The market research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global IT spending in energy sector for 2016-2020. The report also lists IT services, software and hardware as the three major segments for IT spending in the energy sector.
“IT spending in the energy sector is growing at a significant rate to enhance operational efficiency and adhere to government regulation”, says Amit Sharma, a lead analyst at Technavio for IT spending research.
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Technavio ICT analysts highlight the following market drivers that are contributing to the growth of the global IT spending in energy sector:
- Emergence of industry 4.0 technologies
- Need to comply with regulations and guidelines
- Increased spending in public sector projects
- Digital transformation and automation of energy sector
Emergence of industry 4.0 technologies
Industry 4.0 is also known as the fourth industrial revolution that denotes the industrial use of several modern automation, data exchange, and manufacturing technologies. Industry 4.0 may transform the industrial operational processes through advanced technologies such as IoT, cloud computing, big data and analytics, augmented reality, 3-D printing, and Web2.0. Such developments may help industries to integrate the horizontal and vertical supply chain systems with advancements in information technology.
Need to comply with regulations and guidelines
The oil and gas industry must comply with many governments and industry regulations and guidelines. Operators also need to be compliant with environmental standards enforced inside national boundaries. For instance, the industry in the UK is regulated by several statutory bodies, including the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Environment Agency (EA) in England, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) in Wales, Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in Scotland. Any violations can result in legal issues and penalties for operators.
Increased spending in public sector projects
The public-sector spending in the modernization of the energy sector has increased in the various countries such as the US and the UK. The President’s budget in the US has sanctioned USD 32.5 billion for FY2017. This is to support the modernization of the Department of Energy in several functions such as clean energy, nuclear security, science and innovation, and other functions. The DoE is planning to implement analytical tools and IT security software solutions to make an integrated grid system. The analytical solution will help to forecast the demand for energy consumptions as well as help to increase the efficiency of power grids.
“The UK government plans to spend approximately USD 65 million over the next five years in smart technologies for the energy sector. The UK government is also planning to implement smart power technology to save electricity consumption,” says Amit.
Digital transformation and automation of energy sector
Digitization of the energy sector in numerous developed nations such as the US and Singapore has created high demand for IT solutions. Digital transformation in the energy sector is the key enabler of IT spending. Modernization of this sector has increased the procurement of the most advanced IT solutions such as energy analytics and IoT to reduce energy consumption.
Automation in the energy sector has also attracted investment in IT solutions, with industrial automation solutions such as SCADA and PLC being the top selection of enterprises in 2016. Clean energy initiatives in numerous countries have also helped the market to attract significant IT spending.
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