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Gartner: IT Spending to Reach $4.4T in 2022

April 7, 2022

Rates of Inflation, Geopolitical Disruption and Talent Shortages Not Expected to Slow IT Investments

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $4.4 trillion in 2022, an increase of 4% from 2021, according to the latest forecast by Gartner.

“This year is proving to be one of the noisiest years on record for CIOs,” said John-David Lovelock, distinguished research vice president at Gartner. “Geopolitical disruption, inflation, currency fluctuations and supply chain challenges are among the many factors vying for their time and attention, yet contrary to what we saw at the start of 2020, CIOs are accelerating IT investments as they recognize the importance of flexibility and agility in responding to disruption.

“As a result, purchasing and investing preference will be focused in areas including analytics, cloud computing, seamless customer experiences and security.”

Inflation impacts on IT hardware (e.g., mobile devices and PCs) from the past two years are finally dissipating and are starting to spill over into software and services. With the current dearth of IT talent prompting more competitive salaries, technology service providers are increasing their prices, which is helping to increased spending growth in these segments through 2022 and 2023. Software spending is expected to grow 9.8% to $674.9 billion in 2022 and IT services is forecast to grow 6.8% to reach $1.3 trillion (see Table 1).

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

 

2021
Spending

 2021 Growth (%)

2022 Spending

2022 Growth (%)
 

2023 Spending

2023 Growth (%)
Data Center Systems  

207,306

 

6.7

 

218,634

 

5.5

 

230,385

 

5.4

Software

614,494

15.9

674,889

9.8

754,808

11.8

Devices

809,452

16.1

824,600

1.9

837,844

1.6

IT Services

1,185,103

10.6

1,265,127

6.8

1,372,892

8.5

Communications Services  

1,443,419

 

3.4

 

1,448,396

 

0.3

 

1,477,798

 

2.0

Overall IT

4,259,773

9.5

4,431,646

4.0

4,673,728

5.5

Source: Gartner (April 2022)

The rise of enterprise application software, infrastructure software and managed services in the near and long term demonstrates that the trend toward digital transformation is not a one- or two-year trend, rather it is systemic and long-term. For example, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) underpins every major consumer-focused online offering and mobile application, accounting for a significant portion of the almost 10% growth in software spending in 2022.

Gartner expects digital business initiatives such as experiential end-consumer experience and optimization of supply chain to push spending on enterprise applications and infrastructure software into double-digit growth in 2023.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is not expected to have a direct impact on global IT spending. Price and wage inflation compounded with talent shortages and other delivery uncertainties are expected to be greater impingements on CIOs’ plans in 2022 but will still not slow down technology investments.

“CIOs anticipate having the financial and organizational ability to invest in key technologies throughout this year and next,” said Lovelock. “Some IT spending was on hold in early 2022 due to the Omicron variant and subsequent waves but is expected to clear in the near-term.

“CIOs who keep their eye focused on key market signals, such as the shift from analog to digital business and buying IT to building it, as well as negotiate with their vendor partners to assume ongoing risks, will fare better in the long-term. At this point, only the most fragile companies will be forced to pivot to a cost cutting approach in 2022 and beyond.”

According to Akshay Sharma, CTO, Kovair Software, and former Gartner Analyst, “We agree with the Gartner findings that IT Spending in the near future will be focused in areas involving integrating analytics, cloud computing, seamless customer experiences with security. At Kovair we have inter-connected these islands of Data Lakes for Analytics, Cloud Computing with our Kubernetes solutions, and Kovair uniquely enables Enterprises to integrate solutions with Secure APIs, and Role-based Policy Controls, with end-2-end Project and Portfolio Management capabilities additionally to seamlessly manage it all within our VSMP: Value Stream Management Platform.”

Bob Bova, President and CEO of AccuSpeechMobile added, "CIOs can no longer wait until staffing levels rise. The tidal wave of internal and external customer expectations are now demanding upgraded processes, applications and services to meet, match and exceed what was once considered acceptable. This will lead to intense testing, research, development, and, in the end, significant investment."

More detailed analysis on the outlook for global IT spending is available in the Gartner webinar “IT Spend Forecast, 1Q22 Update."  Learn about the top priorities for CIOs in 2022 in the complimentary Gartner ebook 2022 Leadership Vision for Chief Information Officers.

Gartner’s IT spending forecast methodology relies heavily on rigorous analysis of the sales by over a thousand 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.

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