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THE INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) MARKET AND THE AUSTRIAN ECONOMY
An internationally competitive Austrian economy needs sound, successful and internationally active ICT companies. Austrian enterprises as well as public institutions should have access to ICT know-how within our own country. If ICT know-how were to disappear entirely, the value creation of Austrian companies would also quickly move abroad, causing Austria to become less competitive.
By 2020, the strategic importance of ICT within every enterprise (within processes, applications and communication) will be so high that every manager will have to be a kind of “ICT manager” and every company will in this sense be an “ICT business”.
The digital revolution enables new business models, new information and communications structures and innovative data models. The transition could even be more rapid and radical than expected, and it will impact every company and industry.
ICT is everywhere and connects all key processes inside and outside a company. If ICT cannot be provided with our own resources (internal company resources and/or resources provided within Austria), the Austrian economy will deprive itself of important opportunities and potential competitive advantages.
The effects become particularly apparent in consideration of the concept of “Industry 4.0”, which refers to the fully digitalized industry that will exist when the digital revolution is complete. This example is also representative of all other sectors.
WHAT OUR MEMBERS STAND FOR…
Value Creation within Austria
We all have our headquarters in Austria, generate jobs and pay taxes in Austria.
Our decisions are made in Austria. This allows us to react quickly and flexibly while also ensuring that we are locally accessible, predictable and continually reliable.
ICT Know-How Made in Austria
We are working to counteract the impending deficit of skilled manpower by developing our own ICT experts, some of whom also go on to work internationally. While ensuring the development and preservation of knowledge in and for Austria, we also pursue the goal of increasing Austria’s attractiveness as a high-performance business location and an ICT competence center for international experts.
Bringing More Women into the ICT Sector
We take on a pioneering role by encouraging highly qualified female experts to apply to Austrian ICT companies and supporting women as part of the ICT workforce. (Examples: We employ women in top IT positions. APC has a large pool of female ICT specialists. ICT Austria cooperates with “Wirtschaftsagenur Wien” within the framework of the pilot project Code Studio for the promotion of future female IT specialists among school-age children).
Support Platform for One-Person Businesses
ICT Austria views itself as an enabler of future forms of employment that allow greater flexibility and independence. We support this fast-growing type of enterprise consisting of freelancers and single-person companies. With 266,910 one-person businesses in Austria (57.3% of all Austrian companies), of which 60,416 are located in Vienna (source: WKÖ 2013), these enterprises are an important driver of the Austrian economy.
„Hosted in Austria“
We guarantee our customers data security and application security.
Creation and support of Austrian cloud initiatives that provid added value to Austrian users.
We do not aim for short-term success, believing instead in long-term relationships with our customers as well as our business partners.
We want to optimize our customers’ business in the long-term and improve ourselves alongside our customers. In accordance with this approach, we are also prepared to shoulder a portion of the business risk.
We engage in successful cooperation with international partners. Furthermore, we accompany Austrian customers on their way into international markets.
We develop new solutions within Austria that will also be employed internationally, thereby strengthening Austria’s competitiveness.
STRENGTHENING AUSTRIA AS AN ICT LOCATION IS OUR MAIN OBJECTIVE.
… to raise awareness: ICT Austria wants to highlight the strategic importance of ICT for (Austrian) companies and for Austria as a business location and, in particular, to reveal how Austria can expand the scope of its operations within this continuously growing sector.
… to offer added value:The cooperation between our members provides an opportunity for their customers to profit from an expanded portfolio covering the entire added value chain within the ICT sector. This encompasses services ranges from training and further education to innovation and product development as well as solution design, implementation and operation.
… to be the “missing link” between international technology providers and Austrian customers: Austria understands itself as the “missing link” between the IT solutions of international vendors and their specific use by Austrian customers. Taking advantage of ICT requires not just technology but also extensive expertise in the optimal use of this technology. This makes clear the great advantage of companies with strong local roots, as is demonstrated not only in projects but especially when it comes to infrastructure topics. The more highly digitalized a business process becomes, the greater the strategic importance of keeping the respective IT applications within Austria and storing the data within domestic data centers.
… to support and promote innovation, startups and talented experts: The members of ICT Austria invest roughly 10% of their sales revenue in the future. Around 7% is spent on innovation and R&D, and approximately 3% is invested in training and further education. ICT Austria wants to establish itself as a platform that shares the know-how of its own experts, supports talented young professionals and helps startups connect with potential customers.
ICT Sector – Figures, Data and Facts
WE PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE AUSTRIAN MARKET.
Austrian ICT sector
- 14.798 companies within the ICT sector
- 96.106 employees (4% of all employees in Austria)
- € 26.3 billion in sales (4% of total sales by all companies)
(Source: Statistik Austria, data from 2011, May 2014)
Our five founding members represent:
- 2,342 employees, of which 1,863 in Austria (as of 2013)
- 1,500 external experts who are available on demand
- € 415.6 million in sales, of which €329.9 million is generated in Austria
- More than 11,000 customers, of which 9,500 are domestic customers
- Considerable expertise in public projects: 25% of sales are earned in the Austrian public sector
- Future orientation: 10% of sales is invested in the future (7% R&D and 3% training and education)