|[October 17, 2011]
Gartner Says Worldwide Enterprise IT Spending to Reach $2.7 Trillion in 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
Worldwide enterprise IT spending is projected to total $2.7 trillion in
2012, a 3.9 percent increase from 2011 spending of $2.6 trillion,
according to Gartner (News - Alert), Inc. While enterprise IT spending growth is
slowing (from the expected 5.9 percent increase in 2011), analysts said
it's important to note that despite the global economic challenges,
enterprises will continue to invest in IT.
Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president at Gartner and global head of
Research, provided the latest outlook for the IT industry today to an
audience of 8,500 CIOs and IT leaders at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, which
is taking place here through October 20.
"The days when IT was the passive observer of the world are over. Global
politics and the global economy are being shaped by IT," Mr. Sondergaard
said. "IT is a primary driver of business growth. For example, this year
350 companies will each invest more than $1 billion in IT. They are
doing this because IT impacts their business performance."
Mr. Sondergaard said two-thirds of CEOs believe IT will make a greater
contribution to their industry in the next 10 years than any prior
"For the IT leader to thrive in this environment, IT leaders must lead
from the front and re-imagine IT," Mr. Sondergaard said. "IT leaders
must embrace the post-modern business, a business driven by customer
relationships, fueled by the explosion in information, collaboration,
This new era brings with it urgent and compelling forces. They include:
the cloud, social, mobility, and an explosion in information.
"These forces are innovative and disruptive just taken on their own, but
brought together, they are revolutionizing business and society," Mr.
Sondergaard said. "This nexus defines the next age of computing. To
understand this change, you must appreciate each of the forces."
The Cloud. The cloud combines the industrialization of IT
capabilities and the disruptive impact of new IT-led business models.
However, the shift away from traditional IT acquisition models to public
cloud services is still in the very early stages. For example, Gartner
estimates that while $74 billion was spent on public cloud services in
2010, that only represented 3 percent of enterprise spending. But,
public cloud services will grow five times faster than overall IT
enterprise spending (19 percent annually through 2015).
"What supply chain models did to manufacturing is what cloud computing
is doing to in-house data centers. It is allowing people to optimize
around where they have differentiated capabilities," Mr. Sondergaard
Social. The next stage of social computing is about
mass-customer, mass-citizen, and mass-employee involvement with
"With 1.2 billion people on social networks, 20 percent of the world's
population, social computing is in its next phase," Mr. Sondergaard
said. "IT leaders must immediately incorporate social software
capabilities throughout their enterprise systems."
Information. The concept of one enterprise data warehouse
containing all information needed for decisions is dead. Multiple
systems, including content management, data warehouses, data marts and
specialized file systems tied together with data services and metadata,
will become the "logical" enterprise data warehouse.
"Information is the oil of the 21st century, and analytics is the
combustion engine," Mr.Sondergaard said. "Pursuing this strategically
will create an unprecedented amount of information of enormous variety
and complexity. This is leading to a change in data management
strategies known as big data. This creates what we call a Pattern-Based
Strategy architecture. An architecture that seeks signals, models them
for their impact, and then adapt to the business process of the
Mobile. The shift to mobile is almost overtaking many IT
organizations who can't move fast enough to catch up. Mobile is not a
coming trend. It has already happened. In 2010, the installed base of
mobile PCs and smartphones exceeded that of desktop PCs.
Less than 20 million media tablets, such as the iPad, were sold in 2010,
but by 2016, 900 million media tablets will be purchased - one for every
eight people on earth. By 2014, the installed base of devices based on
lightweight mobile operating systems, such as Apple's iOS, Google's
Android (News - Alert), and Microsoft's Windows 8 will exceed the total installed base
of all PC-based systems.
"That's incredible change, not only for individuals. It requires IT to
re-imagine the way it provides applications," Mr. Sondergaard said. "By
2014, private app stores will be deployed by 60 percent of IT
organizations. The applications themselves will be redesigned - they
will become context-enabled, understanding the user's intent
automatically. Mobile computing is not just the desktop on a handheld
device. The future of mobile computing is context-aware computing."
Cloud, social, information and mobile, combined the new nexus. Where
data centers will give way to data clouds, mobile devices become windows
into personal clouds. Personal computing will become massive
collaborative computing, and information technologies will be
overshadowed by information ecologies.
"The impact of these forces will make architectures of the last 20 years
obsolete," Mr. Sondergaard said. "Together, they force the issue - they
drive us to create the post-modern business, drive simplicity and force
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