Apple Jumps to #2 Position in New IDC Health Insights Life Sciences Survey; a 220% Increase Since 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA, April 2, 2012 – IDC Health Insights today announced the results of the Q1 Leading Indicators in Life Science IT Spending Survey, which polled more than 100 leading life science companies on which life sciences hardware, software and IT services vendors they plan to spend money with during 2012. Of particular interest, the most notable improvement in hardware came from Apple, moving into second place for the first time, with more than 30% of respondents planning to purchase their hardware from Apple. This jump represents a 220% increase in Apple’s survey score since 2009. Apple also made huge strides in the software category, catapulting into second place behind Oracle, up from fifth place last year. The new results underscore the notion that the iPad is helping Apple become a dominant player in the life sciences.


Dell maintained its sizeable lead in the hardware category with nearly 45% of life science companies expecting to purchase hardware from Dell over the next 12 months. Dell has held the top spot in this survey for the last 5 years. Behind Apple, Cisco, HP, Intel, EMC and IBM round out the rest of the list of vendors with significant mentions in this preferred vendor survey.


Oracle led all software vendors, with more than 25% of respondents planning to spend money with Oracle in 2012. In addition to Apple, SAP and SAS experienced significant improvements with their survey scores rising nearly 20% year over year.

IT Services

Accenture secured the top spot for the second consecutive year in a row, with nearly 10% of respondents planning to use Accenture’s services in 2012. IBM followed with nearly 9% and Cognizant broke into the top 3 spot for the first time, with more than 5% planning to utilize Cognizant’s IT services in 2012. InfoSys also appeared for the first time on IDC Health Insights’ preferred vendor list for life sciences this year.

The new report, Perspective: IDC Health Insights’ Top Preferred Life Science Technology Vendors for 2012 (Document # HI233255), provides guidance on life science IT spending trends, technologies, priorities and vendor preferences, segmented by company size, industry sub-segment, organization type and functional area.

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