Long-Term Trends in IT Spending and the Impact of the Cloud

March, 2018


Corporate IT spending varies from year to year as the economy expands and contracts: these are the cyclical trends. But over longer periods, IT spending also changes based on shifts in technology: these are secular trends. What are the secular trends that are currently affecting IT spending, especially those brought about by greatest recent shift in technology: cloud computing? This report examines the 11-year trend in spending for application software, IT personnel, data centers, networking, and other categories, and how cloud computing is changing that mix. We also look at trends in software-as-a-service spending and the efficiencies gained by cloud computing. We conclude with advice to IT leaders for managing the shift to the cloud. (15 pp., 7 fig.)

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