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09 Jan 2018

New IDC Forecast Reveals IT Spending of the APeJ Public Sector Reached USD 25.3 Billion in 2017

IDC expects a consistent five year CAGR growth of 5.5% will lead to USD 31.4 billion in 2021

SINGAPORE, January 10th, 2018 – According to IDC’s Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan) or APEJ Public Sector IT Spending Forecast, 2016–2021, the region is on track to spend US$25.3 billion in 2017. IDC expects APEJ Public Sector's IT spending to increase over the five-year forecast period of 2016-2021, reaching US$31.4 billion in 2021 with a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.5%. This growth is attributed to intensifying digital transformation programs led by APEJ Public Sectors to bring about greater socioeconomic growth with innovative technologies.

“In 2017, social protection represents the largest IT spending in APEJ Public Sector function, particularly in Australia. Interestingly, the leading drivers of IT investments in the APEJ Public Sector are related to bringing about better operational outcomes through cost reduction and IT consolidation initiatives,” says Gerald Wang, Head, IDC Asia/Pacific Government and Education Insights.

Government cloud is an important technology pillar to enable open data platforms required in many government transformation projects today. This is especially true for sub-Public Sector verticals such as transport, public safety, urban planning, utilities and public works, healthcare and education.

Wang adds, "Attaining better manageability tools for effective real-time decision making will help sustained digital transformation for public e-services and boost better personalization, use experience, transparency and accountability for all public-sector stakeholders. Emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, next-generation analytics tools, IoT, robotics, augmented and virtual reality, as well as next-generation cybersecurity solutions that span from identity access management tools to command centers, has contributed to the steady increase in IT spend of APEJ Public Sectors from 2016 to 2021."

Other highlights from the report include:

• PRC remains the largest absolute IT spender, followed by Australia, India, and South Korea. Based on per Capita spending however, the top 3 APEJ Public Sector IT spend per Capita are as follows:


Per Capita Spending (US$)





New Zealand


Source: Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan) Public Sector IT Spending Forecast, 2016–2021

• Based on overall technology categories:

o IT services display a larger component of absolute spend as compared to hardware detailing a shift of spending towards more outsourcing, project-oriented service transformations as well as increased support and training efforts.

o Hardware growth (4% CAGR) will soon be outpaced by a stronger growth in software (7.5% CAGR) and IT services (6.2% CAGR) forecasts.

• In APEJ public sector, PRC remains the biggest absolute spender, followed by Australia, India, and South Korea. Indonesia has the highest 5-year CAGR of 13.6% followed by India (7.6% 5-year CAGR), PRC (7.4% 5-year CAGR), Singapore (6.4% 5-year CAGR), and Thailand (4 .5% 5-year CAGR).

For more information on obtaining this report, please contact, Gerald Wang at For media inquiries or to set up an interview with the analyst please contact Tessa Rago  or Alvin Afuang

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Regions Covered

Asia Pacific

Topics Covered

Global IT and economic markets

For more information, contact:

Theresa Rago
+65 9159 3053

Alvin Afuang
+63917 7974586

Gerald Wang
+65 68297742