Singapore government IT spending hits US$3.2b

GartnerThe Singapore government continued to invest in IT this year with spending expected to hit US$3.2 billion, up 3.2 percent from 2013.

According to Anurag Gupta, Research Director of Gartner, IT services, which includes consulting, implementation, IT outsourcing and business process outsourcing, would be the largest overall spending category throughout the forecast period within the government sector.”

“Government spending on IT services is expected to grow three percent in 2014 to reach US$1.9 billion, up from US$1.8 billion in 2013 – with the business process outsourcing segment growing 5.3 percent in 2014,” he noted.

Internal services will achieve a growth rate of 2.7 percent in 2014. Internal services refer to salaries and benefits paid to the information services staff of an organisation. Information services staff includes all company employees that plan, develop, implement and maintain information systems.

Software will achieve the highest growth rate within spending categories with 10.8 percent in 2014 to reach US$350 million in 2014, up from US$316 million in 2013. Software spending will be led by growth in vertical specific software (software applications that are unique to a vertical industry. These are standalone applications that are not modules or extensions of horizontal applications).

“Singapore is one of the leading countries in adopting an eGovernment roadmap. We expect the government to explore: new delivery channels especially through the cloud, ‘agile’ development methodologies, engaging citizens, and leveraging analytics to monitor overall department performances,” said Gupta.

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