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Kapsch Study: Romanian IT budgets with highest growth rates in the CEE-region

In Romania, 45 percent of IT managers say that their budgets will grow in the next three years. 17 percent predict even “strong” growth. This makes Romania the fastest growing market in the CEE-region, according to Kapsch, one of the leading ICT service partners in the region, a press release informs. In the IT Readiness Index developed by Kapsch, Romania ranks fifth out of seven. In the ICT Market Development Index, which compares the predictions for the future in the surveyed countries, Romania already is on rank 2, two points behind Poland. These are the main results of a comprehensive study by Kapsch BusinessCom (KBC). “IT and telecommunications are not only important elements in modernizing and increasing the efficiency of companies. This sector, with its upward momentum, is also a significant growth driver for the general economy. Romania shows the biggest dynamics here and has a great number of skilled IT specialists,” according to Jochen Borenich, COO of KBC.
Also, Romania is comparably strong in offering mobile access to enterprise applications via smartphone or tablet and the opportunity to integrate own mobile devices into company networks. Concerning the plans to offer this BYOD (Bring your own device) opportunity in the next three years, the country has the highest figures. 20 percent of the IT managers have plans to do that. The average in the surveyed countries is only 14 percent. These features for better employee productivity and convenience have to be considered with the cross cutting security issue. Although the number of companies that had external security audits in the past three years is only 38 percent (the average is 46 percent), Romania is catching up: The personel expenses for security will grow for 57 percent (average: 46 percent) of the companies and 53 percent expect the financial expenses to grow (average: 55 percent).
The survey commissioned by Kapsch asked nearly 900 IT managers in seven countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic and Turkey) about their budget trends and their estimation of various ICT challenges. “ICT Business Trends and Challenges” study, conducted by Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC), confirms that the sector will continue to register revenue growth. In the growth market of Romania, Kapsch is already among the most important system integrators with growth of approximately 40 percent compared with the previous year.

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