BMI View: We extended the forecast for Russia's IT Market to 2019 in the Q2 2015 update, but our assessment of medium term growth prospects remains unchanged. We expect conditions to be very challenging in 2015as a result of the negative impact of sanctions imposed in 2014 , which resulted in rouble depreciation and undermined domestic confidence levels. We expect growth to be maintained in local currency terms over the medium term, but the US dollar growth outlook is much weaker. Meanwhile, another area where political factors are contributing to uncertainty is regulation of the internet, which could also result in the industry losing its lustre. Our short-term outlook is weaker following our macroeconomic and IT forecast downgrades, however our core view is for an easing of tensions over the medium term, which will allow the Russian economy and IT market to return to a stronger growth trajectory.
Headline Expenditure Projections
Computer Hardware Sales: RUB507.6bn in 2014 to RUB515.8bn in 2015, +1.6% in local currency terms. A combination of depreciation, recession and demand being brought forward to 2014 ahead of anticipated price increases have resulted in a sharp deterioration of the hardware growth spending outlook, with decline of over 22% forecast in US dollar terms.
Software Sales: RUB198.1bn in 2014 to RUB212.6bn in 2015, +7.3% in local currency terms. Demand for software from the modernisation initiatives of Russian enterprises will be met by local and global vendors, limiting market disruption relative to hardware sales.
IT Services Sales: RUB289.6bn in 2014 to RUB313.7bn in 2015, +8.3% in local currency terms. New regulations requiring domestic data storage could delay the development of cloud computing supply, but with vendor investment in local presence due to the size of Russia's market, any downside should be short-term.
Key Trends And Developments
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The Russia 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.
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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
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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:
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