Project Management Software Procurement Category Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 29, 2014

Project management software has a buyer power score of 4.0 out of 5. This score reflects favorable market conditions for buyers due to stable prices and low market risks. Still, buyer negotiating power is restrained by moderate market share concentration and high switching costs.

Recent pricing trends have been beneficial to buyers in the three years to 2014, according to IBISWorld analyst Andrew Yang. Although prices have increased slightly, the increase has been mitigated by several factors. Many other software applications can act as substitutes for project management software. Suppliers cannot raise prices too high or they risk losing buyers to these substitute applications. Furthermore, project management software is still in the growth stage of the product life cycle. Suppliers are inclined to keep prices low to encourage buyers to try out their product. Due to increased demand, prices are forecast to continue rising slowly in the three years to 2017, but will remain relatively stable. Stable prices are beneficial for buyers because they allow buyers to better plan their budgets and manage their costs. Buyers can take their time in evaluating vendors because they do not have to worry about prices rising significantly.

Buyers also benefit from very low market risks. Project management software vendors are not dependent on any inputs that may result in supply disruptions or price shocks. Because the average vendor is financially stable, there is low risk of bankruptcy, says Yang. Low market risks benefit buyers by ensuring that vendors can provide steady access to project management software. Current major vendors include Oracle, Microsoft, Planview and CA Technologies.

Buyer negotiating power is lowered by moderate market share concentration and high switching costs. Project management software is relatively new and buyers tend to purchase this software from software corporations with established brand names. High market share concentration is negative for buyers because vendors will have increased leverage in setting prices. Buyers of project management software also face high switching costs, meaning that buyers cannot easily switch to other vendors and may end up locked in with a supplier. For more information, visit IBISWorlds Project Management Software procurement category market research report page.

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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics

This report is intended to assist buyers of project management software (also known as portfolio project management software). Project management software is designed to help track and manage projects from conception to execution. Project management software comes with many tools and features used to manage budgets, assign tasks, allocate resources, and allow collaboration and documentation. This report focuses on Software as a Service (SaaS) project management software, where the software is accessed through the internet and cloud-computing infrastructure.

Executive Summary

Pricing Environment

Price Fundamentals

Benchmark Price

Pricing Model

Price Drivers

Recent Price Trend

Price Forecast

Product Characteristics

Product Life Cycle

Total Cost of Ownership

Product Specialization

Substitute Goods

Regulation

Quality Control

Supply Chain & Vendors

Supply Chain Dynamics

Supply Chain Risk

Imports

Competitive Environment

Market Share Concentration

Market Profitability

Switching Costs

Purchasing Process

Buying Basics

Buying Lead Time

Selection Process

Key RFP Elements

Negotiation Questions

Buyer Power Factors

Key Statistics

About IBISWorld Inc.

IBISWorld is one of the world’s leading publishers of business intelligence, specializing in Industry research and Procurement research. Since 1971, IBISWorld has provided thoroughly researched, accurate and current business information. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, IBISWorlds procurement research reports equip clients with the insight necessary to make better purchasing decisions, faster. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld Procurement serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.







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Enterprise Content Management Systems Procurement Category Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 02, 2014

Enterprise content management (ECM) systems have a buyer power score of 3.5 out of 5.0. This score reflects positive but somewhat limited negotiation power for buyers. Favorable pricing trends and low market risks help increase this score, while a negative market structure limits it, says IBISWorld procurement analyst Andrew Yang.

Pricing trends have been fairly favorable for buyers because prices have remained fairly stable in the three years to 2013. Demand has increased in response to the economic recovery. Businesses are being created and investments in software have increased, says Yang. In addition, internet traffic volume has surged, indicating an increased volume of data that will require enterprise content management systems to manage and organize, but the developments in cloud computing and open source software have moderated price increases. This has lowered barriers to entry, increasing competition in the market and placing pressure on suppliers to keep prices low. These trends are expected to continue, helping keep prices stable in the three years to 2016.

Buyers also benefit from relatively low market risks. Most ECM system providers are well-established software publishers with very low financial risks. In addition, providers are not dependent on any critical inputs for the development and delivery of their products. These low market risks indicate that buyers can expect that delivery of ECM systems will not be disrupted by providers undergoing financial difficulty or providers unable to obtain critical inputs. This factor is especially for important for buyers because they will be dependent on their provider to perform service and maintenance after purchase.

A negative market structure significantly lowers the buyer power score. ECM systems are very complex software systems that require significant technical expertise, manpower and financial resources to develop and deliver. As a result, it is a very specialized product with a relatively small number of suppliers that can deliver the product. There are very few substitutes with the same functionality and features of a dedicated ECM system. Switching costs are very high, increasing the risk that the buyer may get locked in with a supplier. Major suppliers include International Business Machines Corporation, OpenText Corporation, EMC and Microsoft Corporation.

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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics

This report is intended to help buyers of enterprise content management (ECM) systems. ECM systems help businesses store, manage and access their unstructured content, which includes emails, documents, media and records. ECM systems help businesses lower costs and increase efficiency by consolidating and organizing their information and data. This report excludes web content management systems and database software.

Executive Summary

Pricing Environment

Price Fundamentals

Benchmark Price

Pricing Model

Price Drivers

Recent Price Trend

Price Forecast

Product Characteristics

Product Life Cycle

Total Cost of Ownership

Product Specialization

Substitute Goods

Regulation

Quality Control

Supply Chain & Vendors

Supply Chain Dynamics

Supply Chain Risk

Imports

Competitive Environment

Market Share Concentration

Market Profitability

Switching Costs

Purchasing Process

Buying Basics

Buying Lead Time

Selection Process

Key RFP Elements

Negotiation Questions

Buyer Power Factors

Key Statistics

About IBISWorld Inc.

IBISWorld is one of the world’s leading publishers of business intelligence, specializing in Industry research and Procurement research. Since 1971, IBISWorld has provided thoroughly researched, accurate and current business information. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, IBISWorlds procurement research reports equip clients with the insight necessary to make better purchasing decisions, faster. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld Procurement serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.







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Project Management Software Procurement Category Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 24, 2014

Project management software has a buyer power score of 3.9 out of 5. The higher the score the better the negotiating conditions for buyers. The score for this market reflects stable prices and low market risks. However, the score is restrained by moderate market share concentration and high switching costs. According to IBISWorld procurement analyst Andrew Yang, recent pricing trends have been favorable for buyers in the three years to 2013. Price increases are mitigated by several factors. There are many other software applications that act as substitutes for project management software. Suppliers cannot raise prices too high or else buyers will use these applications instead. Also project management software is still in the growth stage of the life cycle. Suppliers are inclined to keep prices low to encourage buyers to try out their product. Due to increased demand, prices will increase slightly in the three years to 2016 but still remain relatively stable. Stable prices are beneficial for buyers because they allow buyers to better plan their budgets and manage their costs. They can take their time in evaluating vendors as they do not have to worry about rising prices.

Buyers also benefit from very low market risks. Project management software vendors are not dependent on any inputs that may result in supply disruptions or price shocks. Average vendor financial benchmarks are fairly high, meaning that there is low risk of bankruptcy. Low market risks are beneficial for buyers as they ensure that project management vendors can provide a steady access to project management software, says Yang.

Buyer negotiating power is lowered by moderate market share concentration and high switching costs. Project management software is relatively new and buyers tend to purchase project management software from software corporations with established brand names. High market share concentration is negative for buyers as vendors will have increased leverage in setting prices. As a result, these software corporations have the highest profit margins in the market. Buyers of project management software also face high switching costs, meaning that buyers cannot easily change to other vendors and may end up locked in with a supplier. The top four vendors in the market are Oracle, Microsoft Corporation, CA Technologies and Planview Inc.

For more information, visit IBISWorlds Project Management Software procurement category market research report page.

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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics

This report is intended to help buyers of project management software or portfolio project management software. Project management software is designed to help track and manage projects from conception to execution. Project management software comes with many tools and features used to manage budgets, assign tasks, allocate resources, and allow collaboration and documentation. This report focuses on Software as a Service (SaaS) project management software where the software is accessed through the internet and cloud computing infrastructure.

Executive Summary

Pricing Environment

Price Fundamentals

Benchmark Price

Pricing Model

Price Drivers

Recent Price Trend

Price Forecast

Product Characteristics

Product Life Cycle

Total Cost of Ownership

Product Specialization

Substitute Goods

Regulation

Quality Control

Supply Chain & Vendors

Supply Chain Dynamics

Supply Chain Risk

Imports

Competitive Environment

Market Share Concentration

Vendor Financial Benchmarks

Switching Costs

Purchasing Process

Buying Basics

Buying Lead Time

Selection Process

Key RFP Elements

Negotiation Questions

Buyer Power Factors

Key Statistics

About IBISWorld Inc.

IBISWorld is one of the world’s leading publishers of business intelligence, specializing in Industry research and Procurement research. Since 1971, IBISWorld has provided thoroughly researched, accurate and current business information. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, IBISWorlds procurement research reports equip clients with the insight necessary to make better purchasing decisions, faster. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld Procurement serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.







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Software Suppliers in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld


Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) February 13, 2014

The move by software suppliers to online platforms has rendered the traditional wholesale-to-retail model redundant. Like other online industries, the Software Suppliers industry is benefiting from this development, resulting in lower costs and higher margins. However, the shift online has had a few negative consequences. This has allowed companies to easily circumvent local tax laws by rerouting their revenue to overseas tax havens. For lower tiered software, it has also resulted in the offshoring of support jobs. However, for higher tiered business software, companies have kept support onshore to ensure more rigorous product support for more complex operations. According IBISWorld industry analyst Sebastian Chia, The rise of mobile computing has also benefitted growth for the Software suppliers industry, allowing Apple and Google to quickly gain market share in a new market segment.

Over the five years through 2013-14, the Software Suppliers industry is expected to grow at an annualised 4.1%. In 2013-14, the Software Suppliers industry is expected to grow by 5.5% to reach $ 6.9 billion. Mobile trends and the rise of cloud computing is expected to continue to drive growth over the period, says Chia. Increased uptake of smartphones and mobile devices will drive growth in small app purchases. Subscription-based services will improve margins and reduce piracy concerns. Cloud computing will also allow for more seamless updates and more powerful software packages. This segment is expected to eat into the market share of traditional on-premises software suppliers over the next five years.

Over the five years through 2018-19, the Software Suppliers industry is expected to grow. The implementation of the National Broadband Network and the continued trend towards mobile and digital services will ensure steady demand for the industry’s services. The Federal Government has recently begun to look into factors affecting start-ups in Australia, which is expected to make the environment more attractive for new entrants.

The industry exhibits low levels of market share concentration. The industrys top three players are Oracle Corporation Australia Pty Limited, SAP Australia Pty Ltd and Microsoft Pty Limited.

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IBISWorld Industry Report Key Topics

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling computer software, and computer software related services. This industry excludes the provision of consulting services.

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Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Basis of Competition

Barriers to Entry

Industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity

Technology & Systems

Revenue Volatility

Regulation & Policy

Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data

Annual Change

Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.

Recognised as the nations most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every Australian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Melbourne, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com.au or call (03) 9655 3886.







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Internet Service Providers in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 18, 2012

The move toward ubiquitous internet access and the exponential growth of internet traffic has benefited the Internet Service Providers industry in the past five years. Regulatory overhaul in 2012 will necessitate government-subsidized network expansion and increase the number of US broadband connections, driving revenue growth, says IBISWorld industry analyst Kevin Boyland. From 2007 to 2012, IBISWorld estimates industry revenue will grow at a 3.4% annualized rate to $ 79.3 billion, with a push toward broadband expansion in rural markets boosting industry revenue 7.6% in 2012.

Business customers have emerged as the most lucrative growth market in the Internet Service Providers industry. Businesses yield high profit margins for ISPs, with dedicated internet access services contributing about a quarter of all industry revenue, adds Boyland. The increasing usage of cloud computing (which involves accessing data and software through the internet) is boosting demand for high-speed access services. Additionally, ISPs are increasing their array of value-added services, acquiring cloud and infrastructure consulting firms to profit further from the business market. As demand for value-added business services continues to increase, industry revenue is forecast to grow over the next five years.

The Internet Service Providers industry has a moderate level of market share concentration and is characterized by a dominant group of larger players and numerous small players. Concentration increased over the past five years because of merger and acquisition activity. Major player Century Link’s acquisition of Qwest Communications more than doubled its market share in 2011. In an effort to increase subscriber numbers and to expand business service offerings, major firms like AT&T and Comcast have acquired rural ISPs and cloud infrastructure providers. Over the next five years, industry consolidation will continue as ISPs increase subscriber bases and network scope. As the market converges, distinct technological systems are evolving toward a set of data services that are bundled together and marketed as one product. Major operators now offer packages that bundle TV, voice, internet and mobile services together. Smaller ISPs that are unable to compete on price with larger operators’ economies of scope will find niche markets, such as small businesses, or leave the industry.

Consumer sentiment about the internet as a necessity rather than a luxury will pressure industry operators in the future; service prices and network management practices will fall under increasing scrutiny. As internet traffic continues to increase, ISPs will exercise more control over their networks and will likely restructure their pricing to a usage-based model despite opposition from consumers. Issues like net neutrality (i.e. treating all internet traffic the same) may lead the FCC to assert more regulatory authority over the industry, pressuring profitability. For more information, visit IBISWorlds Internet Service Providers in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

This industry uses wired infrastructure to provide clients with internet access and related services such as web hosting, web page designing and hardware or software consulting related to internet connectivity. Operators (except telecommunications carriers) may also lease out capacity on their networks to support the network infrastructure of other companies (i.e. backbone services). This industry excludes wireless internet and VoIP services.

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Current Performance

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Globalization & Trade

Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration

Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Barriers to Entry

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity

Key Statistics

Industry Data

Annual Change

Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.

Recognized as the nations most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.







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Data Centres in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld


Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) November 11, 2013

The Data Centres industry has incredible growth potential. Still in its infancy, cloud computing is driven by the internet and all things internet-enabled. The adoption of a cloud computing model is used to achieve economies of scale, enhance information sharing speed and develop new services. These new services have assisted data centre growth significantly over the past five years, during which revenue is expected to have increased at an annualised 6.2%. Industry revenue is forecast to total $ 475.4 million in 2013-14, up 5.0% on the previous year.

Over the next five years, security concerns for the Data Centres industry are expected to remain an important issue. Trust of the third party managing an entity’s private data is at the forefront of security concerns. IBISWorld industry analyst Craig Shulman states not only do data centre users need to be convinced that their data cannot be accessed by the outside world, but also that the cloud operator does not use the information for undesirable purposes. Depending on the holding location of the data, which could be anywhere around the globe, the regulations governing privacy may be different to what the client understands or expects. One advantage of any online business is that the product or service on offer has a global reach. A data centre operator is simply taking all their server rooms, cooling facilities, physical software goods and their updates, and making them available to anyone over an internet connection. Growth in the industry will therefore influence other companies, like those in computer equipment sales, or internet service providers needing to supply adequate bandwidth for data centre users. According to Shulman, cost concerns for the industry will also remain relevant, as electricity transmission, distribution costs and the cost of water continue to rise, placing a greater utility burden on the industry. However, the opportunity to develop data centres in regional areas when the National Broadband Network (NBN) arrives may provide respite for some firms as lower property costs negate the rise in utility costs.

As far as the breakdown of revenue generated from industry operations by the major players, established hybrid technology hardware service providers are still making the largest contributions. Major industry players, IBM and Fujitsu, are the long-standing major market shareholders. However, the potential market size is too big to assume that these markets shares will remain static. Nonetheless, concentration currently remains at a moderate level, at least until the companies have an established market. Industry competition remains strong and as more work is taken offshore and larger players continue to buy smaller players struggling to compete, and international players invest in establishing operations in Australia, market share concentration will oscillate over the coming five years. For more information, visit IBISWorlds Data Centres report in Australia industry page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

This industry is mainly engaged in providing electronic information storage and retrieval services (except library services). While web hosting provides access to information stored on the internet, electronic information storage is the act of storing this information.

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Current Performance

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Products & Markets

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Products & Services

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Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration

Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Basis of Competition

Barriers to Entry

Industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity

Technology & Systems

Revenue Volatility

Regulation & Policy

Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data

Annual Change

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About IBISWorld Inc.

Recognised as the nations most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every Australian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Melbourne, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com.au or call (03) 9655 3886.







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E-Trading Software Developers in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 16, 2012

New product offerings helped steadily grow the e-Trading Software Developers industry through significant changes in the market structure and financial services sector over the past five years. IBISWorld estimates that industry revenue grew at a 1.4% average annual rate over the five years to 2012. Higher revenue and profit were underpinned by an increased rate of new-product innovation driven by new technology trends. Cloud computing technologies, open and standardized development frameworks and the proliferation of data lead to new software functionalities, lowered software development costs and improved software times to market. These technologies, in turn, helped industry firms grow demand through new product offerings while lowering costs to improve profit margins, says IBISWorld industry analyst Doug Kelly. At the same time, they also increased the level of external industry competition from software developed internally by large financial firms by making it easier for them to develop their own systems more cost-effectively.

The increasing globalization of financial markets and growth in electronic trading increased investor demands for access to trading multiple asset classes globally, lower trading costs and improved analytics and data management functionality. As a result, financial firms investment in new trading software to meet these demands. Additionally, new regulations on the financial sector in 2010 prompted higher spending on industry software by financial firms to improve the transparency, efficiency and profitability of their trading operations. Consequently, IBISWorld expects industry revenue to grow 4.9% in 2012 to about $ 5.2 billion as institutional investors continue to spend on upgraded trading software that they delayed due to the recession. IBISWorld anticipates changing investor demands will continue to drive new industry product offerings and revenue growth over the next five years. Revenue is forecast to improve at a strong rate through 2017. According to Kelly, investors will continue to demand and spend on new trading platforms that combine advanced data management, data-neutral analytics and quicker execution times across numerous asset classes into a single interface. Profitability is also expected to improve as the industry consolidates and reduces labor and development costs to offset higher external competition from customized, internally developed software from the industry’s larger financial service firm clients.

The e-Trading Software Developers industry exhibits a low level of concentration, with the largest industry player accounting for about 11.4% of industry revenue in 2012. The industry is highly fragmented with many players entering and exiting the industry frequently due to moderate yet decreasing barriers to entry. In the five years to 2012, the number of industry enterprises has decreased at an annualized rate of 0.3% to 126. Larger firms are acquiring smaller firms with talented employees and innovative software to increase their own scale and protect their market share. Over the next five years, such consolidation activity will gain momentum as firms become larger and more capable of making costly acquisitions. For more information, visit IBISWorlds e-Trading Software Developers in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

This industry includes firms that primarily develop independent, third-party software that allows institutional and retail investors to access and execute and monitor positions in securities markets. It excludes trading platforms developed by exchanges and alternative trading systems. Trading platforms developed internally by institutional investors and financial intermediaries such as banks and securities broker-dealers are also not included in this industry.

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About IBISWorld Inc.

Recognized as the nations most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.







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Cloud Computing in the UK Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld


London, United Kingdom (PRWEB) October 06, 2012

The Cloud Computing industry has incredible growth potential as it is still in its infancy. Drivers of cloud computing are all things internet and internet-enabled. The adoption of a cloud-computing model is used for achieving economies of scale, enhancing information sharing speed and developing new services. In 2012-13, the industry is expected to generate

Computer Manufacturing in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 14, 2012

The Computer Manufacturing industry is being rapidly supplanted by imports, particularly from China. “While import penetration in this industry stood at 50.7% in 2007, imports are expected to satisfy an estimated 68.6% of domestic demand in 2012,” says IBISWorld industry analyst Andrew Krabeepetcharat. As a result of offshoring by US-based companies and increased competition from international firms, domestic manufacturing activity has declined. Over the five years to 2012, industry revenue is expected to fall at an average annual rate of 5.1% to $ 36.8 billion, including a drop of 11.1% in 2012 alone.

The industry’s woes cannot be blamed on a lack of demand. In fact, the share of US households that owns at least one computer increased by 7.5 percentage points from 2007 to 2012. While demand has grown, fierce competition and widespread product homogeneity (the result of computers being assembled from standardized components) have led to falling prices and profit margins. According to Krabeepetcharat, “Computer and peripheral equipment prices fell from 2007 to 2012, and as a result, personal computer (PC) sales are estimated to generate razor-thin margins of 1.0% in 2012.” Fortunately, PCs are not the only products in this industry, and industry profit, which includes computers and more profitable products, is expected to account for 3.8% of revenue in 2012.

The Computer Manufacturing industry is highly concentrated, with the four largest companies controlling a vast majority of industry revenue. Major players have been extremely aggressive in acquisitions during the past five years, and IBISWorld expects further concentration of industry revenue in the future as these acquisitions continue. Currently, Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell are the largest US-based computer manufacturers. Competition from abroad has tightened profit margins and prices on mass-market computer systems. Consequently, most of the industry’s largest players operate in several related industries to diversify their revenue sources, with a particular emphasis on the highly profitable enterprise segment and Information Technology (IT) services. Trouble for manufacturers arose from Apple’s introduction of a product that has cannibalized its own laptop market. The iPad, which sold three million units in just 80 days after launching in June 2010, proved tablet computing’s viability. Because of the rising demand for the iPad, other computer manufacturers have developed their own tablets, which are gaining popularity. IBISWorld expects the mobile computing segment of this industry will expand; however, tablets will cut into industry revenue since they are manufactured abroad and are a competing force to domestic computer manufacturing.

While the emergence of new products and services will boost industry performance, US manufacturers are not expected to produce the required hardware. Major manufacturers make computers abroad to take advantage of lower labor costs and be close to semiconductor manufacturers, which produce essential computer components. As the level of standardization and price competition increase, industry revenue and profit margins will continue to feel downward pressure. Consequently, IBISWorld projects that revenue will fall over the five years to 2017.

For more information, visit IBISWorlds Computer Manufacturing in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

This industry manufactures and/or assembles personal computers (PCs), laptops and servers. Operators typically purchase computer components (e.g. motherboards and graphics cards) from dedicated manufacturers in other industries (IBISWorld report 33441a, Semiconductor and Circuit Manufacturing). This industry does not include tablet computers, nor does it include manufacturers of computer monitors, mice, keyboards and printers (IBISWorld report 33411b, Computer Peripheral Manufacturing).

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About IBISWorld Inc.

Recognized as the nations most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.







IT Security Consulting in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 14, 2012

In the five years to 2012, IBISWorld estimates that revenue for the IT Security Consulting industry has increased at an annualized rate of 10.9% to $ 4.9 billion. During that time, says IBISWorld industry analyst Kevin Culbert, industry operators have benefited from the increasing adoption of e-commerce, growth in mobile internet access and a variety high-profile data breaches. Companies such as Sony, Zappos and LinkedIn have been victims of recent cyberattacks and have thrust IT security into the spotlight. This factor has contributed to industry growth over the past five years, including expected revenue growth of 9.8% in 2012.

Over the past five years, an increasing number of broadband connections, coupled with exponential growth in the number of mobile connections, has contributed to the rising demand for IT security. IT security consultants have benefited from these trends because they cause more data to be stored in cloud servers. Furthermore, the rise of cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS) have caused an increasing percentage of services to be conducted online. In 2012, IBISWorld estimates that 9.4% of services will be conducted online, up from 5.9% in 2007. As more services are completed online, industry operators have benefited from a rising number of security breaches, says Culbert. This has ultimately contributed to increasing demand, which has caused industry profit margins to rise in spite of a rising number of industry operators. IBISWorld estimates that the number of firms operating in the IT Security Consulting industry has increased rapidly in the five years to 2012.

Industry operators have also experienced growth as a result of high-profile data breaches. Companies face the constant danger of hacking from ever-evolving threats. As soon as a computer virus is discovered, it might already have numerous variations, each requiring a different security patch. Government agencies also face similar issues, albeit with potentially higher stakes. Indeed, the world has recently entered the era of cyberwarfare. The Stuxnet virus, which targeted Iranian nuclear facilities, is proof that IT security is becoming increasingly important for government agencies around the world. Public sector demand is expected to grow in the five years to 2017, contributing to healthy revenue growth during that time. For more information, visit IBISWorlds IT Security Consulting in the US industry report page.

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This industry offers managed IT security services, such as firewall and intrusion prevention, security threat analysis, proactive security vulnerability and penetration testing and incident preparation and response, including IT forensics.

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