Cloud-powered IT and software services will capture nearly 66% of global IT spending by 2027.
According to Forrester’s ‘Global Tech Market Forecast’ estimates, by 2023, IT spending Worldwide, it will grow by 4.7% to reach 4.4 trillion dollars.
The Middle East and Africa (MEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC) will experience the fastest regional growth despite macroeconomic challenges, slowing liquidity, and geopolitical turmoil.
However, technological investment will continue to grow in the coming years. In 2027, software and IT services will capture 66% of global IT spending, up from 60% pre-pandemic. A boost in cloud application and platform services will contribute to this growth.
In this investment growth, Forrester’s forecast is that the market for public cloud reach $1 trillion by 2026, accounting for almost a quarter of global technology spending.
Despite facing a difficult 2023, IT managers hope to accelerate the growth of their organizations by improving operational efficiency and investing in areas such as R&D, cybersecurity and business digital transformation.
Europe, the lowest growth rate of IT spending
By region, it is expected that IT spending in Europe reached 3.6% this year. High inflation and weak business confidence will persist in the region. In addition, the UK, Italy and Germany will see unemployment rates rise as their economies enter recession. However, technology purchases are expected to grow between 4.8% and 5.5% between 2024 and 2027, thanks to the adoption of enterprise cloud.
In 2023, the consultancy forecasts regional IT spending growth to be 5.6% in the Middle East and Africa. By 2025, Africa’s internet economy could reach $180 billion, more than 5% of the continent’s GDP.
For its part, the Saudi government plans to invest $25 billion in technology. As cloud adoption accelerates, Nigeria and South Africa will see the potential for rapid growth in R&D investment over the next two years.
Investment in software and IT services is a high priority for large companies
The forecast is that IT spending in Asia Pacific for this year is an increase of 5.4%. China is expected to experience annual growth rates of at least 7% between 2024 and 2027. Investment in IT software and services is a high priority for large Japanese companies, while India’s technology spending will grow, presumably, a 9.6% this year. In the longer term, R&D investment will also boost technology spending in the Asia Pacific region.
In North America, IT spending will grow by 5.1%. Interest rate increases, high inflation, and low GDP growth are clouding the prospects for technology spending in this region.
In 2023, US technology spending growth will be 5.4%, down from 7.4% a year earlier. However, technology purchases in North America are expected to grow between 5.6% and 5.8% between 2024 and 2027 due to increased investments in R&D.
For Forrester analyst Michael O’Grady, despite macroeconomic uncertaintyglobal technology spending will exceed $4 trillion by 2023 as technology remains crucial to business.
“Over the next five years, we anticipate IT spending growth to further increase globally. Increased investment in R&D in the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and North America; companies in APAC investing more in IT software and services; and accelerating cloud adoption in MEA and Europe will continue to drive technology spending.”
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