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Qatar Information Technology Report Q1 2016

  • January 2016
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  • Business Monitor International
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  • 69 pages

BMI View: We hold a positive outlook on the Qatari economy and the IT market as a whole despite the global oil slump that has lowered oil prices since 2014. IT market growth in Qatar will be maintained by large government programmes, modernisation efforts and public sector initiatives aimed at hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022. This is all set against the backdrop of Qatar's high private consumption levels, which combines with the bright economic growth outlook to support our view of the market as a regional outperformer. Additionally, the ICT sector has been a key beneficiary of the government's drive to diversify the economy away from hydrocarbons, notably through its e-Government 2020 Strategy and strong support for the development of smart cities. BMI expects the government to remain committed to these goals, despite the sharp drop in oil prices in the second half of 2014. Indeed, lower oil prices further emphasise the importance of catalysing growth in other sectors, and the government can rely on large fiscal reserves to continue enhancing IT systems across government agencies and state-owned companies, at least over the next two to three years.

Headline Expenditure Projections

-Computer Hardware Sales: QAR3.10bn in 2014 to QAR4.00bn in 2019, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2% in local currency terms. Market saturation means there will not be explosive growth, with even the tablet market mature by 2015, but a combination of strong consumption growth and underlying population growth will sustain steady medium-term growth in spending.

-Software Sales: QAR548mn in 2014 to QAR828mn in 2019, a CAGR of 8.6% in local currency terms. The dominance of oil and gas in the local economy limits the size of the software market, but scope remains for growth in the enterprise market over the medium term through the modernisation and diversification government initiatives.

-IT Services Sales: QAR1.20bn in 2014 to QAR2.07bn in 2019, a CAGR of 11.6% in local currency terms. Services are expected to perform well in the IT market in the medium term due to demand for cloud computing, smart systems and security services from the public and private sectors.

Table Of Contents

Qatar Information Technology Report Q1 2016
BMI Industry View 7
SWOT 9
IT SWOT 9
Industry Forecast 11
Table: IT Industry - Historical Data And Forecasts (Qatar 2012-2019) 17
Internet Technology Risk/Reward Index 18
Middle East And Africa Risk/Reward Index 18
Table: MEA IT Risk/Reward Index - Q116 21
Market Overview 22
Hardware 22
Software 29
Cloud Computing 38
Table: Cloud Vendor Developments 41
Services 42
Regulatory Development 46
Table: Government Authority 46
ICT-2015 46
Table: Qatar e-Government 2020 Targets 48
Competitive Landscape 51
International Companies 51
Table: Gulf Business Machines 51
Table: SAP MENA 52
Local Companies 53
Table: Malomatia 53
Table: Octaware Technologies 54
Table: Ooredoo 54
Table: Qatar Computer Services 55
Table: Qatar Datamation Systems 56
Table: Salam Technology 56
Regional Overview 57
Middle East And Africa 57
Demographic Forecast 60
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Qatar 1990-2025) 61
Table: Key Population Ratios (Qatar 1990-2025) 61
Table: Urban/Rural Population and Life Expectancy (Qatar 1990-2025) 62
Table: Population By Age Group (Qatar 1990-2025) 62
Table: Population By Age Group % (Qatar 1990-2025) 63
Methodology 65
Industry Forecast Methodology 65
Sources 67
Risk/Reward Index Methodology 67
Table: IT Risk/Reward Index Indicators 68
Table: Weighting Of Components 69

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