Spending on IT in Australia is forecast to grow 3.2 per cent in 2013, reaching $75.7 billion, according to research firm, Gartner.
On the Asia-Pacific (APAC) level, spending is predicted to hit $US743bn in 2013, a 7.8 per cent increase over 2012. Spending is currently on track to grow 7.6 per cent for the calendar year.
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Across the region, all five major segments of IT spending are expected to grow in 2013. The devices segment (including PCs, tablets, mobile phones, and printers) is projected to total $US229.8bn, a 12.3 per cent increase from 2012; datacentre systems spending is forecast to reach $US28.6bn, a 9.5 per cent increase; software spending will total $US33.9bn, up 11.9 per cent; IT services spending to reach $US91.5bn, up 7.5 per cent; telecom services projected to reach $US359.4bn, a 4.8 per cent increase.
"As global markets improve in 2013, and resume growth, APAC remains one of the bright spots of the global IT market, allowing organisations in this region to accelerate competitiveness," Gartner senior vice-president and global head of research, Peter Sondergaard, said.
"Organisations in APAC will be able to innovate and compete using what we call the nexus of forces, or the intersection of Cloud, mobile, social and information. New business models will emerge in this region."
In terms of employment, Gartner predicts that by 2014, IT hiring in major Western markets will come predominantly from Asian-headquartered companies enjoying double-digit growth. Two examples include China and India, both of which are enjoying double-digit growth rates and will substantially grow their geographic footprints, according to Sondergaard.
The firm also said that by 2015, 4.4 million IT jobs globally will be created to support big data, of which 960,000 will be in APAC. Gartner adds that each big data-related role will create employment for three people outside of IT, meaning a total of four million jobs will be created across APAC.
At the same time, only a third of these roles will be filled due to lack of skills in big data. Gartner recommends that governments and organisations should focus on education and skills development to remain competitive.