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Gartner Forecasts Worldwide IT Spending to Exceed $4 Trillion in 2022

Analysts Discuss the Outlook for the Global IT Market During Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2021 Americas, 18-21 October

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $4.5 trillion in 2022, an increase of 5.5% from 2021, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc.

“Organisations will increasingly build new technologies and software, rather than buy and implement them, leading to overall slower spending levels in 2022 compared to 2021,” said John-David Lovelock, distinguished research vice president at Gartner.

“However, digital tech initiatives remain a top strategic business priority for companies as they continue to reinvent the future of work, focusing spending on making their infrastructure bulletproof and accommodating increasingly complex hybrid work for employees going into 2022.”

Enterprise software is expected to have the highest growth in 2022 at 11.5% (see Table 1), driven by infrastructure software spending continuing to outpace application software spending. Global spending growth on devices reached a peak in 2021 (15.1%) as remote work, telehealth and remote learning took hold, but Gartner analysts expect 2022 will still show an uptick in enterprises that upgrade devices and/or invest in multiple devices to thrive in a hybrid work setting.

Table 1. Worldwide IT Spending Forecast (Millions of US Dollars)

2020 Spending 2020 Growth (%) 2021 Spending 2021 Growth (%) 2022 Spending 2022 Growth (%)
Data Centre Systems 178,836 2.5 196,142 9.7 207,440 5.8
Enterprise Software 529,028 9.1 600,895 13.6 669,819 11.5
Devices 696,990 -1.5 801,970 15.1 820,756 2.3
IT Services 1,071,281 1.7 1,191,347 11.2 1,293,857 8.6
Communications Services 1,396,334 -1.5 1,451,284 3.9 1,482,324 2.1
Overall IT 3,872,470 0.9 4,241,638 9.5 4,474,197 5.5

Source: Gartner (October 2021)

“What changed in 2020 and 2021 was not really the technology itself, but people’s willingness and eagerness to adopt it and use it in different ways,” said Lovelock. “In 2022, CIOs need to reconfigure how work is done by embracing business composability and the technologies that accommodate asynchronous workflows.”

More detailed analysis on the outlook for global IT spending is available in the Gartner webinar „IT Spending Forecast, 3Q21 Update: Help Employees and Customers Stay Connected‘.

Gartner’s IT spending forecast methodology relies heavily on rigorous analysis of sales by thousands of vendors across the entire range of IT products and services. Gartner uses primary research techniques, complemented by secondary research sources, to build a comprehensive database of market size data on which to base its forecast.

The Gartner quarterly IT spending forecast delivers a unique perspective on IT spending across the hardware, software, IT services and telecommunications segments. These reports help Gartner clients understand market opportunities and challenges. The most recent IT spending forecast research is available to Gartner clients in “Gartner Market Databook, 3Q21 Update.” This quarterly IT spending forecast page includes links to the latest IT spending reports, webinars, blog posts and press releases.