More than a quarter of IT spending to shift to cloud by 2020: Gartner

Almost one-half of the addressable revenue by 2022 will be in system infrastructure and infrastructure software

Businesses want the flexibility and agility of on-demand capacity and pay-as-you-go pricing available through the cloud, Warrilow said.
Businesses want the flexibility and agility of on-demand capacity and pay-as-you-go pricing available through the cloud, Warrilow said.

Twenty-eight percent of spending within key enterprise IT markets will shift to the cloud by 2022, up from 19% in 2018, according to the latest report from Gartner.

Growth in enterprise IT spending on cloud-based offerings will be faster than growth in traditional, non-cloud IT offerings. Despite this growth, traditional offerings will still constitute 72% of the addressable revenue for enterprise IT markets in 2022, according to Gartner forecasts.

“The shift of enterprise IT spending to new, cloud-based alternatives is relentless, although it’s occurring over the course of many years due to the nature of traditional enterprise IT,” said Michael Warrilow, research vice president at Gartner. “Cloud shift highlights the appeal of greater flexibility and agility, which is perceived as a benefit of on-demand capacity and pay-as-you-go pricing in cloud.”

More than $1.3 trillion in IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud by 2022, according to Gartner.

The largest cloud shift prior to 2018 occurred in application software, particularly driven by customer relationship management (CRM), according to Gartner. CRM has already reached a tipping point where a higher proportion of spend occurs in cloud than in traditional software. This trend will continue and expand to cover additional application software segments, including office suites, content services and collaboration services, through to the end of 2022. Application software will retain the highest percentage of cloud shift during this period.

By 2022, almost one-half of the addressable revenue will be in system infrastructure and infrastructure software, according to Gartner. System infrastructure will be the market segment that will shift the fastest between now and 2022 as current assets reach renewal status. Moreover, it currently represents the market with the least amount of cloud shift. This is due to prior investments in data centre hardware, virtualisation and data centre operating system software and IT services, which are often considered costly and inflexible.

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