Gartner: Enterprise Public Cloud Spending to Pace Global IT Growth

Growth in worldwide information technology (IT) spending will be tempered by caution regarding current and anticipated global economic conditions in 2012, rising an upwardly revised 3% from 2011 to reach $3.6 trillion, according to Gartner's latest projections.
 
"While the challenges facing global economic growth persist - the eurozone crisis, weaker U.S. recovery, a slowdown in China - the outlook has at least stabilized," commented Gartner research vice president Richard Gordon. "There has been little change in either business confidence or consumer sentiment in the past quarter, so the short-term outlook is for continued caution in IT spending."
 
Spending on public cloud services, in contrast, will be a bright spot for IT providers. Enterprise spending on public cloud services will grow almost 20%, from $91 billion in 2011 to $109 billion this year and reach $207 billion by 2016, according to Gartner's latest 2012 IT spending outlook.
 
"Business process as a service (BPaaS) still accounts for the vast majority of cloud spending by enterprises, but other areas such as platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) are growing faster," Gordon added.
 
Gartner forecasts worldwide spending on IT services will grow 2.3% in 2012 to reach $864 billion, with demand for consulting services expected to remain high given the complexity of IT environments in business enterprises and other large organizations. The growing trend toward making use of "big data' and analytics is resulting in consulting becoming increasingly technology-based, Gartner notes.

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