'Domestic IT spends to reach $80 b'

'Domestic IT  spends to reach $80 b'

This is against an IT spending of USD 73.1 billion in 2011, it added.

"Businesses are increasingly looking to IT to help support the challenges of enhancing customer support, supply chain management, optimising business processes or helping drive innovation in the business," Gartner Senior Vice President and Global Head of
Research Peter Sondergaard said in a statement.

India, like other emerging markets, continues strong momentum, despite inflationary pressures and appreciation of the rupee against the US dollar.

Gartner said that worldwide IT spending will reach nearly USD 3.7 trillion in 2011. From this amount, emerging economies will account for USD 1.013 trillion.

"These demands are being placed on IT in an environment in which the infrastructure (hardware and software) foundation of IT within many enterprises may not be entirely in place. IT is also in transition from being viewed as a back-office support function to a frontline business-focused function," Sondergaard said.

The telecom market is expected to be the largest contributor to the IT segment in India with spending forecast to reach USD 54.7 billion in 2012.

This is expected to be followed by the IT services market with the spending of USD 11.1 billion.

The computing hardware market in India is projected to reach USD 10.7 billion in 2012, and software spending will total USD 3.2 billion.

"The days when IT was the passive observer of the world are over. Global politics and the global economy are being shaped by IT," Sondergaard said.

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