Gartner says New Zealand technology spending will be $11.8 billion in 2017. That’s up 2.7 per cent from 2016. It's also a lot higher than last year's forward looking forecast from Gartner. The total spend is forecast to pass $12 billion in 2018.
Communications services is the top technology category in New Zealand. Customers will spend a total of NZ$4.4 billion this year.The category includes consumer fixed and mobile voice and data services, enterprise fixed and mobile voice and data services. It may be the biggest sector, but shows next to no growth.
Gartner expects software to be the star performer over the next year, with IT services also showing respectable growth. Sales of devices and data centre systems will be flat.
Australians spend more however you cut it
New Zealand’s numbers compare with a total IT spend of A$83 billion in Australia, almost eight times the amount spent here. Australia’s communications services sector is around six times the size of New Zealand’s at A$26.8 billion.
Gartner expects both New Zealand and Australia to increase spending in the next year by more than the worldwide 2.4 percent forecast.
In part the difference between Australia and New Zealand can be put down to population size. Yet there’s more to the numbers than how many people live in each country. New Zealand’s spend amounts to around NZ$2,500 per person, while Australia’s is almost A$3,500.
One possible explaination for some of the difference is that some Australian IT companies wrap New Zealand revenue into local income. And there’s a tendency on the other side of the Tasman to gold-plate projects. Yet you can’t escape from thinking Australians appear more willing to invest in technology.
New Zealand: IT Spending Forecast (Millions of NZ$)
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