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Aussie Spending On IT Tipped To Hit $83bn In 2017

Aussie Spending On IT Tipped To Hit $83bn In 2017

Total information technology spending in Australia this year will top A$83 billion – up 3.7 percent from 2016 – according to the latest estimates by market analyst Gartner. And it is forecasting spending of $85.4 billion for next year.

Separately, Gartner has also published figures showing that global shipments of personal computers dropped 4.3 percent in the second quarter of this year – but HP reclaimed the top position from Lenovo, following five consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth. Dell was close behind, and Chromebook sales were also on the rise – see chart page 1.

Meanwhile, the Australian result for overall IT spending, percentage-wise, outstrips the global estimate of a 2.4 percent rise, according to Gartner’s worldwide estimates.

It forecasts total Down Under spending on devices for the year at $12.17 billion – but predicts a slight decrease to $12.12 billion in 2018.

Australian spending on datacentre systems in 2017 is put at $2.7 billion, up from $2.67 billion in 2016.

Software spending is estimated at $11.46 billion, compared with $10.2 billion last year. IT services are tipped to hit $30 billion, up from $29.3 billion last year, and communications service spending for 2017 is estimated at $26.807 billion, up from $26.3 billion a year ago.

The Australian results compare with an estimate of global IT spending in 2017 of US$3.5 trillion, up just 2.4pc on 2016 figures.

Despite slower growth in the USA, Gartner predicts the worldwide enterprise software market will grow a hefty 7.6 percent in 2017, up from just 5.3pc in 2016.

Makers of PCs and other IT equipment will be pleased to hear that worldwide spending on devices – including PCs, tablets and mobile phones – is tipped to grow 3.8pc in 2017 to reach $654 billion. And they can expect another 3.6 pc growth next year to $677 billion.

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