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Global Governments Tipped To Boost IT Spend, Datacentres

SAN FRANCISCO: Worldwide government IT spending is forecast to total US$483 billion in 2021, an increase of 5.1 percent from 2020, according to the latest forecast from Gartner, with remote working and datacentre numbers tipped to grow.

The industry research company said that government organisations continue to be challenged on how to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and how to recover as vaccinations begin rolling out around the world.

The research found three segments will exceed the overall market growth in 2021, with the software segment, which includes application, infrastructure and vertical-specific software, experiencing more than nine percent growth this year.

“Governments are innovating at a quicker pace by adopting commercially available technology solutions for operational and mission critical needs,” said Irma Fabula, a senior Gartner researcher.

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

Government organisations are continuing to embrace remote work and hyperconnected public services, with spending on devices expected to grow 5.6 percent in 2021, up from 1.6 percent for the same period last year.

Datacentres should grow around 4.1 percent and devices, up 5.6 percent, according to Gartner.

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