IT Spending in Banking: A Global Perspective

by Gareth Lodge,  Hua Zhang,  Jacob Jegher, January 19, 2012
Industry Trends
Global, Asia-Pacific, EMEA, Latin America, North America

Abstract

Total bank IT spending across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific will grow to US$173.3 billion in 2012. This spending level is approximately 2.8% higher than 2011. This is a discouraging but not surprising indicator that IT spending growth is slightly on the decline.

In a new report, IT Spending in Banking: A Global Perspective, Celent analyzes IT spending trends across different regions: North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. The report compares and contrasts the direction of IT spending trends.

The majority of the growth is coming from Asia-Pacific banks: spending by banks in this region will grow by 6.0% in 2012 to US$59.4 billion. This growth will continue in 2013 to reach US$62.3 billion. North American banks, specifically US banks, are reporting more dismal results. North American banks’ spending will grow by a mere 2.4% in 2012 to US$54.7 billion. This figure will increase gradually to 2.9% in 2013 to US$56.3 billion. European banks are in far deeper trouble and are reporting little to no growth. Spending by European banks will grow 0.3% in 2012 to US$59.2 billion. European spending growth will continue to be flat through 2013, increasing by just 0.4% to US$59.5 billion.

“From an IT spending perspective, the next couple of years are going to be rocky,” says Jacob Jegher, Senior Analyst with Celent's Banking Group and coauthor of the report. “The good news is that a slight turnaround is in sight. When examining the sum of the three regions, IT spending is expected to grow by 3.1% in 2013 and 3.4% in 2014.”

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 part of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC].

Media Contacts

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Europe (London)
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Table of Contents

Executive Summary

3

Introduction

7

Definition of IT Banking

8

North America 

10

 

Internal Vs. External Spending

12

 

Top Trends

16

Europe

20

 

Top Trends

27

Asia-Pacific

30

 

Top Trends

35

Conclusion

38

Leveraging Celent’s Expertise

39

 

Support for Financial Institutions

39

 

Support for Vendors

39

Related Celent Research

40

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