iSuppli: India electronic to take off

India domestic production of electronics reached $7.1 billion in the year ended March 2002, while electronics exports totaled just under $1 billion. Combined with $4.3 billion in imports, India’s total domestic market for electronics hit $10.4 billion for the year ended March 2002.

TRG: 2.1 M telematic devices in 2003

According to a recent report from the Telematics Research Group, by the end of 2003, over 2.1 million embedded telematics units will be shipped in North America, rising to over 2.3 million by the end of next year. Telematics device integration units will not be as popular in North America, with 164,000 shipped by the end of 2004. In the Asia-Pacific region, however, 250,000 device integration units will be shipped by the end of next year — 30,000 more than the total embedded telematics units that will be distributed next year in the region, notes the Telematics Research Group.

ComputerWorld: Certifications pay finally succumbs to IT economy

Overall certification pay the first half of 2003 was down 4.1% in the first six months of 2003, and nearly 6% over the previous 12 month. Foote Partners LLC tracks 35,000 IT professionals in 66 North American cities and nine European countries.

Leading the decline in certifications premium pay in 2003 were webmaster/Internet certifications, down 13% in the first six months of 2003 and 21% in the past 12 months; database certifications, down 6.5% in 2003 and 14.7% from mid-2002; and beginner certifications such as Microsoft Certified Professional, Certified Computing Professional and A+, down 13.6% so far this year and 14% in the past 12 months. Still strong in 2003 are popular project management, security and systems administrations/engineering and network operating systems certs, which have on average increased in value 6.7%, 2.3% and 1.5% respectively in the past 12 months.

IT budgets to grow 2% in 2004

Information technology budgets should grow 2 percent in 2004, with programs devoted to enterprise resource planning and supply chain management increasing their share of the software spending pie, a new report says.
A survey of 500 IT executives released Tuesday by AMR Research shows budding financial optimism on the part of the survey’s participants.

“We are seeing purse strings begin to loosen up with the growing demand to replace older systems and the belief that the economy is beginning to improve,” said Jim Shepherd, an AMR senior vice president, in a statement.

Enterprise resource planning applications are expected to increase their share–already the largest–of the IT software spending pie. ERP is expected to account for 27.2 percent of IT software spending next year, up from the 26.6 percent that’s anticipated for this year.

Supply chain management software, meanwhile, should increase its share of software spending by 16.3 percent next year, compared with the 13.6 percent expected for this year, according to the report.