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India IT spending is expected to total $92.7 billion in 2021, growing 8% from 2020, according to a latest forecast by Gartner, Inc.

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $4.2 trillion in 2021, an increase of 8.6% from 2020, a release said.

“Technology spending is entering a new build budget phase,” said John-David Lovelock, distinguished research vice president at Gartner.

“CIOs are looking for partners who can think past the digital sprints of 2020 and be more intentional in their digital transformation efforts in 2021. This means building technologies and services that don’t yet exist, and further differentiating their organisation in an already crowded market,” he added.

As many companies still suffer revenue declines, IT spending is accelerating ahead of revenue expectations. Boards and CEOs are much more willing to invest in technology that has a clear tie to business outcomes, and less so for everything else.

For example, the IT services segment is among the top three highest growth areas for 2021 primarily due to a boost in infrastructure-as-a-service spending that supports mission critical workloads and avoids high on-premises costs.

The IT services segment is forecast to total $1.2 trillion in 2021, an increase of 9.8% from 2020.

“The second wave of the pandemic and associated lockdowns have brought a significant sluggishness during most of the second quarter of 2021. However, demand is witnessing a rapid recovery across majority of the sectors,” said Naveen Mishra, senior research director at Gartner.

“Pharma, healthcare, financial services, education, online retail and government continue to invest in their digital transformation journey.”

In 2021, Indian organisations including SMEs, will be better positioned to invest more into IT, through the next two quarters. All segments of IT spending are projected to grow in 2021, in India. End user spending are forecasted to spend the highest on devices in 2021, after a 5.9% decline in 2020.

“Digital transformation can no longer be purchased overnight, and global IT spending projections reflect that,” said Lovelock. “As the world continues to open back up, enterprises will invest in tools that support innovation, anywhere operations and employee productivity and trust.”

Gartner’s IT spending forecast methodology relies heavily on rigorous analysis of sales by thousands of 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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