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- Published: October 2012
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Croatia Information Technology Report 2010
- Published: November 2009
- Region: Croatia
- 49 Pages
- Business Monitor International
The Croatia Information Technology Report provides industry professionals and strategists, corporate analysts, information technology associations, government departments and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on Croatia's information technology industry.
The total size of the Croatian IT market in 2010 is estimated by BMI at around US$1.15bn, up from US$1.13bn in 2009. Croatia's IT market is expected to record low single-digit growth in 2010 following a contraction in 2009, as businesses and consumers retrenched due to the recession. Trading conditions will remain challenging for IT vendors, with modest private consumption and investment growth projected. There should still be opportunities in 2010. Lower prices, broadband roll-outs, new entertainment features and a greater premium on mobility will be among factors boosting the popularity of notebooks in a country where household PC penetration remains below 50%. Despite budgetary stresses, the government is determined to continue making progress on ICT development and 2009 saw more money pledged for a number of initiatives.
The short-term economic outlook is difficult, but BMI expects IT spending per capita to expand from US$252 in 2009 to US$343 in 2014, thanks to revived economic growth from 2010 and continued convergence with the EU. With the state still owning a wide range of companies across sectors like transport, telecoms, oil and gas, media and insurance, the prospects for more rapid IT market growth are directly correlated to the success of economic reform.
Despite severe fiscal pressures in 2009, the Croatian government continued to invest in IT as part of its drive to improve the competitiveness of Croatia's economy and to narrow the gap with EU countries. Projects rolled out in 2009 included a major healthcare IT system upgrade, part of an initiative launched with the 2009 budget, as well as new VAT payment and prosecutorial case-tracking systems. The Croatian government announced in June 2009 that it had launched a HRK55mn upgrade of the national primary care IT system. The three-phase project covers maintenance, installation and implementation of new functionalities within the existing Croatian healthcare IT system. The entire project was scheduled to be complketed by the end of 2010.
Another key area for modernisation is e-government, where the National Office for e-Croatia is coordinating government efforts with technical support and financial assistance from the EU. In 2009, the Tax Administration of the Finance Ministry modernised its VAT system with assistance from EU funds. The project was the second completed in this area.
HP continued to lead the Croatia computer market in 2009, ahead of local rival M San Grup and Taiwanese notebook giant Acer. Other best selling multinational brands include Lenovo and Dell. For notebooks, HP, Acer, Fujitsu-Siemens and M San Grupa are among the leaders. The leading distributor of computers is supplier HG Spot. Gradual increases in mobile and fixed broadband penetration have increased the popularity of low-cost portable computers.
Microsoft dominates the operating system software segment and benefits from a government software licensing agreement worth around HRK74mn. Across all software segments, global vendors account for around 40% of revenues, with local vendors taking the rest. SAP is the enterprise application software leader, but the market is quite open, with around 20 companies competing for share.
Global and regional IT services vendors were active in Croatia in 2009. IBM enjoyed success in the public sector, with wins from the Finance Ministry and the Office of the Chief State Prosecutor. Meanwhile, regional player Hermes SoftLab, now part of the ComTrade group, won a tender to deliver a retail e-banking solution for Croatia's BKS Bank, while Polish IT giant Asseco also expanded its presence following two local company acquisitions.
BMI forecasts that the Croatian PC market (including notebooks and accessories) will be worth US$491mn in 2010, with flat or low single-digit growth compared with 2008. In H109, volume sales suffered a double-digit percentage decline, with negative growth in both desktop and notebook categories. PC sales were expected to finish in negative growth territory for full-year 2009 due largely to the sharp economic deceleration.
BMI estimated total PC unit sales of about 300,000-330,000 in 2009. The preference for notebooks has continued, accounting for 50% of sales in H109 to maintain 2008 levels. Lower prices, higher internet penetration, new entertainment features and a greater premium on mobility are among the factors boosting the popularity of notebooks.
Croatia's software market is forecast by BMI at US$200mn in 2010 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8% over the 2010-2014 forecast period. The 2009 economic slowdown had an impact on software spending in key verticals such as financial services, telecoms and government. The uncertainty led some companies to review IT budgets or look to defer systems updates, but other companies saw IT as a means of achieving greater efficiencies in difficult times. The domestic software market is still expected to grow to US$277mn by 2014, driven in part by government and EU-subsidised IT projects. Sales were expected to return to single-digit positive growth in 2010, followed by a double-digit performance in 2011. Looking ahead, an environment of privatisation deals and investment in modernisation is likely to drive growth.
The Croatian IT services market is projected at US$353mn in 2010 according to BMI estimates and is expected to be the fastest-growing IT market segment over the forecast period. Following some major projects in recent years, demand slowed somewhat in 2009 due to the recession.
IT services account for less than 30% of all IT spending in Croatia's hardware-dominated market presently and the market is relatively undeveloped. However, there are a number of potential drivers including privatisation and modernisation in many industry sectors, new competitive pressures that prompt companies to look for efficiencies and EU support for reform.
Croatian government statistics reveal a disparity in the level of e-readiness in household and business sectors. Data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics in September 2008 (the data related to 2007) found that less than one-third of Croatians used a computer every day and less than half once a week. The survey found that computer and internet use was only common among the younger population (below 24). E-skills were judged low and only 7% of those surveyed had purchased anything on the internet within the past year.
A further report released in February 2009 found an increase of only 4% in three measured categories of household IT penetration compared with the previous year. Only 7% of Croatians purchased goods and services over the internet according to the survey.
By contrast, nearly all enterprises used computers and had internet access according to the 2009 survey, with 84% of enterprises conducting at least some financial business on the internet. Around 98% of enterprises used computers on a daily basis and 64% had a website. However, the survey indicated considerable room for development, with only 22% of enterprises involved in e-commerce, up just 2% on the previous year. Moreover, the percentage of companies utilising an intranet had actually dropped dramatically compared with the previous year's survey, to just 31% from 64%. The survey found a small increase in enterprise usage of e-government services, although for roughly half of the companies, this was mainly limited to basic activities such as obtaining information and downloading forms. SHOW LESS READ MORE >
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IT Business Environment Ratings
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Table: Croatia's IT Industry – Historical Data & Forecasts (US$mn Unless Otherwise Stated)
Table: Rural/Urban Breakdown, 2005-2030
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Table: Vital Statistics, 2005-2030
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Table: Employment Indicators, 1999-2004
Table: Average Annual Wages, 2000-2010
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Table: IT Business Environment Indicators
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