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Indian, Chinese firms 'most IT aggressive'

Meanwhile, the study finds Indian firms with the highest average number of full-time IT staff in Asia-Pacific.

india Updated: Aug 13, 2007 11:51 IST

Indian and Chinese companies see themselves as the "most aggressive" in the Asia-Pacific region in adopting information technology (IT), said a research house survey released on Monday.

Indian companies were found with the highest average number of full-time IT staff.

IT capital spending, expressed as a percentage of a company's revenue, ranged from a low of 0.8 per cent in Australia to a high of 1.7 per cent in China, higher than the 1.2 per cent seen in North America, said Gartner in its 2006-2007 IT Spending and Staffing Report. <b1>

Only eight per cent of respondents in Singapore said they were aggressive in adopting IT, the second lowest among the six Asia-Pacific countries surveyed.

Companies in the region generally spend 1.4 per cent of their revenue on IT operations, compared with 2.6 per cent in the US.

The average Singapore operation has an IT operating budget of 1.8 per cent of revenues compared with 1.2 per cent of the average Malaysian and South Korean firms, according to the findings.

"Asia-Pacific IT organisations must take advantage of opportunities to apply good practices from experiences elsewhere around the world because, in general, they lag in IT adoption," Singapore's Business Times quoted analyst John Roberts as saying.

First Published: Aug 13, 2007 11:23 IST