ME govts to spend $11.bn on IT in 2016: Gartner

Governments in the Middle East and North Africa will focus spending on IT products and services

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ME govts to spend $11.bn on IT in 2016: Gartner Telecom services, which include fixed and mobile telecom services, will be the largest overall spending category throughout the forecast period within the government sector
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 20, 2016

Research house, Gartner, has revealed governments in the Middle East and North Africa will spend $11.5bn on IT products and services in 2016.

Gartner's forecast includes spending on internal services, software, IT services, data centre systems, devices and telecom services. Telecom services, which include fixed and mobile telecom services, will be the largest overall spending category throughout the forecast period within the government sector. It is expected to be $4.7bn in 2016, with mobile network services being the largest sub-segment with $3.1bn in spending.

 
"The software segment includes enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise application software, infrastructure software and vertical specific software (VSS). Software spending will grow 9.8% over 2015 spending, to reach $1.2bn in 2016," said Moutusi Sau principal research analyst at Gartner.

"VSS will grow 11.4% in 2016 to reach $505m. VSS are software applications that are unique to a vertical industry. In government, VSS includes software that focus on agency-specific processes and domain areas, such as revenue and tax, case management."

Gartner's report provides total enterprise IT spending, including internal spending and multiple lines of detail for spending on hardware, software, IT services, and telecommunications.

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