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During recent years, RoI has emerged as a global leader in software production and Europe’s premiere location for software development. It is among the largest exporters of software in the world and is the European headquarters for many giant US firms such as Microsoft, IBM and Oracle. NI similarly has attracted FDI in the software industry from a number of international firms including Nortel, Liberty IT and Openwave. Throughout IoI there is also a vibrant indigenous software development industry which has achieved success on an international scale.

After experiencing a period of considerable progress, the global economic situation threatens growth in the Irish software market in the short to medium term. This report looks at both risks and opportunities in the ICT Software market in Ireland.

Key themes of the report:

  • The current economic climate has created a difficult trading environment generally. The ICT software sector has arguably the widest customer base catering to every industry sector. Will this insulate or leave the ICT software industry more exposed?

  • RoI is a global leader in software production, however, the country is no longer a low cost destination. As companies look to cut costs in this period of financial crisis, there is a danger that multinational corporations could pull out of the Irish market.

  • Microsoft’s monopoly is slowly deteriorating as other operating systems such as Mac and Linux slowly gain market share.

  • ‘Cloud computing’ is gaining popularity and is expected to gain mass popularity in 2009. This technology is set to revolutionise the way in which software is distributed and sold.

  • Public sector spending on software is vital to the industry. In NI, the Review of Public Administration is creating a wealth of opportunities for the sector. In RoI however, the public procurement process is thought to be hindering Irish SMEs.

  • The RoI software market is largely an export market with more than 95% of turnover generated from exports. The strengthening of the Euro against both the Sterling and the US dollar is likely therefore to impact negatively on export sales as the country’s two main export destinations are the US and the UK.

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Issues in the Market

      • Key themes of the report:
        • Definition
          • Abbreviations
          • Insights and Opportunities

            • Gaming software remains fair game in downturn
              • Stormy seas for software pirates
                • Belfast emerges as global outsourcing destination
                • Market in Brief

                  • All-Ireland ICT software industry valued at €23.5 billion in 2008
                    • The effects of recession on the ICT software market
                      • Software exports exposed by strong Euro
                        • Sunny outlook for cloud computing in 2009
                          • Open source: Helping or hindering the industry?
                            • Microsoft’s monopoly slips as Mac and Linux gain market share
                              • Piracy costs software industry $53 billion globally
                                • Streamlining NI public sector creates opportunities…
                                  • …while public sector procurement hinders SME growth in RoI
                                    • RoI broadband penetration levels low
                                      • Rising immigration levels threaten knowledge economy
                                        • Future prospects
                                        • Market Background

                                          • Key points
                                            • Software opportunities in every industry
                                              • Software classification
                                                • Software classifications
                                                  • Dot-bomb – the dot-com bubble busts
                                                    • The effects on the Irish software market
                                                      • Software sector is well supported
                                                        • Irish Software Association
                                                          • Momentum
                                                          • Internal Market Environment

                                                            • Key points
                                                              • Cloud computing to gain mass popularity in 2009
                                                                • Green benefits of cloud computing
                                                                  • Dark cloud threatens new technology
                                                                    • RoI Minister pins hopes of silver lining on cloud computing
                                                                      • Opening the market with open source
                                                                        • Closing the Gates on Microsoft
                                                                          • Figure 1: Global operating system share trend, May 2008 to March 2009
                                                                        • Software piracy costs the industry $53 billion worldwide
                                                                          • Figure 2: Software piracy rates worldwide, RoI and UK, 2003-08
                                                                        • Low broadband access in RoI could hamper sector
                                                                          • Figure 3: Broadband penetration rates (lines per 100 population), EU, July 2008
                                                                        • NI broadband services helps region compete in a global market
                                                                          • Rise of the consumer-driven mobile market
                                                                            • Spin out companies drive innovation
                                                                              • High cost base in RoI may hamper future investment
                                                                              • Broader Market Environment

                                                                                • Key points
                                                                                  • RoI economic woes worsen in 2009
                                                                                    • Figure 4: Economic outlook, RoI, 2008-10
                                                                                  • Unemployment rate tops 11.4% in April 2009
                                                                                    • NI to enter recession in 2009
                                                                                      • Figure 5: Economic outlook and forecast, NI, 2008-10
                                                                                    • NI remains in a strong position to tackle recession
                                                                                      • Strong Euro hinders RoI’s competitiveness
                                                                                        • Figure 6: Euro rate against US Dollar and Sterling, Jan 2008-April 2009
                                                                                        • Figure 7: RoI software export destinations
                                                                                      • Ailing financial sector: repercussions on software industry
                                                                                        • Banking crisis will have measured impact on software funding
                                                                                          • Streamlining NI public sector creates software opportunities
                                                                                            • Figure 8: Proposed changes to streamline NI public administration, 2006
                                                                                          • Public sector procurement costs software SMEs
                                                                                            • Low corporation tax in RoI attracts FDI to software industry
                                                                                              • Figure 9: Corporate tax rates, selected countries, 2008
                                                                                            • Erin go broke?
                                                                                              • RoI education system among the best in the world
                                                                                                • Figure 10: Number of tertiary graduates in math, science and technology per 1,000 inhabitants aged 20-29 – (2005)
                                                                                              • NI’s talent pool – key to attracting FDI
                                                                                                • Skills shortage may hamper the sector in NI
                                                                                                  • Young and vibrant workforce drives the industry
                                                                                                    • Figure 11: NI and RoI population, by age group, 2007
                                                                                                    • Figure 12: Projected percentage population under 25 years, 2010
                                                                                                  • Declining immigration may create a skills shortage
                                                                                                      • Figure 13: Nationality of computer software workforce, RoI, 2006
                                                                                                    • New brain drain threatens?
                                                                                                      • Figure 14: Unemployment claimants by age, RoI, Feb 2008-09
                                                                                                      • Figure 15: Unemployment claimants by age, NI, Q4 2007-Q4 2008
                                                                                                  • Market Value and Forecast

                                                                                                    • Key points
                                                                                                      • Figure 16: Estimated market value of the all-Ireland ICT software sector, 2003-13
                                                                                                      • Figure 17: Indexed trends of IoI ICT Software market 2003-13
                                                                                                  • Market Segmentation

                                                                                                    • Key points
                                                                                                      • Segmentation rationale
                                                                                                        • Foreign owned companies comprise 93% of RoI turnover
                                                                                                          • Figure 18: ICT Software turnover by Foreign-owned and Indigenous companies, RoI, 2003-09
                                                                                                        • RoI exports 95% of total software
                                                                                                          • Figure 19: ICT software exports by foreign-owned and indigenous companies, RoI, 2003-09
                                                                                                      • Strengths and Weaknesses

                                                                                                        • Strengths
                                                                                                          • Weaknesses
                                                                                                          • Suppliers

                                                                                                            • Key points
                                                                                                              • Key analysis
                                                                                                                • RoI companies
                                                                                                                  • Amdocs
                                                                                                                    • Cúram Software Ltd
                                                                                                                      • Iona Technologies
                                                                                                                        • NetIQ
                                                                                                                          • Openet Telecom Ltd
                                                                                                                            • Oracle Ireland
                                                                                                                              • Quest Software International Ltd
                                                                                                                                • Sage Hibernia Ltd
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 20: Sage Group financial information (£m), 2004-08
                                                                                                                                  • Sophis Technology (Ireland) Ltd
                                                                                                                                    • NI companies
                                                                                                                                      • Aepona Ltd
                                                                                                                                        • Consilium Technologies
                                                                                                                                          • First Derivatives
                                                                                                                                            • Kainos Software Ltd
                                                                                                                                              • Lagan Technologies Ltd
                                                                                                                                                • Liberty Information Technologies Ltd
                                                                                                                                                  • Meridio Ltd
                                                                                                                                                    • Wombat Financial Software
                                                                                                                                                    • Buyers

                                                                                                                                                      • Key points
                                                                                                                                                        • Public sector
                                                                                                                                                          • RoI public sector
                                                                                                                                                            • NI public sector
                                                                                                                                                              • Enterprises’ use of ICT
                                                                                                                                                                • Purpose of using the Internet
                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 21: Purposes of using the internet by manufacturing, condtruction and services sectors, RoI, 2006-07
                                                                                                                                                                • Internet security
                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 22: Security facilities used by manufacturing, condtruction and services sectors, RoI, 2006-07
                                                                                                                                                              • Appendix

                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 23: Immigration and emigration numbers, RoI, 2001-08
                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 24: Immigration and emigration numbers, NI, 2001-07

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                                                                                                                                                              • The Consumer

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                                                                                                                                                              • The Market

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                                                                                                                                                              • The Opportunities

                                                                                                                                                                Where The White Space Is. How To Make It Yours.

                                                                                                                                                              • The Trends

                                                                                                                                                                What’s Shaping Demand – Today And Tomorrow.

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