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Gartner Says Middle East and Africa Enterprise IT Spending Will Grow 6.3 Percent In 2012

Gartner Analysts Provide Insight And Advice At The Gartner CIO Leadership Forum 2012, 27 28 February, at the Raffles, in Dubai, UAE

Middle East and Africa enterprise IT spending across all industry markets is forecast to reach 70 billion Euros in 2012, a 6.3 percent increase from 2011 spending of 66 billion Euros, according to Gartner, Inc.

 “In 2011, the growth rates across the Middle East and Africa region were in double-digit figures. As a consequence, 2012 will be hampered more, and top growth rates will be limited to those countries that didn’t exploit their economies last year. ,” said Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president at Gartner and global head of Research. “Four forces of technology:, cloud, social media, mobile and information, will equally impact IT organizations and technology providers in the Middle East. However, we believe that the market for cloud services, the lack of skills to deal with big data and the explosion in information could limit changes in organizations in the Middle East.”

 “Building industrialized IT capabilities will have CIO’s across the Middle East increasingly turn to outsourcing of infrastructure and application environments. We believe that there will be substantial opportunities to drive down costs of outsourcing contracts that tend to be the most expensive globally. CIO’s will need to build sourcing and vendor management skills to counter ensure better prices,” said Mr. Sondergaard.

The banking and securities industry will be the fastest growing sector, especially in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries. This market is largely boosted by the still sustained expansion of the Islamic banking sector due to the recent legislations in Qatar and Oman, as well as the new wind of legalization from the Islamic parties after the Arab Spring. The transportation and healthcare providers industries will also see a similar growth rate. While the top three fastest-growing industries are broadly the same in the entire region, the position changes slightly with transportation on the top in the African countries.

“We see four major business trends in the Middle East and Africa region - the diversification strategies of governments to create sustainable and diversified businesses from an oil-based economy, the expansion strategies of local organizations across the region, the need for more security and the management of the impact of the Arab Spring,” said Vittorio D’Orazio, research director at Gartner. “To underpin those strategies, hardware and software will play a key role and are predicted to have the fastest growth rates in 2012, as well as in the following years.”

The largest markets in terms of actual Euros will remain within the large government (and state-owned enterprises), the banking sector and the large manufacturing & natural resources industries which are also comprehensive of the rich energy sector.

 Table 1. Enterprise IT Spending by Vertical Market in MEA (Billions of Euros)

 

2011 YR

2012 YR

2013 YR

2014 YR

2015 YR

 2011-2015 CAGR (%)

Banking & Securities

11,849

12,721

13,338

13,932

14,590

5.3

Communications, Media & Services

9,718

10,415

11,045

11,620

12,303

6.1

Education

1,878

1,998

2,075

2,142

2,218

4.2

Government

12,371

13,130

13,638

14,119

14,666

4.3

Healthcare Providers

3,037

3,261

3,404

3,512

3,615

4.5

Insurance

4,148

4,438

4,607

4,746

4,906

4.3

Manufacturing & Natural Resources

10,834

11,266

11,643

11,904

12,208

3.0

Retail

3,127

3,261

3,328

3,425

3,540

3.1

Transportation

3,255

3,500

3,642

3,743

3,858

4.3

Utilities

3,906

4,178

4,328

4,459

4,583

4.1

Wholesale Trade

1,549

1,658

1,707

1,763

1,812

4.0

Grand Total

65,671

69,827

72,755

75,365

78,300

4.5

Source: Gartner (January 2012)

Further information on vertical industry IT spending is available in the Gartner report: “Forecast: Enterprise IT Spending by Vertical Industry Market, Worldwide, 2009-2015, 4Q11 Update”, at http://www.gartner.com/resId=1894417. This vertical industries forecast provides total enterprise IT spending, including internal spending and multiple lines of detail for spending on hardware, software, IT services, and telecommunications for vertical industries and 43 countries within seven geographies.

 Additional information about the Middle East and Africa region is available on www.gartner.com and in the report “Emerging Market Analysis: IT, Saudi Arabia, 2011 and Beyond.” 

Gartner Middle East CIO Leadership Forum 2012

Gartner analysts will discuss critical business, technology and leadership strategies at the 2nd Annual Gartner Middle East CIO Leadership Forum 2012 to be held in Dubai, UAE on 27 - 28 February 2012 at the Raffles. For further information about the Gartner CIO Leadership Forum, please visit: http://www.gartner.com/technology/summits/emea/cio/.

Journalists can register by contacting Sony Shetty, Gartner PR on +91 9820900036 or sony.shetty@gartner.com

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