Digital education to drive ICT spending

ICT in education to drive Aussie ICT spending close to $3.2 billion by 2015

The growing role of computers, the internet and mobile devices in delivering education will drive ICT spending in Australia, according to a new report by IDC.

The report, Education ICT Market Forecast and Analysis 2011 to 2015, found that the increasing penetration of ICT in the classroom, within both K-12 and university, will bring ICT spending close to $3.2 billion by 2015.

IDC predicted that ICT spending within the education sector will reach $3.16 billion by 2015, with the education sector currently contributing 5.9 per cent or a little more than $2.78 billion of ICT spending in the total Australian market.

According to the report, the top three priorities within the education sector include migrating to new hardware or software platforms, aligning IT with business direction and developing effective business cases for IT investment.

"Education organisations are now required to build the application, platforms, services and solutions that will utilise that hardware and deliver the experiences, interactivity and outcomes this infrastructure investment promises,” IDC research manager, Emilie Ditton, said in a statement.

“Videoconferencing, collaboration technologies, mobility and storage will be particular areas of ongoing opportunity."

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