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9 gennaio 2015 - “Italy represents a very important market for us. We are looking forward to doubling our revenues at the end of the next triennium,” said Pedro Garcia Martin, the president and CEO of Indra Italia, Italian branch of theSpanish multinational, specialized in ICT systems and solutions with group global sales of €3 billion last year.
It is a leading company, with locations scattered around Italy (in Rome, Milan, Bologna, Naples and Matera), whose optimism about Italy’s digital future is encouraging. Especially given that over the last four years the electronic and ICT industry lost €7 billion in revenues.
The digital market in 2014, according to figures by Netconsulting, should close just below €64 billion; in 2010, the revenues were just below €71 billion. Foreign competition by hardware producers – and by software producers as well – has ripped the fabric of an industry lacking big companies (like Olivetti) and which despite several important players both small and large (STMicroelectronics, Datalogic and so on) has been badly affected by globalization.
Now something is changing.
“We are taking advantage of companies’ necessity to invest in all cloud solutions,” said Paolo Castellacci, president of Sesa, an Empoli group listed at Milan stock exchange, which is leader in the field of IT solutions for businesses.
Via the strategic partnership with the main IT vendors (from IBM to Cisco, to Microsoft, to Oracle) the focus on added-value business lines (server, storage, evolved software, networking) and the grip on industrial and service companies, Sesa (€832 million revenues in Italy) managed to boost its business.
“Last year we made some acquisitions. And we will do more, aiming at market niches, as we’ve done so far,” Castellacci said. “We will also focus on storage in terms of security , connectivity and big data management.”
The overall panorama is still characterised by polarization between who has innovated and who has not.
And some managed to make the grade even in those areas where the competition from giant companies would be expected to cut out smaller players. In the TLC sector small infrastructure operators are doing business cabling some areas of Italy.
With its fiber network, Brennercom is spreading beyond Alto Adige , whereas Ngi (based in Varese, €43 million revenues, 200 employees) has successfully devoted its efforts to wireless Internet.
“We got four public contracts from the Ministry of Economic Development to reduce the digital divide in Emilia Romagna, Liguria, Umbria and Marche. The demand for good connectivity is bucking us up,” Ngi’s president Luca Spada said.
Netconsulting’s figures for Assinform (Confindustria’s association of IT companies), confirms that there are some reasons for optimism. In 2014, the digital market, including traditional ICT and new products, reduced its slide (-2% vis-à-vis -4.4% in 2013.) And in 2015, the sector is expected to grow (+1%).
“This trend features interesting data. In 2014, devices and systems returned to growth, as well as software,” said Agostino Santoni, president of Assinform. The trend should be confirmed in 2015.
For cloud computing the market will soar from €537 million in 2014 to €727 million in 2015, compared to revenues of €380 million in 2013.
The percentage increase will be +35.4% in 2015 on the heels of +41.3% at the end of 2014.
“Now we have the technology. We need industry and government to work together because, we cannot deny it, without digitalisation of public administration, the action will not be complete,” Santoni said.
Companies are aware that the digital transformation of public offices is key.
“We are asking for the strict implementation of the government’s program, which includes the ultra broadband plan and digital growth,” Santoni said. “The industry is ready.”
Values in millions of euro and percentage change year-on-year. E= forecasts (Source: Netconsulting, Dec. 2014)
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