Law Firms' Growing Tech Spend Suggests Rising Operational Costs

Technology spending by firms around the world is increasing at a rate of 8.6% per year, according to a new report. The study reveals that operational costs are growing faster than revenues, and that companies are making future-proof investments in technology to stay ahead of the competition.

The study, conducted by Forrester Research, found that companies in North America and Europe are spending the most on technology, with an average of $9.7 billion and $8.4 billion respectively. However, Asia-Pacific firms are not far behind, with an average spend of $7.9 billion.


"Firms are turning to technology to help them drive growth and competitiveness," said Forrester analyst Andrew Bartels. "As a result, they are making future-proof investments in areas such as cloud computing, big data, and mobile." However, the study also found that operational costs are growing at a faster rate than revenues, with firms spending an average of $1.2 billion more on technology than they did last year. Bartels attributes this to the fact that "companies are struggling to keep pace with the rapidly changing technology landscape."

Despite the increase in spending, the study found that companies are still not fully prepared for the future. Only 33% of firms said they were very or extremely prepared for the digital future, while 40% said they were somewhat prepared.


"The findings reveal a disconnect between how prepared firms think they are for the digital future and how prepared they actually are," Bartels said. "As the pace of change accelerates, firms need to do more to future-proof their businesses."

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