"Services have moved to the forefront of the Slovak IT market," says Arun Chandramohan, IDC Senior Analyst, IDC CEMA, "and now account for more revenue than servers, storage, and PCs combined.
This reflects the relative maturity of the country's IT environment, where many sectors, like communications and finance, have already moved into replacement buying and upgrades when it comes to hardware.Most new investments are in the services and solutions area."
Communications was the single largest vertical sector investing in IT in Slovakia in 2005 and will be again in 2006.The sector has been growing steadily as mobile penetration continues to rise and both fixed and mobile operators roll out advanced mobility solutions."With number portability and the fact that Telefonica 02 is entering the market as the third mobile services provider next year," says Arun Chandramohan, IDC Senior Analyst, IDC CEMA, "the competitive environment will intensify considerably, and providers will search for ways to make back-end and customer-facing IT systems more efficient."
The government sector (national and local counted together) was the second-largest sector in terms of IT spending in Slovakia last year and will be again in 2006.Different arms of the government are actively investing in a range of IT.For instance: the Ministry of Transport, Post, and Communications is driving the Slovak egovernment initiative with implementation of a public tendering system.The Slovak Tax Authority is upgrading its etax portal.And the National Council of the Slovak Republic
has purchased a range of hardware, including desktop PCs, notebooks, printers, and other accessories."Although government is not the fastest growing sector," says Chandramohan
, "it should exhibit steady expansion in IT investments over the next few years, as so many different agencies are currently engaged in developing their systems."
"Both the discrete and process sectors will be increasing their spending on IT at nearly twice the rate as the communications sector," says Chandramohan