Global IT spending to rise in 2012

24 October 2011

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24 October 2011 | Angeline Albert

Global IT spending is forecast to increase by almost 4 per cent next year to total $2.7 trillion (£1.69 trillion) in 2012.

According to research analysts Gartner it will rise by 3.9 per cent from the 2011 spend of $2.6 trillion (£1.63 trillion), despite ongoing economic difficulties. Gartner said this year, 350 companies will each invest more than $1 billion in IT.

Peter Sondergaard, senior vice-president at Gartner and global head of research, said: “IT is a primary driver of business growth.” He said two thirds of CEOs believe IT will make a greater contribution to their industry in the next 10 years than any prior decades.

Gartner said the shift away from traditional IT acquisition models to public cloud services “is still in the very early stages”. It estimates that while $74 billion (£46.4 billion) was spent on public cloud services in 2010 that only represented 3 per cent of IT spending. However, it estimates public cloud services will grow five times faster than overall IT spending (19 per cent annually through 2015).

“What supply chain models did to manufacturing is what cloud computing is doing to in-house data centres. It is allowing people to optimise around where they have differentiated capabilities,” Sondergaard said.

In 2010, the installed base of mobile PCs and smartphones exceeded that of desktop PCs. Fewer than 20 million media tablets, such as the iPad, were sold in 2010, but by 2016, 900 million media tablets will be purchased.

Gartner said that by 2014 devices based on lightweight mobile operating systems, such as Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows 8, will exceed all PC-based systems.

Sondergaard added: “By 2014, private app stores will be deployed by 60 per cent of IT organisations. The applications themselves will be redesigned – they will become context-enabled, understanding the user’s intent automatically.”

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