Outsourcing services in the Nordics grew 2.9% in 2012 compared with 3.5% in 2011. The fastest-growing market segment was hosted application management, which grew 7.7% in 2012 compared with 8.3% in 2011. The four main Nordic markets --- Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden --- are the fastest-growing Western European IT services markets in 2013. IDC Nordic's services analysts expect outsourcing services in the Nordics to grow 3.1% in 2013 from 2.9% in 2012, peaking in 2014 at 3.3%.
"The Nordic markets are very mature outsourcing services markets. But after five years of economic crisis, outsourcing vendors in the Nordics need to focus on hybrid delivery models and offerings revolving around security, virtualization, automation, and cloud," said Annsofie Petersson, senior research analyst, IDC Nordic Services.