SYDNEY – IT spending in Australia will grow 3.2 percent in 2013 to reach $75.5 billion and in New Zealand is forecast to grow 2 percent in 2013 to reach NZ$11 billion (A$8.6 billion), research firm Gartner has forecast.
The low growth rate trails well behind the rest of the Asia-Pacific region, which is expecting a 7.8 percent increase spending next year.
Gartner global head of research Peter Sondergaard outlined the research at Gartner’s Symposium/ITxpo gabfest on the Gold Coast this week.
He said the Down Under growth rates are slightly lower than the forecast worldwide growth of 3.7 percent – but higher than most countries in Europe where the average IT spending growth rate forecast is 1.4 percent.
In the Asia-Pacific region, all five major segments of IT spending are expected to grow in 2013. The “devices” segment (including PCs, tablets, mobile phones and printers) in Asia-Pacific is projected to total $229.7 billion, up 12.3 percent from 2012.
Datacentre systems spending in the region is forecast to reach $28.6 billion, up 9.5 percent; software spending will total $33.9 billion, up 11pc; IT services spending will reach $91.5 billion, up 7.5 pc ; and telecom services are projected to total $359.4 billion, a 4.8 percent increase from 2012.”
As global markets improve in 2013 and resume growth, Asia-Pacific remains one of the bright spots of the global IT market, allowing organisations in this region to accelerate competitiveness,” said Sondergaard.”
Organisations in Asia-Pacific will be able to innovate and compete using what we call the nexus of forces, or the intersection of cloud, mobile, social and information. New business models will emerge in this region.”
Gartner forecasts that in 2016, half of all non-PC devices in the region will be purchased by employees.
And by the end of the decade, half of all devices in business will be purchased by employees.