A Plan of IDG
U.S technology firm IDG plans to invest up to US$100 million in the Vietnamese
By Lan Anh
While many big information technology companies are still
skeptical about Vietnamese market, International Data Group thinks differently.
Early October, during a trip to assess the Vietnamese market, Patrick J.
McGovern, IDG's founder and chairman, told the press that IDG does have plans to
greatly expand its operations in Vietnam between now and 2010. IDG started
business in Vietnam before the United States lifted its embargo against the
country in 1994. Now after nearly 10 years operating in Vietnam, Mc Govern is
considering if IDG should pump more money into Vietnam and expand IDG's other
businesses, such as IT market research, more publications and technology venture
investments. He was participating in the 10-year anniversary of PC World
Mr. Patrick J.
He said IDG is going to increase the number of publications with which it is
involved by adding three or four more publications covering different areas of
technology such as computer networking and telecommunications, IT strategies for
executives, and electronic product design.
In addition to its current tradeshow activities, IDG wants to add some more
annual conferences and IT exhibitions on technology education, IT banking and
clinic shows. "We intend to invest from US$50 million to US$100 million in
commercial ventures in Vietnam." The American millionaire announced,
"First, we will turn our recent rep office in HCM City into a wholly-owned
IDG Vietnam company with a charter capital of US$300,000 next year."
The publisher of technical magazines including PC World and Computerworld is
likely to pump into startups an initial investment of US$500,000 to US$1 million
each, and US$5-6 million in subsequent stages.
Asked what makes him so confident in the Vietnam IT industry, McGovern said he
highly values the IT market in Vietnam. "I believe it will be one of the
fastest growing markets in Asia. With an annual IT growth of 22%, Vietnam has
much potential for IT development so we are very confident of success
McGovern also gave some predictions for the worldwide IT industry in the year to
come. He forecasted that overall, the IT market is growing 3% worldwide this
year, and it will increase to 7% in 2003 and 10% in 2004.
Asked about the telecom industry current crisis, he said the telecom industry is
struggling because it overpaid for licenses for a new spectrum, overestimated
the demand for new services, and as a consequence took on too much debt compared
to its operating earnings capacity. Therefore, many companies have to be
restructured. After they complete restructuring, they should be in a healthy
condition to begin to offer 2.5G and 3G services for which there is now a
growing demand. By tracking real market needs rather than being distracted by
financial pressures, they should be able to grow healthily and profitably in the
McGovern affirmed that IDG has been leading in the data business. He explained,
"One of the reasons that IDG has been judged to have been the most accurate
forecaster of the demand for IT is that we rely upon intensive gathering of data
from actual buyers of the technology rather than relying upon sales forecasts of
the IT industry. The industry is typically optimistic, and many companies
overestimate what they can gain. By relying upon a detailed survey of the actual
intentions of buyers to acquire products and services and their approved
budgets, we are able to consistently be more accurate in our forecasts of