Spending for information technology in the
IT spending in the region will grow 7.3 per cent year-on-year, with consumers, communications, financial services and the public sector forecast to be the biggest contributors, seen to pitch in 74 per cent of the
Public sector investments for government services, education and healthcare will continue to be the key drivers in the GCC.
"Organisations in 2014 will be faced with a growing need to adapt as effects of the '3rd Platform' continue to disrupt and change industries in the region," said
The 3rd Platform for IT growth and innovation, according to the IDC, is built on mobile devices, cloud services, social technologies and big data.
"We anticipate that major players in the region will make significant investments to enhance their infrastructure to scale up cloud and big data capabilities. In this context, securing data will be more vital than ever before."
The IDC's report also said that the roll-out of Dubai Smart City will lead to an acceleration of other smart city initiatives in other GCC countries, which have gained momentum in recent years. Three countries in the GCC have announced plans for this: the
The IDC expects the total spending on machine-to-machine connections in GCC countries to increase by 19 per cent in 2014 to reach
Among others, governments will also focus on strengthening security for national information assets, as well as expanding agencies that monitor and protect the national frontline against cyber attacks. The IDC expects that in 2014, GCC governments will develop or strengthen national IT security policies and plans, and through national agencies, implement them, with these agencies assuming the coordination of activities among various authorities including the armed forces.
Furthermore, the acceptance of cloud computing will accelerate, with the private cloud and software as a service adoption dominating investment plans. In 2014, a number of organisations are expected to start realising that they can derive even greater benefits from a full-fledged private cloud implementation.
The IDC's predictions reflect the ongoing factors that will set the trend for the region's ICT development. Experts anticipate that the trickle-down effect of these predictions will initiate a change within a variety of industries.
Data centre concerns
Meanwhile, data centre availability, driven by enterprise mobility and virtualisation trends, appears to be the leading IT concern for global businesses. This is one of the key findings of Brocade's annual
The survey was responded to by over 350 of the vendor's global channel players and includes inputs from a large number of resellers and systems integrators from the
Of these, 60 per cent stated that end users view fabric technologies as the future of networks. And while organisations understand the capabilities and benefits of fabric-based networking, investment into new technologies falls short with a quarter of enterprises not making any significant upgrades to their data centre networks in the last three years.
These shortcomings in networking investments may be the result of financial constraints; 62 per cent of the channel identified tight budgets as having a "significant impact" on customers' ability to invest in technology.
For vendors, this could be an opportunity to drive business by extending financial support to their partners — a measure that 63 per cent of respondents believe would become "vital" or "more important" over the next couple of years.
This support could prove to be the impetus for a new wave of IT spending allowing customers to address the survey's top five drivers of network investments — the desire to adopt virtualisation (41 per cent); demand for faster access to data and applications (41 per cent); demand for greater bandwidth (32 per cent); the need to support increasing data volumes (25 per cent); and the need to support mobility (24 per cent).
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