Investments in software, hardware and services, which grew at a rate of 12% in Brazil until last year, slowed down in 2011.
According to a survey of the firm E-Consulting obtained by Folha, the thousand largest companies in the country in various sectors should end the year with R$59.8 billion invested in technology projects.
The amount is positive and represents an annual increase of 7%, but it means almost half the rate of growth registered up until 2010.
“The study shows that companies will continue investing, but the relative expenditure will be lower, especially among the multinationals,” says Daniel Domeneghetti, a partner at E-Consulting.
The contention for the investments of the main foreign companies – including banks, the sector with the largest technology expenses – is related to the instability of world markets.
“Although Brazil is on the agenda of most of the multinationals, the crisis has brought caution in technology investments and there is a risk that the budget will not be approved as planned in 2012,” he says.
Areas of Cutback
Among the divisions that had the largest reduction in company budget were software and hardware.
Spending on information systems, which grew 13.7% in 2010 compared to the previous year, are expected to rise 6% this year. The total amount invested will be R$11.5 billion.
Equipment like servers, computers and other network devices should reach R$22.6 billion, repeating the modest percentage of software.
“Projects involving services of cloud computing and virtualization of networks, which allow substitution of infrastructure by the procurement of services that have the same results, however, should remain on the agenda,” he says.
The recovery will only come after 2013.
A dispute hidden by the investments of the matrices that could yield less money for Brazil comes from Asia.
A study by the British consultancy Ovum – which focused on the financial area – shows that the share of resources destined for technology projects in China, Hong Kong and Singapore is growing.
Included in the study are companies that operate in the areas of capital markets, such as financial institutions and investment funds.
According to Ovum, these regions are considered essential for its growing economic influence.
The investments in technology should follow the relevance of operations on the continent with some slack.
At stake will be investment of $90 billion in technology by 2015, which will be contested by the regions with the greatest business potential, among them Latin America.