IT Spending Trends in European Banking

October 7, 2002

Abstract

Paris, France Boston, MA, USA October 7, 2002

IT Budgets at European Banks set to reach over €45.8 bn

In a new report, Celent examines European banks plans for IT investments and finds that spending levels continue to increase, albeit modestly.

Celent predicts that four European banks will spend in excess of €2 bn on information technology (IT) in 2002. Deutsche Bank will top the list with €3.1 bn, while UBS and HSBC will spend €2.8 bn each, and ABN Amro will spend €2.3 bn.

According to Octavio Marenzi, managing director at Celent, "European banks are gradually moving away from proprietary development of their applications to greater outsourcing. With this shift, European banks will have to develop better skills in vendor selection, in the management of multi-vendor projects, and creating IT architectures that allow external software to be integrated more readily."

The reports goes on to find that, despite difficult market conditions, European banks’ IT budgets continue to grow. However, more resources are now being diverted into projects that can clearly demonstrate positive returns on investment, or serve a mission critical need.

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Table of Contents

 

Paris, France Boston, MA, USA October 7, 2002

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 3
INTRODUCTION 4
BACKGROUND 4
  Mergers, Consolidation and Their Impact on IT Spending 9
  Trends in Eastern Europe and Implications for Technology Investments 14
IT SPENDING BY COMMERCIAL BANKS IN WESTERN EUROPE 19
  Definition 19
IT SPENDING BY WESTERN EUROPEAN BANKS 21
  Internal - External Split 21
  New and Maintenance - Related Technology Spending 21
  IT Spending by Large European Banks 24
MOVING TO PACKAGED SOFTWARE 27
CONCLUSION 29

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