The government is expected to spend USD 7.8 billion on IT in 2017, a 7.5 percent increase over 2016, according to Gartner. This is lower than Gartner’s previous projection of 9.5 percent growth this year. “The 2 percent revision in our outlook is primarily due to the effects of demonetisation and a drop in industrial production,” Moutusi Sau, principal research analyst at Gartner, said in a statement.
“However, spending plans like affordable housing scheme and increased loans to small and medium enterprises by the government are likely to have a positive effect on IT spending in the next few quarters,” he added.
IT services, which includes consulting, software support, business process outsourcing, IT outsourcing, implementation, and hardware support, is expected to grow 10.8 percent in 2017 to reach USD 2 billion, making it the largest infotech spending category.
The software segment includes enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), desktop, infrastructure, vertical-specific software and other application tools. The software segment is expected to grow 10.8 percent in 2017 to reach USD 1.1 bn.
ERP/SCM/CRM will be the fastest growing segment with 14.5 per cent growth in this category, it added. Devices are expected to grow 10.4 percent in 2017 to reach USD 1.1 billion, Gartner said.