The Australian government sector is expected spend more than $13 billion on IT in 2021, an increase of 6.2 per cent from 2020, according to Gartner.
All segments set to grow in 2021 following declines in data centre and telecoms spending in 2020, the research company says in its latest forecast for global government spending.
Software including application, infrastructure and vertical-specific software is on track to show the strongest growth in 2021 at 10.5 per cent.
Gartner also says spending on devices including PCs and smartphones, which grew 7.4 per cent in 2020, will also get a boost as government organisations continue to embrace remote work and connected public services.
Meanwhile, public health measures including covid vaccination programs will continue to drive digital transformation in the public sector.
“Most technology spend is now linked to digital programs, for example, cybersecurity and digital identity programs,” Gartner’s Vice President of Executive programs Brian Ferreira says.
“We’re seeing the public sector changing IT operating models and innovating at a quicker pace by adopting commercially available technology solutions and software – particularly software as a service.
Mr Ferreira says government budgets will continue to address recovery and growth in 2021, with investments to address digital equity and access to remote government services a priority.
Worldwide, government IT spending is forecast to total $US483 billion ($A632 billion) in 2021, an increase of 5.1 per cent from 2020
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