According to Datamonitor, the impact on the banking sector will be concentrated in European and North American markets, led by the UK, where banking technology spend will be the greatest, declining almost 7%.
Daniel Mayo, director of analysis for Datamonitor’s financial services technology, says that while IT budgets are under pressure, requirements are different to the last IT downturn cycle, after the dot com crash, when technology was particularly targeted for cost reduction.
Mayo says that for the banks post financial crisis, IT intensity - the ratio of IT cost to overall operating cost base - is likely to increase.
“Technology spend will reduce, but the need to obtain synergies from recent mergers and drive lower costs/ higher productivity elsewhere will protect budgets to some degree.”
According to Mayo, banks are realising the crisis is likely to drive a structural shift in the banking sector and future operating income growth and that this will eventually require a corresponding structural shift in the bank structures and organisational size.
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