So, analysts Gartner have released their latest prognosis for global IT spending but as Timothy Prickett Morgan puts it in The Register there is a caveat:

“What’s black and yellow and stings? Nope, not a bee: the global IT spending budget, tightly wrapped in crime-scene caution tape…”

Despite teetering global economic situations there has been, according to Gartner’s Richard Gordon, “little change in either business confidence or consumer sentiment in the past quarter, so the short-term outlook is for continued caution in IT spending.”

Gartner’s revised IT spending forecast for 2012 shows a small increase from the 2.5% projection last quarter, but the figures also confirm an increasing shift toward cloud computing. Gartner expects enterprise spending on public cloud services to grow from $91bn worldwide in 2011 to $109bn in 2012. By 2016, Gartner suggests that corporate spending on public cloud services spending will reach $207bn.

Areas such as Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) are swiftly approaching the levels of Business Process as a Service (BPaaS).

Cloud computing is increasingly being adopted by businesses from a wide range of sectors not only because of the possible cost savings it can provide over in-house IT services provisions, but also because of the added flexibility that it offers. As a result, IT hardware, software and service providers have all been racing to add or extend their cloud-based offerings.

The biggest cloud services investments in the next year are predicted to be IaaS based with an expected 41% growth. In the longer term, Gartner’s Robert Anderson says, the cloud model will create new IT spending opportunities. Integration, customisation, hybrid cloud and on-premise cloud installations will all grow as investment channels as cloud adoption continues.




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