IT investment in Asia Pacific to touch $743 billion in 2013, up 7.9% over 2012

Infotech Lead India: IT investment in Asia Pacific is likely to touch $743 billion in 2013, up 7.9 percent over 2012.

In 2012, IT spending in Asia Pacific is likely to grow at 7.6 percent.

IT spending in Australia is expected to grow 3.2 percent in 2013 to reach $75.4 billion.

IT spending in New Zealand is likely to increase 2 percent in 2013 to reach $8.6 billion.

In the Asia Pacific region, all five major segments of IT spending are expected to grow in 2013.

The devices segment (including PCs, tablets, mobile phones & printers) in Asia Pacific is projected to reach $229.7 billion, up 12.3 percent from 2012 spending.

Data center systems spending is likely to reach $28.6 billion in 2013, up 9.5 percent from 2012.

Software spending will reach $33.9 billion, up 11.9 percent.

IT services spending will reach $91.5 billion, up 7.5 percent.

Telecom services are likely to touch $359.4 billion, up 4.8 percent from 2012.

“As global markets improve in 2013 and resume growth, Asia Pacific remains one of the bright spots of the global IT market, allowing organizations in this region to accelerate competitiveness,” said Peter Sondergaard, Gartner senior vice president and global head of research.

Asian companies – particularly from China and India – are enjoying double-digit growth rates and will substantially grow their geographic footprints, making significant investments in major Western markets through 2015.

These organizations will be responsible for major hiring of IT professionals to support their growth at a time when Western companies will still be coping with the impact of the economic crisis.

By 2015, 4.4 million IT jobs globally will be created to support big data. Of these, 960,000 will be in the Asia Pacific region. Every big data-related role in Asia Pacific will create employment for three people outside of IT, so a total of 4 million jobs in Asia Pacific. Only one third of the IT role will be filled due to lack of skills in big data. Governments and organizations will need to focus on education and skills development to remain competitive.

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