This report presents the findings from a survey of 164 educational institutions regarding their Information & Communications Technology (ICT) investment priorities. The survey investigates the core technologies which educational institutions are investing in, including the likes of enterprise applications, security, mobility, communications & collaboration, and Cloud Computing.
Recognize educational institutions strategic objectives with regards to their ICT investments.
Identify educational institutions investment priorities based on their budget allocations across core technology categories such as enterprise applications, security, mobility, communications & collaboration, and Cloud Computing, etc.
Learn about the drivers that are influencing educational institutions investments in each technology category.
Establish how educational institutions IT budgets are currently allocated across various segments within a technology category.
Gain insight into how educational institutions plan to change their ICT budget allocations across various segments within a technology category.
Why was the report written?
In order to provide deeper insights into educational institutions ICT investment priorities and strategic objectives.
What is the current market landscape and what is changing?
Educational institutions are realising the vital role that technology plays in imparting quality learning. Kables survey reveals that institutions are planning to increase their ICT budgets in 2013 primarily with the objective of improving security & privacy and enhancing collaboration & data management.
What are the key drivers behind recent market changes?
Educational institutions are not only looking to introduce systems which cater better to students but also to broaden the technology competencies of their teaching staff.
What makes this report unique and essential to read?
Kable Global ICT Intelligence has invested significant resources in order to interview CIOs and IT managers about their IT investment priorities. Very few IT analyst houses will have interviewed 160+ ICT decision makers in education sector in H2 2012.
Trends such as mobile and online learning, which require institutions to open up their networks to external devices, are making them more vulnerable and explain institutions focus on strengthening their IT security infrastructure. It is clear from the survey that 98% of educational institutions already invested in security technologies.
Educational institutions are investing in content management technologies which help them to manage the huge amount of digital content generated by the stakeholders. The adoption of content management is high amongst educational institutions, with a current penetration rate of 93%.
Institutions under pressure to ensure that they offer facilities that appeal to new generation learners as well as part time/work based learners. This is illustrated in Kables survey which shows that institutions are spending widely on mobile device management and mobile application development.
A major portion of IT staffs time within educational institutions goes on the maintenance and management of existing systems and applications. Hence, IT systems management is one of the top investment priorities for educational institutions, with a high average penetration rate of 94%.
Educational institutions are looking to shrink their carbon footprint, opting for solutions that work by saving energy through the use of low-power consuming components and efficient systems design, by monitoring and scheduling power consumption to avoid waste, and by downsizing and using equipment that cuts additional energy usage on cooling equipment.