1. 10.07.2008 · ZEW/Creditreform (sel)
    Information Economy
    Information society | Business survey | Cyclical indicator

    In Germany the business situation of knowledge-intensive service providers, which include enterprises of the branches tax consultancy and accounting, management consultancy, architecture, technical consultancy and planning, research and development as well as advertising significantly improved during the second quarter 2008 compared to the first quarter 2008. The sentiment indicator for the knowledge-intensive services’ sector, based on the companies’ business expectations for the next three months and on the assessment of their current business situation reached 67.7 points. This is an increase of 7.1 points compared to the first quarter 2008. "This increase is above all due to the significant growth in demand and in turnover reported by the enterprises of the knowledge-intensive services’ sector for the second quarter 2008", says Jenny Meyer, researcher at the Centre for European Economic Research. The companies’ positive assessment regarding turnover and demand is not bound to the current situation. For the third quarter 2008 they also expect a favourable development. The partial indicator which reflects the assessment of the business expectations reached 67.4 points, an increase of 2 points compared to the first quarter 2008. This is the result of a business survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, in cooperation with the credit reference agency Creditreform, Neuss, in June 2008.

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  2. 14.04.2008 · ZEW/Creditreform (sel)
    Information Economy
    Social Software | Business survey

    About one third of the companies in the economic sector IT-related service providers use at least one social software application for (their) internal or external communication with their customers or employees. Possible applications range from discussion forums to online communities, wikis or blogs. IT-related service providers primarily use online communities. IT-related service providers are characterised by their high ICT intensity and produce about eight per cent of the gross value in Germany. About 20 per cent of the companies working with social software use online communities. These are the findings of a business survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in cooperation with Creditreform, Neuss. The survey was conducted in March 2008 among service providers of the information society (see details at end of press release).

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  3. 10.04.2008 · ZEW/Creditreform (sel)
    Information Economy
    Business survey | Cyclical indicator | Information Services

    In Germany the business situation of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) service providers, comprising enterprises of the branches software and IT-services, ICT-specialized trade as well as telecommunication services, has improved in the first quarter 2008 compared to the fourth quarter 2007. The knowledge-intensive service providers which include enterprises of the branches tax consultancy and accounting, management consultancy, architecture, technical consultancy and planning, research and development as well as advertising assess their current business situation in the first quarter 2008 more pessimistically. However, this pessimism will not last. The business expectations for the second quarter 2008 are assessed far more positively by the ICT service providers as well as the knowledge-intensive service providers. This is the result of a business survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, in cooperation with the credit reference agency Creditreform, Neuss, in March 2008.

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  4. 16.01.2008 · ZEW/Creditreform (sel)
    Information Economy
    Business cycle transmission | Industry report

    Nearly 40 per cent of the companies in the economic sector service providers of the information society, which is characterised by a high ICT intensity and makes up around 8 per cent of the overall German gross value added, are affected severely to extremely severely by fluctuations in demand. As a reaction to these fluctuations, the majority of companies (41 per cent) frequently resort to overtime and/or short-time working, while dismissals represent a less important form of adjustment measure.

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  5. 14.01.2008 · ZEW/Creditreform (sel)
    Information Economy
    Information Services | Cyclical indicator | Information society | Business survey

    The German service providers of the information society are split over their business expectations for the first quarter 2008. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) service providers, comprising enterprises of the branches software and IT-services, ICT-specialized trade as well as telecommunication services, are far more optimistic concerning the start of the new business year than the knowledge-intensive service providers which include enterprises of the branches tax consultancy and accounting, management consultancy, architecture, technical consultancy and planning, research and development as well as advertising.

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  6. 17.10.2007 · ZEW/Creditreform (sel)
    Information Economy
    Business survey

    About half of the companies in the economic sector service providers of the information society export their services to other countries. The main motive for these export activities is the realisation of customer demands, followed by the development of new markets. Tax benefits play a rather insignificant role as motives.

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  7. 15.10.2007 · ZEW/Creditreform (sel)
    Information Economy
    Business survey | Information society | Cyclical indicator | Information Services

    The business situation of the IT-related service providers has deteriorated in the third quarter 2007. The ZEW-IDI, sentiment indicator for the economic sector IT-related service providers, calculated on the basis of the four components current turnover and demand, as well as expected turnover and expected demand, has decreased by 4.5 points in comparison to the second quarter 2007 and is now at a level of 61.4 points. The current business situation as well as the business expectations for the fourth quarter 2007 are being assessed worse by the firms of the economic sector.

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  8. 01.08.2007 · ZEW/Creditreform (sel)
    Information Economy

    About 40 per cent of the IT-related service providers use e-commerce, the possibility to take orders online, in their relations with end users. The four most frequently encountered payment systems are: e-commerce invoice, direct debit, transfer or advance payment and credit card.

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  9. 16.07.2007 · ZEW/Creditreform (sel)
    Information Economy
    Business survey

    In the economic sector of IT-related service providers, more than two thirds of the companies use software that has been created according to their specific requirements. Approximately 75 per cent of the companies make use of sector-specific software and more than 90 per cent of standard software.

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  10. 12.07.2007 · ZEW/Creditreform (sel)
    Information Economy
    Information Services | Cyclical indicator | Information society | Business survey

    The ZEW-IDI, sentiment indicator for the economic sector IT-related service providers, in the second quarter 2007 has increased by 2.1 points in comparison to the first quarter 2007 and now reaches a value of 65.9 points. Particularly the partial indicator which reflects the assessment of the current business situation is responsible for this increase.

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