Global Offshore IT Services Opportunity Can No Longer Be Ignored, IDC Forecasts Spend to Reach $17 Billion by 2008

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 18, 2004 — According to IDC, the worldwide market for offshore IT services will grow from nearly $7 billion in revenues in 2003 to $17 billion by 2008, achieving a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 20%. Spending by U.S. customers on offshore IT services will continue to be heavily concentrated on applications, with the most activity being in the custom application development, application management, and systems integration areas. Additionally, the countries exporting the most IT services will be India, the Philippines, and China, joined by Central and Eastern Europe.

"Customers' continued need to look to offshore as a resource from which to procure IT services as part of their overall sourcing requirements is not only growing as a share of the total IT services market, but it is also expanding from traditional IT services, such as application development and maintenance, to areas traditionally limited to being delivered locally. These services range from application and infrastructure management to IT consulting," said David Tapper, director of IDC's Outsourcing, Utility and Offshore Services research at IDC.

Barry Mason, senior analyst for IDC's Application Outsourcing and Offshore Services research continued, "Due to the persistent need for customers to reduce costs coupled with the proven capabilities of offshore players, IDC believes there exists considerable market opportunities for these players in the onshore markets, as well as local players looking to leverage offshore as part of their service delivery capabilities."

While not considered so much a "market" as a "business or service delivery model", offshore is becoming an integral part of provisioning services from low-cost regions and a means for offshore players from a variety of regions to build market presence in the major "onshore" IT and business services markets, such as the United States and Western Europe. IDC believes that much short-term opportunity exists, but cautions that offshore players will need to adjust to the changing market in the longer term by incorporating key factors into their offshore capabilities and go-to-market models.

IDC's comprehensive new report, Worldwide and U.S. Offshore IT Services, 2004-2008 Forecast: Tracking the Shift in Offshore Spending (IDC #31911), provides worldwide and regional forecasts and analysis for the offshore IT services market across six key IT services segments. This forecast not only provides detailed market opportunity by key IT markets (U.S., Canada, Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe) but also provides details on the size of the local market being captured across the globe by key countries. Additionally this report offers analysis on how offshore players can compete most effectively in onshore markets.

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