This report presents the findings from a survey of 166 manufacturers regarding their Information & Communications Technology (ICT) investment priorities. The survey investigates the core technologies which manufacturers are investing in, including the likes of enterprise applications, security, mobility, communications & collaboration, and Cloud Computing.
Recognize manufacturers strategic objectives with regards to their ICT investments.
Identify manufacturers 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 manufacturers investments in each technology category.
Establish how manufacturers IT budgets are currently allocated across various segments within a technology category.
Gain insight into how manufacturers 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 manufacturers ICT investment priorities and strategic objectives.
What is the current market landscape and what is changing?
Cloud computing is currently receiving lower investments in the manufacturing sector. However, Kable believes that spending on cloud computing is set to witness an upward momentum in the coming months.
What are the key drivers behind recent market changes?
Manufacturers are planning to invest in cloud computing in the coming two years, primarily driven by its advantages such as cost reductions, ease of management, and improved scalability.
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 manufacturing sector in H2 2012.
Kables survey shows that manufacturers are placing utmost importance on improving security/privacy with an average score of X on a scale of 1 to 4, to address issues relating to cyber and malware attacks effectively.
According to Kables survey, 89% of manufacturers currently use BI tools, and 83% are planning investments in this area in the next twenty-four months. Demand for BI technologies is driven by manufacturers desire to maximize efficiency, whilst at the same time identifying new revenue opportunities.
E-mail archiving is one of the most widely deployed content management technologies in the manufacturing sector, with penetration rates of 74%. Ever-increasing e-mail volumes and growing compliance requirements are making e-mail archiving a critical business consideration.
Manufacturers increasing concerns related to rising carbon emission is driving demand for technologies such as green IT and virtualization within the sector. This is reiterated by Kables survey results, which indicate that 93% of manufacturers are already using green technologies.
Manufacturers are also assigning equal importance to standardizing infrastructure technologies (with a rating of X), as they are continuously looking to reduce the complexity of their ICT infrastructure in order to improve their operations and reduce their IT management costs.