Our 7th prediction concerns the growth of spending by industry sector – specifically that education (+8.6%) and Health (+8.1%) will be the strongest growing, transport/utilities/communications (-1.7%), central (-0.7%) and local (-0.1%) government will show the steepest decline. Why? – education is a key area of under-exploitation, with major benefits to students from the provision of course work and interaction via technology; the health sector increasingly invests in technology in order to address research challenges, while hospitals and surgeries continue to pursue paperless Electronic Paper Record (EPR) strategies. Transport/… has less automation opportunities than in earlier years, while government accounts will continue to be affected by austerity budgets – especially in Western countries.
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