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The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), recently carried out an assessment of changing patterns in the use of hardware and software. The goal was to identify the extent to which various plant characteristics and policy environments correlate with information and communications technology (ICT) investment.

Aberdeen’s CiTDB dataset was used to provide historical information on digital technologies used by business and public entities around the world.

Regarding the report, Tim DeStefano, Economist at the OECD, says:

When we first set out to predict future trends in corporate IT expenditure for emerging markets, it looked as though a lack of historic data would prove to be a limiting factor. However, Aberdeen Group stepped in to provide rich data surrounding installed technologies in Europe, the US, Canada and South America.

Spanning almost two decades, covering close to 5 million sites and including around 160 pieces of information per site, the depth and breadth of the data is immense. Aberdeen Group presented it in a meaningful way that suited our needs. What’s more, the Group’s European Product Manager, Stéphane Evrard, spent time at our Paris office helping us to manage and interpret this large bank of information.

The overall goal of this project is to enable emerging economies to accelerate development by embracing technology and ensuring the infrastructure is in place to support it. We hoped that data and associated services from Aberdeen Group would form a solid foundation for our activity. In fact, the team has become a trusted partner, providing support and advice every step of the way. This complex task could easily have become overwhelming, but it has been orchestrated expertly and efficiently from start to finish.

An OECD paper, Determinants of digital technology use by companies, outlines key findings of the assessment. It’s available here.

Image Source (Creative Commons): Dominic Alves.

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