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Wal-Mart Tops the List for IT Spending in 2015

Information technology is quickly becoming one of the most expensive aspects of any business today. According to market researcher International Data Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spent more than $10.5 billion on information technology in 2015. In the years following the U.S. recession forcing significant spending cuts to IT, demand for business projects has increased. “They […]

Wal-Mart Tops the List for IT Spending in 2015

Information technology is quickly becoming one of the most expensive aspects of any business today. According to market researcher International Data Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spent more than $10.5 billion on information technology in 2015.

In the years following the U.S. recession forcing significant spending cuts to IT, demand for business projects has increased.

“They have to spend. They don’t want to get left behind,” said David Lantsman, a senior researcher at IDC.

After researching the shopping behavior of its consumers, Wal-Mart is working to improve its e-commerce capabilities. The retail giant plans to spend $2 million on e-commerce by 2017 and expand its online grocery business. These improvements, including improvements to its mobile shopping app, are in an effort to attract new customers.

According to the IDC, IT spending consists of hardware, software, IT services and telecommunication services. Salaries and benefits of IT service specialists are also included in the internal IT spending budget.

Normally, data centers have to worry about equipment maintenance and the temperatures of their server rooms, which should be no lower than 50 degrees and no higher than 82 degrees, according to OpenXtra. But many businesses now find that security is one of their biggest threats and even take out insurance policies to prevent cyber crimes.

Cybersecurity concerns are a large part of the reason companies like Wal-Mart are spending more money on Information Technology services. This month, Two House Energy and Commerce Committee drafted a bill to improve cybersecurity at the Department of Health and Human Services.

After JPMorgan Chase was exposed in 2014 and the sensitive information of around 76 million customers was exposed, the company is taking heavier measures to avoid a repeated incident. The company is expected to double what it spent in 2014 this year on cybersecurity.

The unpredictable economy also has a somewhat tempered effect on IT spending in other markets. The fluctuating petroleum industry saw oil suppliers like ExxonMobil Corp. fall from making the list of top technology spenders in 2015.

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