In New Zealand, off premises IT services, like, for example hosted applications and infrastructure, are forecast to grow 7–9% each year until 2019, based on this year’s NZ IT Services Market Analysis and Forecast report from IDC. The big winner will be cloud-based services, which will grow at a staggering 15–27% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) until 2019.
“New Zealand organisations are committed to shifting their IT needs off premises and into the cloud. There is a strong appetite for services that drive cloud and cloud integration, as well as investments in a strong network to enable these solutions” says Donnie Krassiyenko, IT Services Market Analyst for IDC. “At a business level, it is all about mobile applications transforming the way in which business connect to its customers via its staff and ongoing digital engagement”.
The IT services market for New Zealand grew at a conservative level of 1.9% for 2014 (year on year) but IDC is forecasting annual growth rates of 2.6% each year until 2019. This uplift reflects the massive transformation that the market is realising as organisations take to a hybrid style infrastructure model with wider technology adoption across the organisation.
IDC’s market share analysis found that Datacom is now the largest IT services provider (including business consultancy services) in the New Zealand market. Its strong representation of IT services across Systems Integration, IS Outsourcing, and Application Management has driven the company’s increased market share, with the major industry penetration in Government, Communications and Media, and Finance sectors.
One of the key drivers of these growth trends is the notable improvement in the number of New Zealand organisations expanding ICT budgets over the past year. In the IDC’s 2015 Asia/Pacific C-Suite Barometer, 19% of companies stated that budgets were increasing this year. In addition only 16% of the New Zealand organisations interviewed stated that lack of ICT budget for the business requirements is a top challenge in leveraging ICT to drive business forward.
New Zealand end-users have indicated to IDC that the investment focus for the coming 24 months will be targeted across the following areas:
- Cloud – Datacenter migration,
- Mobility, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI),
- Unified communication and collaboration, and
- Data analytics.