This IDC study presents the results of a recent IDC survey of 700 European organizations' IT decision makers and line-of-business (LoB) IT influencers, from small, midsize, and large European organizations. The respondents were questioned on their IT priorities, spending plans, and software procurement processes. Additionally, the survey inquired into their plans and attitudes regarding a number of software issues, including cloud computing, mobile devices, "big data," customer experience management, and social software in the enterprise. This study specifically looks at changes in enterprise applications spending in 2012, examined by country, industry, and organization size.
"Times have changed - again. The healthy outlook in enterprise applications spending indications that we found in early 2011 has been replaced with a much bleaker outlook in this year's survey. After a 2011 where the demand for ERP and HR/payroll applications has been solid, 2012 spending indications are cautious at best. In enterprise applications overall, Northern and Central Europe appear to be neutral compared to 2011, France is slightly worse off, and Italy and Spain appear to face more significant spending declines," said Bo Lykkegaard, research director, European Enterprise Applications, IDC.
European Organizations Are in Consolidation and Productivity Mode
Supporting New Business Requirements Is Clearly the Top IT Priority in 2012
Server Virtualization, Security, and Content Management Are the Hottest Spending Categories in 2012
Software Spending Looks Bleak in 2012 Compared with Solid 2011
2012 Spending Trends in Enterprise Applications
Widening Gap Between Nortern/Central and Southern Europe
Balanced Outlook by Industry After Much Poorer Outlook for Manufacturing, Retail/Wholesale, and Financial Services
Midsize Organizations Are Looking Slightly Stronger, But No Major Differences
Appendix: Detailed Spending Trends for ERM, CRM, SCM, and HCM Applications
ERP Spending Details
CRM Spending Details
SCM Spending Details
HCM/Payroll Spending Details
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