The UK IT market has been dubbed one of world?s most dynamic and challenging, in IDC?s latest report on the state of the UK and Irish technology markets.
The UK market is forecast to grow 8.7 per cent in 1997 to achieve a value of #20.4 billion, a figure that is expected to increase to #27 billion in 2001. The Irish market is forecast to grow by 9.8 per cent.
?1997 is set to be characterised by a mood of optimism among IT executives and growth in both the UK and the Irish market is particularly buoyant,? said Anthony Miller, UK research manager at IDC.
According to the report, which catalogued the opinion of over 1,300 IT directors, UK executives' highest IT priority is to integrate central and end user data into an enterprise-wide information system.
Overall, the report claims, there is greater optimism for IT budget levels in 1997 than in 1996, with approximately one in five IT executives expecting to make their greatest application investment this year in accounting and financial systems.
Twenty per cent of the UK sites surveyed have a company Intranet and over 70 per cent of IT executives said they were very satisfied with their primary IT supplier.
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