IT Spending Trends in European Banking, 2005

by Axel Pierron, July 20, 2005


Paris, France July 20, 2005

Celent expects IT spending at European banks to exceed over €45.7 billion in 2005.

In a new report, " ," Celent provides detailed information on the types of IT investments being made this year by European banks. The report includes analysis of the IT priorities at European banks, including how budgets are being allocated and the business trends driving those decisions.

This year HSBC leads European banks in total IT spending, with an estimated budget of over €3 billion. UBS takes second place with €2.8 billion allocated to IT, followed by Deutsche Bank with €2.6 billion. ABN AMRO takes fourth with an estimated €2.28 billion. Only these four are members of the elite club of European banks spending more than €2 billion on IT in 2005.

In 2005, European banks will increase IT spending 2.5% from last year. In conjunction with this growth, technology investments now make up a smaller share of European banks’ operating expenses. IT costs as a percentage of total operating expenses fell 3%. "In fact, the modest augmentation in 2005 was primarily driven by increased maintenance costs due to the enormous volume of business generated in 2004. Clearly, the turbo-charged IT spending days of 2002-2003, as European banks look to rein in operating costs allocated to IT", says Axel Pierron, Celent Analyst and author of the report. "Cost reduction is still the main goal" adds Pierron.

Three benefits stand out among those driving IT spending: cost reduction (90%), replacing legacy systems (75%), and improving customer service (65%). Compliance with new regulations will be among the year’s main priority. According to Celent 39% of European banks place compliance at the top of their agenda due to the approaching implementation of regulation such as Basel II and MiFID.

The 28-page report contains 14 figures.

of Celent's Retail Banking and Wholesale Banking research services can download the report electronically by clicking on the icon to the left.  Non-members should contact for more information.


Send mail to with questions or comments about this Web site.

Celent is a research and advisory firm dedicated to helping financial institutions formulate comprehensive business and technology strategies. Celent publishes reports identifying trends and best practices in financial services technology and conducts consulting engagements for financial institutions looking to use technology to enhance existing business processes or launch new business strategies. With a team of internationally based analysts, Celent is uniquely positioned to offer strategic advice and market insights on a global basis. Celent is a member of the Oliver Wyman Group, which is a wholly-owned operating unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC].

Media Contacts

North America
Michele Pace
Tel: +1 212 345 1366

Europe (London)
Chris Williams
Tel: +44 (0)782 448 3336

Asia (Tokyo)
Yumi Nagaoka
Tel.: +81 3 3500 3023

Table of Contents


Paris, France July 20,  2005

IT Spending Trends in  European Banking, 2005

Return to report Abstract

Executive Summary 3
Definition 5
IT Spending Trends 8
IT Priorities 13
IT Budget Allocation 16
  Maintenance vs. New Projects 16
  IT Budget Allocation by Major Banking Division 18
  IT Budget Allocation by Type of Services 19
New Project Spending Trends 20
Looking Forward 25
Objectivity & Methodology 27

Sign in to download reports and access personalized information