, and cloud security as their top 3
information security priorities for the next 12 months.
"More and more we find IT spending trickling into the line of business'
control. According to the survey, in the next 12 months, over 25% of
Western European utilities' IT spending will be entirely controlled by
the line of business, and 36% will be controlled by the IT department,
but decisions will be influenced by the line of business," said Gaia
Gallotti, Research Manager, IDC Energy Insights.
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