IDC have released a report on the Australian Education ICT market (you can buy it here, if you’ve got a spare $4,500), and a matching press release (which is free fortunately).
The headline numbers are:
And the reasons for this growth (and the size of the total spend) is spelt out by IDC as:
IDC have also looked at the top three ICT priorities for organisations in the Australian education market, and they are:
These priorities reflect the focus across the sector on putting the right infrastructure and platforms in place to deliver a new kind of reality in the delivery of education. As Emilie Ditton, the Market Analyst at IDC says:
So what does that mean for organisations supplying and supporting education ICT in Australia?
The IDC team provide a clear short summary:
Vendors working to find opportunities within the education sector must work with their customers to build ICT strategies that deliver against the institution objectives, and particularly help them understand how key technologies — mobility, cloud, and business analytics, for example — can help to deliver improved educational outcomes and experiences.