Wednesday, 27 January 2021 08:57

Gartner sees global IT spending rising by 6.2% this year

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Global spending on IT in 2021 has been forecast to rise 6.2% from 2020 and reach US$3.9 trillion (A$5.03 trillion), the technology research firm Gartner says, adding that there was a decline of 3.2% in the year just past due to spending being limited to services and technology deemed to be critical.

The company said measures like working from home had accelerated the process of digital transformation which would lead to a rise in IT spending.

“CIOs have a balancing act to perform in 2021 – saving cash and expanding IT,” said John-David Lovelock, distinguished research vice-president at Gartner.

“With the economy returning to a level of certainty, companies are investing in IT in a manner consistent with their expectations for growth, not their current revenue levels.

"Digital business, led by projects with a short time to value, will get more money and board level attention going into 2021.”

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Gartner said all segments of IT spending were expected to return to growth this year, with enterprise software having the biggest rebound (8.8%) followed by devices (8%).

“There are a combination of factors pushing the devices market higher,” said Lovelock. “As countries continue remote education through this year, there will be a demand for tablets and laptops for students.

"Likewise, enterprises are industrialising remote work for employees as quarantine measures keep employees at home and budget stabilisation allows CIOs to reinvest in assets that were sweated in 2020.”

Gartner said businesses would be forced to accelerate digital business transformation plans to survive in the post-COVID-19 world that would call for more remote work and digital touch points.

Spending connected to remote work would rise by 4.9% to US$332.9 billion in 2021, the company said.

“Digital business represents the dominant technology trend in late 2020 and early 2021 with areas such as cloud computing, core business applications, security and customer experience at the forefront," said Lovelock.

"Optimisation initiatives, such as hyper-automation, will continue and the focus of these projects will remain on returning cash and eliminating work from processes, not just tasks.”


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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