Investments in Infrastructure, Mobility, and Security to Fuel Middle East Software Spending in 2014, Predicts IDC
11 Feb 2014
The software markets of the Middle East are set to show robust growth in 2014, according to the latest insights from global ICT market intelligence firm International Data Corporation (IDC), with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries spurring this expansion through the initiation of infrastructure projects and implementation of citizen services.
Referencing its newly released 'Middle East Software Market 2014 Top 10 Predictions' (Doc #CEMA20730) study, IDC believes that the focus for 2014 will be on how organizations in the Middle East jointly manage the proliferation of different device form factors, tackle the complexity of the threat landscape, and address the inevitable IT infrastructure sprawl that will occur as uptake of 3rd Platform technologies such as cloud, Big Data, mobility, and social media explodes.
"Organizations in the Middle East will evolve in 2014 as GCC states and other countries in the region increasingly adopt technologies that help them to manage 3rd Platform sprawl," says Megha Kumar, research manager for software at IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey. "Major software vendors will need to make significant investments to enhance and diversify their solutions offerings, while vendors and their channel partners will need to develop capabilities that will help minimize the existing skills gap. Automation, mobile content, and information security will become more critical than ever."
Government-led initiatives aimed at ensuring the availability of citizen services on mobile platforms in the GCC will also play a key role in driving software spending growth in the Middle East in 2014, according to IDC. And as consumer mobility adoption continues to grow rapidly and the CIO mindset shifts to a mobile-first approach, the coming year will be characterized by extraordinary growth in enterprise mobility adoption. "Various government initiatives, including UAE's mGovernment scheme, will cause government entities to provide their services via mobile phones and other portable devices," continues Kumar. "This will encourage both public and private sector organizations to invest heavily in developing their mobile strategies and subsequently mobilizing their employees."
Significant traction is expected in the government and healthcare sectors as organizations increasingly look to put mobility at the heart of their IT environments. The need for identity and access management software will also rise as governments strive to secure and unify citizens' identities in an attempt to provide a consistent and improved user experience. In the telecommunications, banking, healthcare, and education sectors, the adoption of identity and access management will be driven by the need to protect customers' personal and financial information.
IDC's 'Middle East Software Market 2014 Top 10 Predictions' (Doc #CEMA20730) provides an overview of the factors that are expected to drive overall software spending in the region in 2014. The report is part of the 'Middle East Software Market Opportunity' series, an annual subscription service that covers software market forecasts, end-user spending trends, insights documents, and vendor shares. The series also covers periodic webinars that will enable subscribers to interact with IDC analysts on market trends and dynamics.
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