Enterprise spending on public cloud services should reach $109 billion this year, up from $91 billion in 2011, according to Gartner Inc. And by 2016, the figure should soar to $207 billion.
That positive news comes as Gartner predicts worldwide IT spending will rise just 3 percent from last year – to $3.6 trillion from $3.5 trillion. Richard Gordon, research vice president at Gartner, said the "short-term outlook is for continued caution in IT spending." Thus, the bright spot for IT channel partners lies in enterprise interest in the cloud.
"Business process-as-a-service still accounts for the vast majority of cloud spending by enterprises, but other areas such as platform-as-a-service, software-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service are growing faster," Gordon said.
Demand for consulting also is expected to remain high as technology environments grow more complex and "big data" requires organizations to employ intricate analytics, Gartner found.
At the same time, telecom services remain the biggest IT spending market due to the need for connectivity around the world, but also as mobility and BYOD take over the enterprise.