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Research and Markets: Russia Information Technology Report Q4 2012

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/3389fn/russia) has announced the addition of the "Russia Information Technology Report Q4 2012" report to their offering.

Russian IT spending is expected to reach US$21.4bn in 2012, up 11%, with the market set to receive a boost after Russia's historic entry into the WTO, finally confirmed in August 2012. IT services vendors reported stronger demand from Russian organisations in 2011 as the market bounced back. The broader use of ICT in government and other sectors will ensure an upward market trajectory in the medium term, along with major projects in other key sectors such as banking and oil and gas, and a restructuring of the utilities sector.

Key Trends & Developments

- Russia's WTO entry should boost the hardware sector through cuts in taxes on imports, which currently amount to 5-15% of a product's added value. However, much will depend on the government's ability to maintain an environment conducive to further development, including an effective customs regime, low import duties and generally transparent business environment.

Many challenges remain, specifically for the IT sector, and further government action is needed in areas such as protecting intellectual property rights and creating a sound legal framework.

- Vendors will look to opportunities in the public sector, which has launched a number of egovernment service pilots in areas ranging from universal identity cards to online fee payment.

- There is currently a big disparity between the level of demand in the major cities and the provinces, with the headquarters of most major domestic and multinational being located in Moscow or St Petersburg. However, a growing installed base of hardware and software platforms in provincial areas will fuel more spending on services.

Publication Overview

The Russia 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 Russia's information technology industry.

Companies Mentioned

- IBS

- IBM

- Kraftway

- NCC

- Hewlett-Packard

- Oracle Corp

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/3389fn/russia

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