Malaysia Information Technology Report

Providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the information technology industry.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, Industry Forecasts, Information Technology Risk Reward Index, Macroeconomic Forecast, Company Profiles and Regional and Country Industry Overviews.

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Malaysia Information Technology Report
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BMI View: Malaysia's IT market has considerable growth potential throughout the medium term, with opportunities weighted towards software and services , w h ere enterprise demand is expected to be strong. Meanwhile, the hardware segment has a mixed outlook due to increased threat of smartphones cannibalising retail PC sales. Even so, the market will be much stronger in the medium term than it was in 2015 , when IT hardware spending declined sharply due to the combination of ringgit depreciation and the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax . We forecast total IT spending will increase at a CAGR of 5.7 % throughout 2016-2020 to MYR2 4.4 bn in 2020.

Latest Updates & Industry Developments

  • Computer Hardware Sales: MYR8.5bn in 2016 to MYR9.6bn in 2020, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.0%. Outlook downgraded in Q4 update as tablet demand cannibalisation by smartphones escalated with a further decline in PC sales in H116 reported by local retailers.

  • Software Sales: MYR4.3bn in 2016 to MYR5.6bn in 2020, a CAGR of 6.6%. Large enterprise and SME software investment outlook is strong, respectively underpinned by complex solution demand and cloud availability.

  • IT Services Sales: MYR6.7bn in 2016 to MYR9.2bn in 2020, a CAGR of 8.4%. Increasing adoption of outsourcing, cloud computing and Internet of Things applications by enterprises support a strong segment forecast.

Smartphones Pose Downside For IT Hardware Spending Growth
IT Spending Forecast By Segment, 2013-2020
f = BMI forecast. Source: BMI
BMI Industry View
Latest Updates & Industry Developments
Industry Forecast
Latest Updates
Structural Trends
Table: Enterprise Trends - GVA By Vertical (Malaysia 2015-2020)
Table: IT Industry - Historical Data And Forecasts (Malaysia 2013-2020)
Industry Risk Reward Index
Table: Asia Pacific IT Risk/Reward Index, Q3 2016
Market Overview
Cloud Computing
Industry Trends And Developments
IT Hardware Trade
Table: Emerging APAC IT Hardware Trade
Table: Malaysia IT Hardware Trade, 2010-2015
IT Industry Analysis
Regulatory Development
Table: Government Authorities
Competitive Landscape
Table: Major Electronics Retailers
Table: Major E-Commerce Vendors
IT Vendors
Table: Acer
Table: HCL Axon
Table: Lenovo
Table: Sunway E-Systems
Regional Overview
Demographic Forecast
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Malaysia 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Malaysia 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Malaysia 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Malaysia 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Malaysia 1990-2025)
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Table: IT Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Components

The Malaysia Information Technology Report features BMI Research's market assessment and independent forecasts covering personal computers and software; semi-conductors, memory chips, integrated circuits and general components; the internet and IT solutions. It analyses analyses regulatory changes (licensing, customs and intellectual property protection) and competitive landscapes comparing IT companies by products, sales, market share, investments, projects and expansion strategies.

BMI's Malaysia Information Technology Report provides industry professionals and strategists, corporate analysts, IT associations, government departments and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the IT industry in Malaysia.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent IT Industry forecasts for Malaysia to test other views - a key input for successful budgetary and strategic business planning in the Malaysian IT market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Malaysia's IT sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes, and major deals, projects and investments in Malaysia.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering IT, regulatory changes, major investments and projects and significant national and multinational company developments.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the IT sector and within the broader telecommunications, political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecast

Historic data series (2010-2013) and forecasts to end-2019 for all key industry and economic indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast, including:

  • IT Sector: Industry value (USDmn); IT sector contribution to GDP (%); value of hardware, software and services industry (USDmn); PC, peripherals and software imports and exports (USDmn); PC, peripherals and software sales (USDmn); number of PCs (‘000); PCs per 100 inhabitants; internet users (‘000); internet users per 100 inhabitants; broadband subscribers (‘000); broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants.
  • Economy: Economic growth (%); nominal GDP (USDbn); unemployment (%); interest rates (%); exchange rate (against USD).

Information Technology Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide technology manufacturers, service providers, and IT vendors/leasing agents looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Country Market Overview

Structure, size and value of the industry sectors including hardware, software and services; overview of the industry landscape and key players; assessment of the business operating environment and the latest regulatory developments and government authority.

BMI Macroeconomic Forecast

BMI forecasts for all headline macroeconomic indicators to end-2019 including real GDP growth, inflation, fiscal balance, trade balance, current account and external debt.

Competitive Landscape

Full analysis of the competitive landscape within the hardware, software and services sectors.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.

Regional Overview

Cross-border analysis of country markets in the region, commenting on IT penetration (PC and internet) and market growth drivers (IT market size and IT market compound growth).


The information Technology Reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.