Thursday, 25 February 2021 07:48

Gartner sees global govt IT spend reaching US$483b in 2021

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IT spending by governments around the globe will rise to US$483 billion (A$607 billion) this year, an increase of 5.1% over 2020, the technology analyst company Gartner has forecast.

“Government organisations continue to be challenged with the appropriate level of interventions to respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Irma Fabular, senior research director at Gartner.

“Public health and safety measures, including vaccinating citizens are of paramount concern, which necessitate governments to continue to accelerate their digital transformation journey.”

The company said three segments would exceed overall growth, with expenditure on software, which includes application, vertical and infrastructure=specific applications, to grow the most.

"Governments are innovating at a quicker pace by adopting commercially available technology solutions for operational and mission critical needs,” said Fabular.

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“We are seeing innovative use of technology and data to control and respond to the pandemic, as well as provide financial and humanitarian assistance.”

Spending on devices is also expected to go up in 2021 as the public sector continues with remote work and hyper-connected public services.

“The COVID-19 pandemic exposed weaknesses in the ability of government organisations to quickly respond, scale and secure essential services,” said Fabular.

“Lessons learned from the responses by government organisations provide the impetus to increase resiliency and build for a stronger future for its citizens and businesses.”

Gartner said government budgets would be catered to addressing recovery and growth needs of communities and businesses in 2021.

Plus, investments to address digital equity and access to remote government services would be prioritised.


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Sam Varghese

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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