Governments in MENA to spend $11.7bn on IT in 2016; Gartner

Gartner's forecast looks at spending on internal services, software, IT services, data centre systems, devices and telecom services.

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Governments in MENA to spend $11.7bn on IT in 2016; Gartner Telecom services, which include fixed and mobile telecom services, will be the largest overall spending category through 2020 within the government sector. (Shutterstock)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  October 13, 2016

Research house Gartner have predicted that governments in the Middle East and North Africa are on pace to spend $11.7bn on IT products and services in 2016.

This 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 through 2020 within the government sector. It is expected to be $4.8bn in 2016, with mobile network services being the largest sub-segment with $3.2bn in spending.

Moutusi Sau, principal research analyst at Gartner, said: "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 6.1% over 2016 spending, to reach $1.2bn. Applications will grow 11.8% in 2016 to reach $394m."

The top priority for Middle East governments is cybersecurity due to some recent high-profile targeted cyberattacks. Governments are focusing on releasing cybersecurity frameworks and by mandating country-specific regulatory policies, which include NESA in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), QCB in Qatar and SAMA in Saudi Arabia.

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