A forecast has predicted that Governments in the Middle East and North Africa will spend $11.4 billion on IT products and services in 2015.
The forecast from research firm Gartner Inc includes spending on internal services, software, IT services, data center, devices and telecom services.
Gartner Inc said telecom services, which include fixed and mobile telecom services, will be the largest overall spending category throughout the forecast period within the government sector.
It is expected to be $4.7 billion in 2015, with mobile network services being the largest sub-segment with $3.1 billion in spending.
“The software segment includes enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise application software, infrastructure software and vertical-specific software (VSS). Software spending will grow 2.8 percent over 2014 spending, to reach US $1.2 billion in 2015,” said Anurag Gupta, research vice president at Gartner.
“VSS will grow 9 percent in 2015 to reach USD $454 million. VSS are software applications that are unique to a vertical industry. In government, VSS includes software that focus on agency-specific processes and domain areas, such as revenue and tax, case management.”