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A recent IDC survey in Western Europe suggests that 2009 spending on ERP applications will be strongly impacted by the current economic crisis.
Twenty-one percent of all respondents said their ERP spend would be lower or much lower in 2009 than in 2008. France will be particularly hard hit, but the Nordics and Germany will feel less of an impact. A closer look at ERP spending plans also shows that larger enterprises with more than 2,500 employees will be most vulnerable to ERP spending cutbacks.
On a more positive note, respondents hinted at increased average spending in 2009 for all other software categories, including security software, storage software, databases, systems management, and systems software. This confirms IDC's view that infrastructure software spend will be the most resilient to macroeconomic fluctuations. There are also clear indications that CRM applications will see increased spending in 2009.
"For ERP vendors in Europe, 2009 will no doubt be a very hard year, particularly for those selling in the large enterprise segment," says Bo Lykkegaard, research director, European Software and Services, IDC.
Source: Manufacturing & Logistics IT
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