1. 18.10.2010 · ZEW (sel)
    Information Economy
    Innovation | Information society | IT industry | Mobile Devices

    Mobile devices like smartphones or tablet PCs are being used in many firms today. These devices make it possible for the mobile users to access the internet and internet-based services and applications everywhere. In the economic sector service providers of the information society, 68 percent of firms are using smartphones and 67 percent of firms are using web-enabled mobile phones. Around 63 percent of firms have PC cards modems for notebooks and 32 percent of firms report that they are using tablet personal computers. These are the findings of a survey among the service providers of the information society, conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) Mannheim in cooperation with Creditreform, Neuss, in September 2010 (see details at the end of press release).

    Read more

  2. 14.10.2010 · ZEW (sel)
    Information Economy
    Business survey | Information society | Cyclical indicator | Information Services

    In the third quarter 2010, the sentiment in the economic sector of service providers of the information society consisting of ICT service providers and knowledge intensive service providers is optimistic. "The reason for this development is that the situation for ICT service providers has considerably improved. This, in turn, is due to the firms’ optimistic assessment of the business situation in this sub-sector," says Jenny Meyer, researcher at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. Among the ICT service providers, i.e. software businesses, IT services, ICT specialised trade and telecommunication services, particularly firms in the software and IT services sector are the driving force behind this development. More than 50 percent of these firms report an increase in sales and a majority reports increasing demand in the third quarter 2010. These are the findings of a business survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Creditreform, Neuss. The survey was conducted in September 2010 in the economic sector service providers of the information society.

    Read more

  3. 26.07.2010 · ZEW (sel)
    Information Economy
    Social Software | Information technology

    The trend to use social software applications in companies is continuing. Almost 47 percent of firms in the sector service providers of the information society, such as ICT service providers and knowledge-intensive service providers, use social software applications. The share of service providers using, e.g., discussion forums, social networking services, wikis or weblogs has thus risen by eight percentage points since 2009. In May 2009, the share of companies in this sector incorporating social software into their business routine was about 39 percent, while it was only 32 percent in the previous year. These are the results of a survey among service providers of the information society conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, in cooperation with Verband der Vereine Credit Reform, Neuss, in June 2010.

    Read more

  4. 12.07.2010 · ZEW/Creditreform (sel)
    Information Economy
    Information society | Foreign affiliate

    Companies in the sector service providers of the information society open up foreign markets in many ways. Around 25 percent of these companies export their services, about 20 percent work with foreign cooperation partners and eleven percent delegate their own employees to foreign countries. Approximately six percent of the companies serve foreign markets via branches and affiliated companies. Companies in the subsector research and development engage in sales-related activities abroad the most.

    Read more

  5. 08.07.2010 · ZEW/Creditreform (sel)
    Information Economy
    Information Services | Cyclical indicator | Information society | Business survey

    In the second quarter of 2010, the economic situation of knowledge intensive service providers, including tax consultants, accountants, management consultants, architects, technical consultants and planners, research and development companies and advertising companies, has considerably increased in comparison to the first quarter of 2010. "The reason for the increased optimism is the positive assessment of the current business situation by knowledge intensive service providers," says Miruna Sarbu, researcher at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. The positive assessment of the current business situation comes along with optimistic business expectations for the third quarter of 2010. Especially management consultants, technical consultants and planners as well as research and development companies are the driving force for this development.

    Read more

  6. 19.04.2010 · ZEW/Creditreform (sel)
    Information Economy
    Online services

    Internet-based technologies and services are used diversely among the businesses in the economic sector service providers of the information society. Thus, internet platforms for the development and the offer of own applications and services meet with only little approval. In contrast, for the vast majority of the businesses, the occasional or even intensive usage of communication- and online-information services goes without saying.

    Read more

  7. 15.04.2010 · ZEW/Creditreform (sel)
    Information Economy
    Information Services | Cyclical indicator | Information society | Business survey

    The economic situation among companies in the economic sector service providers of the information society overall remains stable in the first quarter of 2010. The current business situation receives slightly poorer evaluations compared to the previous quarter. However, survey participants expect the economic situation to improve in the second quarter of 2010.

    Read more

  8. 18.01.2010 · ZEW/Creditreform (sel)
    Information Economy
    Energy saving | Energy consumption | Green IT

    The term Green IT includes apart from the energy efficient and environmentally friendly production and disposal of information and communication technology (ICT) also the reduction of emissions via the use of ICT. Meanwhile, more than half of the companies of the economic sector service providers of the information society use telephone conferences as a substitute for business trips. For this purpose, a whole series of companies falls back on net-meetings and video conferences. The greatest advantage of Green IT for the companies is the reduction of operating costs, followed by gains in efficiency and productivity as well as the positive effects with regard to the image of the company. This is the result of a business survey among service providers of the information society, conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research in cooperation with the credit reference agency Creditreform, Neuss, in December 2009 (details regarding the survey are provided below).

    Read more

  9. 14.01.2010 · ZEW/Creditreform (sel)
    Information Economy
    Business survey | Information society | Cyclical indicator | Information Services

    The economic situation among companies in the economic sector service providers of the information society further improves. Companies in this economic sector overall expect a positive development in the first quarter of 2010. Moreover, the current business situation receives better evaluations than in mid 2009.

    Read more

  10. 12.10.2009 · ZEW/Creditreform (sel)
    Information Economy
    Information society | Business survey | Cyclical indicator | Information Services

    The economic crisis reached the service providers of the information society in Germany at the beginning of the year 2009. By now about 88 percent of all businesses in this economic sector, which comprises the knowledge intensive service providers and the ICT-specialised service providers, report to be affected by the current economic crisis, the negative impact ranging from slightly to very strong. This is the result of a survey among the service providers of the information society which the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) Mannheim has conducted in cooperation with the credit reference agency Creditreform, Neuss, in September 2009 (details of the survey are provided at the end of this press release).

    Read more

Contact

Press Officer

Phone: +49 0621 1235-133

sabine.elbert@zew.de