IT spending in India is projected to rise 6% to $81.9 billion in 2021 compared to this year on the back of growth across segments like enterprise software and IT services, research firm Gartner said on Monday. IT spending in 2020 is expected to total $79.3 billion, down 8.4% from 2019. 

                              


“The Covid-19 pandemic stalled many digital transformation projects for Indian enterprises, mainly because of the market uncertainties and reduced cash flows,” Gartner research vice president Arup Roy said. He added that organisations that were digitally sound in a pre-pandemic world could contain the impact on their businesses.

He added that organisations that were digitally sound in a pre-pandemic world could contain the impact on their businesses. “The pandemic situation was a wake-up call for many organisations to relook and revive their IT strategies and increase their spending on IT in 2021,” he said. 

In 2020, the devices and data centre systems segments experienced the steepest declines, and spending is estimated to have dropped 26% and 1.2%, respectively. Spending on enterprise software, IT services and communication services is estimated to have continued to grow at 7%, 3.7%, and 4.9%, respectively, in 2020 over the previous year. In 2021, Gartner said IT spending growth will return as chief information officers start positioning IT as not just a growth enabler, but a ‘survival necessary’ strategy.

While all segments will experience an increase in spending, the enterprise software segment will achieve the highest growth of 13.6%, followed by data center systems at 8.3%, it added. “The Digital India mission will turn a new leaf in 2021 as enterprises across all sectors start spending more on IT. The pandemic provided an opportunity for Indian CIOs to test long-pending projects such as remote

The success of these digital innovations has brought back the focus on investments in IT, he added. Roy said the pandemic situation forced organizations to switch to work-from-home.