Global IT spend to reach $2.5 trillion in 2011

IT spend

Money spent by enterprises in the IT space is set to reach an impressive $2.5 trillion (1.58 trillion) by 2011, according to a new report.

The prediction, made by analyst firm Gartner, equates to a 3.1 per cent increase from expected spend this year of $2.4 trillion, which in turn is a 2.4 per cent increase from 2009.

However, these good looking figures are still low compared to the growth before the economic downturn and Gartner has predicted the spend will only grow to $2.8 trillion over the next five years, representing a "period of timid and at times lackluster growth."

Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president at Gartner and global head of research, said: "Several key vertical industries, such as manufacturing and financial services will not see IT budgets recover to pre-2008 levels before 2012 or 2013."

He claimed the emerging markets would spur growth and be the "locomotive of enterprise IT spending," but developed economies like the UK would be "substantially outpaced."

Sondergaard outlined a number of trends set to drive the future of IT and investment, but the top spot went to cloud computing.

"Cloud computing will transform the IT industry as it will alter the financial model upon which investors look at technology providers," he said, "and it will change vertical industries, making the impact of the internet on the music industry look like a minor bleep."

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is a former freelance journalist and currently political reporter for Sky News. She has a varied writing history, having started her career at Dennis Publishing, working in various roles across its business technology titles, including ITPro. Jennifer has specialised in a number of areas over the years and has produced a wealth of content for ITPro, focusing largely on data storage, networking, cloud computing, and telecommunications.

Most recently Jennifer has turned her skills to the political sphere and broadcast journalism, where she has worked for the BBC as a political reporter, before moving to Sky News.