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ICT Budget and Staffing Trends in Financial Markets - Enterprise ICT investment plans

Published By :

Kable Market Research

Published Date : Aug 2013

Category :

Banking

No. of Pages : 33 Pages

Product Synopsis

This report presents the findings from a survey of 158 financial market institutions regarding their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) budgets and staff allocation. The survey investigates how financial market institutions currently allocate their ICT budgets across the core areas of enterprise ICT spend, namely hardware, software, IT services, communications and consulting.

Introduction and Landscape

Why was the report written?

In order to provide a depth of insight into ICT vendors\' and service providers\' potential customers. 

What is the current market landscape and what is changing?

Although financial institutions are allocating a large proportion of their ICT budgets to software licenses, enterprises are gradually shifting their focus towards software as a service (SaaS) as well.

What are the key drivers behind recent market changes?

Institutions in the capital markets are gradually shifting their focus towards SaaS in order to reduce IT costs, improve scalability, and free up resources to support new technologies and revenue-generating projects.

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 Budgets. Very few IT analyst houses will have interviewed 150+ ICT decision makers in financial market in H2 2012.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Understand how ICT budgets are set to change in 2013 in terms of their overall size.
  • Appreciate how budgets are allocated across the core elements of ICT spend, including hardware, software, services, communications and consulting.
  • Learn how ICT money is being spent in areas such as the data centre, applications, IT management and the network.
  • Establish how IT staff are typically allocated within financial market organizations.
  • Gain insight into with whom financial market institutions plan to spend their ICT money.

Key Market Issues

  • As financial market institutions are generating considerable volumes of data that needs to be stored for future reference and analysis, they are prioritising investments in data centres.
  • Institutions are planning to increase their spending on internal development and maintenance from 26% in 2012 to 27% in 2013, signifying that these firms are keen to improve their capabilities to support in-house project development and innovation.
  • Financial market institutions are planning to allocate 14% of their total ICT budgets to telcos in 2013, experiencing a decline of 1% compared to 2012.
  • With average allocations of 14% security is receiving reasonable attention from financial market institutions as network intrusion or data theft can lead to huge financial losses and affect the reputation of organisations.
  • Kable expects the fixed voice spending of financial market institutions to be gradually replaced by investment in converged voice and data networks in order to generate immediate cost savings at an administrative and operational level.

Key Highlights

  • Financial market institutions\' combined allocation for hardware, software, and IT services is expected to increase slightly by 1% in 2013 to reach 67%.
  • An alternate view of the financial markets ICT landscape illustrates that the largest proportion of total ICT budgets is currently being allocated to data centres (both in-house and hosted).
  • Financial market institutions are also planning to increase their ICT budget allocations for technology product vendors by 1% to reach 18% in 2013, in order to stay abreast with any technological developments and improve their performance.
  • Kable\'s survey indicates that the largest proportion of technical staff are employed on applications, as financial markets continue to focus on deploying various business and consumer related applications.
  • A large proportion of the average hardware budget is currently being allocated to clients owing to increasing demand for laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
Table of Content

1 Trends in ICT budgets
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Survey demographics
1.3 ICT budget changes
1.4 ICT budget allocation by core technology area
1.5 ICT budget allocation by function
1.6 ICT spending by entity
1.7 IT staff distribution

2 Detailed ICT budget allocations
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Hardware budget breakdown
2.3 Software budget breakdowns
2.4 Third party IT services expenditure
2.5 Telecommunications budget

3 Summary
3.1 Despite market volatility, financial market institutions are planning to increase their ICT spending in 2013

4 Appendix
4.1 Definitions
4.2 Further reading
4.3 Contact the authors

List of Table


Table 1:  Financial markets  - enterprise ICT survey geographic breakdown
Table 2: Financial markets - enterprise ICT survey breakdown by size band (number of employees)
Table 3:  Recent and expected ICT budget changes among financial market institutions
Table 4: Financial market institutions\' (external) ICT budget allocation, 2012 and 2013
Table 5: Financial market institutions\' ICT budget allocation by function, 2012 and 2013
Table 6: Financial market institutions\' (external) ICT budget allocation by entity, 2012 and 2013
Table 7: Average allocation of full-time IT staff members in financial market institutions
Table 8: Financial market institutions\' average hardware budget allocation
Table 9:  Average allocation of software budgets in financial market institutions
Table 10: Financial market institutions\' average software budget allocation by technology
Table 11: Financial market institutions\' average IT services budget allocation
Table 12: Financial market institutions\' average IT consulting services budget allocation
Table 13: Financial market institutions\' average telecommunications budget allocation

List of Chart


Figure 1: Financial markets - enterprise ICT survey geographic breakdown
Figure 2: Financial markets -  enterprise ICT survey breakdown by size band (number of employees)
Figure 3:  Recent and expected ICT budget changes among financial market institutions
Figure 4: Financial market institutions\' (external) ICT budget allocation, 2012 and 2013
Figure 5: Financial market institutions\' ICT budget allocation by function, 2012 and 2013
Figure 6: Financial market institutions\' ICT budget allocation by entity, 2012 and 2013
Figure 7: Average allocation of full-time IT staff members in financial market institutions
Figure 8: Financial market institutions\' average hardware budget allocation
Figure 9: Average allocation of software budgets in financial market institutions
Figure 10: Financial market institutions\' average software budget allocation by technology
Figure 11: Financial market institutions\' average IT services budget allocation
Figure 12: Financial market institutions\' average IT consulting services budget allocation
Figure 13: Financial market institutions\' average telecommunications budget allocation

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