Enterprise Software spending on the way up

shut-up-and-take-my-moneyEnterprise software will lead an upturn in IT spending next year, according to bean counters at Gartner Group.

The outfit has added up some numbers and divided them by its shoe size and worked out that  global IT spending will rise as the dollar weakens and total spending will rise by 3.3 per cent this year to $3.5 trillion, before jumping a further 4.3 percent in 2018 to hit $3.7 trillion.

The devices segment will exhibit growth for the first time in two years, with a rise of 5.3 percent in 2017 and five per cent in 2018, Gartner said.

Enterprise software will grow 8.5 this year and 9.4 percent next year.

Total device spending will reach $697 billion in 2018, with enterprise software spending of $387 billion next year.

IT services will grow fast, Gartner predicts, with spending forecast to grow by four percent this year and 5.3 percent in 2018, to reach $980 billion.

Datacentre systems will see a more modest growth, of 1.7 percent this year and 1.8 percent in 2018, to reach $176 billion.

Communications services will only grow by 0.9 percent in 2017 and 2.2 percent next year to reach $2.2 trillion, Gartner thinks.