BMI View: High incomes and a strong consumption culture combine to make the UAE one of the most lucrative global IT markets in per capita terms. Retail spending has historically been a strength and, traditionally, IT adoption by the enterprise section has been for basic applications, a trend that is now changing. Etisalat's adoption of Microsoft Lync, connecting people across Windows and other operating systems, including mobile devices, and the federal Auth o rity for Human Resources' implementation of IBM MobileFirst support our view that heavy investments in next generation mobile broadband networks and the proliferation of smartphones has laid the foundations for growth in the region's enterprise mobility solutions market. However , the rising number of devices and migration to cloud computing solutions expose organisations to a growing number of cybersecurity threats. Improving awareness of these threats combined with increased government support will underpin robust demand for cybersecurity solutions in tandem with cloud-based IT services.
Headline Expenditure Projections
Computer Hardware Sales: AED8.4bn in 2014 to AED8.4bn in 2015, -0.7% in local currency terms. Decline in tablet volumes, and a sluggish market for desktops and notebook after upgrades brought forward to 2014, will result in a minor contraction in market value in 2015.
Software Sales: AED3.1bn in 2014 to AED3.3bn in 2015, +7.1% in local currency terms. The UAE is one of the region's fastest growing ERP markets as modernisation initiatives continue in an effort to increase international competitiveness. Cybersecurity will be another important growth driver.
IT Services Sales: AED5.3bn in 2014 to AED5.7bn in 2015, +8.1% in local currency terms. Managed services will be a leading growth area, with growth of cloud computing and real-time analytics accelerating.
|Positive Growth, Positive Demand|
|e/f = BMI estimate/forecast. Source: BMI|
The United Arab Emirates 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 United Arab Emirates 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 United Arab Emirates.
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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
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.
Full analysis of the competitive landscape within the hardware, software and services sectors.
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.
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).
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