IT spending tipped for slight increase in 2012

Business spending on information technology will rise by less than 2% this year, according to Gartner, but SMEs will continue to lead the way in newer areas such as cloud computing.

Gartner predicts Australian enterprise spending on IT will rise by a modest 1.9% to $61.9 billion this year, after declining in the previous two years from a high of $64.3 billion in 2009.

Derry Finkeldey, a principal research analyst at Gartner, says while Australia is a mature market, there is a lot of caution at the moment amid global economic uncertainty.

“Executives were only expecting an increase in their IT budgets of about 0.8%. Generally, people didn’t expect their IT budgets to rise in 2012,” Finkeldey says.

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