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Monday, 03 February 2020 14:09

IDC Forecasts IT Spending in South Africa to Top $26 Billion in 2020 as Country's ICT Industry Gathers in Johannesburg

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IDC Forecasts IT Spending in South Africa to Top $26 Billion in 2020 as Country's ICT Industry Gathers in Johannesburg

Overall IT spending in South Africa is set to reach $26.4 billion this year, up 2.5% on 2019. That's according to the latest predictions revealed today by International Data Corporation (IDC) as it hosted more than 100 of the country's most influential ICT industry figures at The Maslow Hotel Sandton in Johannesburg for IDC Directions 2020.

Opening the day's proceedings, the firm's associate vice president for South Africa, Mark Walker, announced that spending on software and IT services will reach $8.2 billion in 2020, an increase of 4.2% year on year. He said that infrastructure spending in the country (including servers, storage, and enterprise-level networks) will grow 3.3% to $880 million, while infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) investments will reach $204 million, having grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25% over the last five years.

The event showcased insights from Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC's group vice president and managing director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, who presented the keynote address on 'Helping Your Customers Transform to the Future Enterprise'. During this session he urged South Africa's technology suppliers to engage with new buyers, connect technology to the business goals of their customers, and deliver technology solutions that enable their clients to scale and operate at the pace of the digital economy.

"The digital economy is at a critical tipping point," said Lalchandani. "In just a few short years, IDC forecasts that nearly half of all GDP worldwide will come from products and services offered by digitally transformed organizations. In order to thrive, organizations must define their new role in this digital economy and proactively address new customer requirements around personalization and trust. They must also develop new capabilities around digital innovation, work, and intelligence, and build a digital IT infrastructure that supports resilient operations and pervasive experiences."

IDC Directions is South Africa's seminal ICT industry event and this year explored the theme of 'Multiplied Innovation Goes Mainstream: Thriving in the Digital Economy'. Bringing the country's foremost technology vendors, telecommunications operators, and IT service providers together under one roof, the event also served up fascinating fiscal insights from Gina Schoeman, director, economist, and head of research at Citibank South Africa.

The agenda included a panel discussion on the new digital priorities of South African CIOs, with first-hand perspectives provided by Louise van der Bank, CIO of AfriSam, and Luyanda Ntuane, CIO of the car rental division at MOTUS. Senior IDC analysts were also on hand throughout the event to offer strategic guidance on the key technology trends set to shape South Africa's IT and telecommunications markets in 2020 and beyond.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC's analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. To learn more about IDC, please visit www.idc.com. Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC.

IDC in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa

For the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa region, IDC retains a coordinated network of offices in Riyadh, Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg, Cairo, and Istanbul, with a regional center in Dubai. Our coverage couples local insight with an international perspective to provide a comprehensive understanding of markets in these dynamic regions. Our market intelligence services are unparalleled in depth, consistency, scope, and accuracy. IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey currently fields over 130 analysts, consultants, and conference associates across the region. To learn more about IDC MEA, please visit www.idc.com/mea. You can follow IDC MEA on Twitter at @IDCMEA.

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