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Gartner: Global Government IT Spending to Increase 6.5% by Next Year

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Global government IT spending is forecast to total $557.3 billion in 2022, an increase of 6.5% from 2021, according to the latest forecast by Gartner.

“Governments will continue to accelerate investments in digital technologies to respond and recover from the continuing evolution of public health uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Irma Fabular,  Research Vice President at Gartner. “The disruptions caused by the pandemic have also reinforced a key digital government tenet, which is public policy and technology are inseparable.”

In 2022, increased investments in digital technologies will see governments spend 64% of total IT spending on IT services and software to improve responsiveness and resilience of public services. These include investments in enhancing customer and employee experience, strengthening analytical capabilities and scaling operational agility.

Government IT Spending Forecast by Segment, 2021-2022, Worldwide (Millions of U.S. Dollars)

Segment

 

2021

Spending

2021

Growth (%)

2022

Spending

2022

Growth (%)

IT Services 188,069 10.9 203,922 8.4
Software 135,630 14.9 151,885 12.0
Telecom Services 61,482 1.4 60,996 -0.8
Internal Services 64,245 0.3 65,971 2.7
Devices 41,049 17.6 40,390 -1.6
Data Center 32,735 6.5 34,154 4.3
Total 523,212 9.5 557,318 6.5

Source: Gartner (August 2021)

IT infrastructure and applications modernisation as well as digital government transformation will remain high government priorities in 2022. In addition, COVID-19 economic assistance funding packages, such as the American Rescue Plan Act in March 2021 and NextGenEU, will drive further funding on digital enablement, including support for sustainable growth, social programs, education, cybersecurity, and digital inclusion.

The pandemic has amplified the need for governments to rapidly scale IT infrastructure and application systems and respond to unprecedented public demands. Gartner estimates that by 2025, over 50% of government agencies will have modernised critical core legacy applications to improve resilience and agility. “Governments are rethinking their public cloud strategies to accelerate IT modernisation, improve efficiencies and increase data security,” said Fabular.

The COVID-19 crisis has further intensified the need for adopting citizen digital identity as a critical element to digital government transformation. “Digital identity is moving beyond authenticating citizens online and signing remote transactions,” said Fabular. “To raise the chances for greater adoption of digital identity, governments must treat privacy, security and user convenience as critical success factors.”

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