Global Demand on the Move – The BECH Index 2016


“We have changed the algorithm behind the BECH Index for the 2016 version”, says Hans Peter Bech, author of the whitepaper. “The consequence of the new algorithm is a significant adjustment of the shares of global demand between countries and regions. The most significant change is the downgrading of the US market from 29,37% to 19,1% of global demand and the upgrading of China from 8,02% to 14,42%. The new index may inspire information technology companies to review their global go-to-market schedules.”

This whitepaper presents an estimation of the relative demand capacity for B2B information technology and related services worldwide. This estimation is called “The BECH Index.” TBK Consult calculates the BECH Index annually based on data published by The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).


The 2016 edition of the BECH Index confirms that world demand for information technology is on the move. The Americas have experienced a decline in the period (2014-2016) due to a drop in demand from all countries in North, South & Central America. Europe continues to lose its share of global demand although the decline is somewhat slower than in the Americas. Nevertheless, North America and Europe continue to be very interesting areas with some of the biggest markets in the world and because of increasing labor costs and public expenditure there is a growing need for information analytics, process and cost optimization information technology based solutions. The slight decline in the Middle East has most likely been affected by the changes in the oil prices experienced lately and we should expect some further decline here in the 2017 figures. Future growth in the Middle East will require a restructuring of the economies away from the dependency on oil and gas. China continues its growth and has consolidated its position as the second largest information technology market in the world.