Spending on information technology (IT) in Asia Pacific is forecast to reach US$743 billion in 2013, an increase of 7.9 percent over 2012, according to Gartner, Inc. In 2012, IT spending in Asia Pacific is on pace to grow 7.6 percent.
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 total $229.7 billion, a 12.3 percent increase from 2012 spending.
Data center systems spending is forecast to reach $28.6 billion in 2013, a 9.5 percent increase from 2012; software spending will total $33.9 billion, up 11.9 percent; IT services spending will reach $91.5 billion, up 7.5 percent, and telecom services is projected to total $359.4 billion, a 4.8 percent increase 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,” says Peter Sondergaard, Gartner senior vice president and global head of research. “Organisations in Asia-Pacific 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.”
Gartner predicts that by 2014, IT hiring in major Western markets will come predominantly from Asian-headquartered companies enjoying double-digit growth.
“An increasing number of successful 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. Consequently, these organisations 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,” notes Sondergaard.
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. However, 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.
Sondergaard said the IT industry is entering a ‘nexus of forces’, which includes a confluence and integration of cloud, social collaboration, mobile and information.
“This is a time of accelerating change, where your current IT architecture will be rendered obsolete,” says Sondergaard. “You must lead through this change, selectively destroy low impact systems, and aggressively change your IT cost structure. This is the next age of computing.”