Water Transport is the highest spending sector when comparing the proportion of IT & telecom spend being dedicated to computer services. Companies in this sector outlay almost 70% of their IT & telecom budgets on computer services. Next highest are basic metals manufacturers followed by life and general insurance firms. Public administration, which is renowned for its outsourcing activity, is ranked 10th with a little over 40% being directed on computer services expenditure.
Organisations are spending 80% of the data centre budgets on maintenance, says Chris Ingle, research director at analyst group IDC. And data centre maintenance budgets is set to grow as companies invest more their infrastructure. Its a simple equation: more infrastructure means more maintenance. His reasearch shows that data centres in the UK are an average of 9 years old. Because they use older equipment, its difficult for them to integrate the latest kit into their infrasctructure. Virtualisation, however, is helping datacentres keep costs under control, with 25% of company data centres virtualised by up to 70% or 80%.
Gambling & betting companies spend 0.8% of their turnover on IT & telecom. That is less than half the proportion for all UK organisations. The spread by size of organisation shows a disproportionately high spend level for gambling & betting firms with 50-99 staff. It is almost 3%. The lowest ratio for such firms is achieved by those with 1000+ staff.
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Businesses are opting to work with large IT suppliers that can meet a range of business needs in preference to niche security suppliers. Research by Computer Weekly and TechTarget shows that Cisco and Microsoft are the most popular suppliers for security technology, even though neither is a dedicated security supplier. The survey of 250 IT security professionals in the UK and Europe, shows that most dedicated general security suppliers, such as Check Point and RSA fall in the mid-range of popularity, with fewer companies opting for specialist niche supplies.
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Businesses are still cautious about outsourcing their IT security, a survey of over 250 IT professionals in the UK and Europe reveals. Almost two-thirds of IT professionals said they do not want to outsource security, according to the research by Computer Weekly and TechTarget. However take-up of outsourced security services is likely to increase as services become more established and varied, with 15% saying they have not found a good fit with their business yet from the services currently available.
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A growing proportion of organisations are hosting their internally developed software in the cloud, a survey of over 250 UK IT professionals by Computer Weekly and KEW Associates reveals. During 2011 over 40% of respondents hosted internally developed software in the cloud, but by 2017 this will increase to 85%. By 2017, 18% of respondents will host over 50% of their internally developed software in the cloud, up from just 1% in 2011.
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Most companies have plans to deploy cloud security technologies, which include products designed to secure cloud servers and data, in 2013. Some 62% are either using cloud security technologies already, are about to use them, or are evaluating them. Only 38% do not have plans to use cloud security technologies, despite the potential the offer for cost savings and efficiency gains.
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Beverages manufacturers, with 100-999 employees, typically spend nearly £90k per annum on application software packages. The next largest outlay of £50k is by pharmaceutical companies. At the other extreme, wood & wooden products firms expend only £10k.
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Malware and hacking tops the list of security concerns for organisations in 2013 in the wake of increasingly sophisticated attacks from criminal and state sponsored groups. Compliance is in third place, outranking mobile security, web application and cloud security, research from Computer Weekly and TechTarget reveals. It reflects businesses’ preoccupation with the proposed EU revision to the data protection framework. Virtualisation security ranks in 11th place, despite growing concerns in that area.
Life insurance companies with over 1000 employees spend dramatically more on IT & telecom than large UK organisations overall. Their outlay is expected to be over £29,000 per employee during 2013 rising to nearly £31,000 in 2015. The corresponding figures for the whole of UK are £4,340 and £4,420.