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Gartner: Worldwide IT Spending Up in 2012

75% of Budgets Worldwide Increase Despite Pressures to Cut

A newly-released Gartner survey of 1,959 chief information officers worldwide, including 398 from all public sector levels, indicates a trend that would appear to go against the drive in countries such as the U.S. to cut government information technology budgets.

Three-fourths of public sector IT budgets around the world either remained flat or increased in 2013, the market research firm said in the findings released Thursday.

Gartner also predicts a 1.3 percent yearly increase in government and education IT spending through 2017 and the firm forecasts the growing funds will primarily focus on IT services, software and data centers.

Reductions will occur at the internal technology services, devices and telecommunications services levels.

The CIO Agenda Survey also says 76 percent of government CIOs are responsible for large areas other than IT and their average tenure is 3.8 years, one less than the average for all sectors.

More Stories By Tim Watson

Tim Watson supervises all media production at Executive Mosaic, a digital media company that provides insight, information and analysis on several industries, including government contracting.

He previously produced byline coverage with the economics team at USA Today and evaluated lending proposals for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Tim was born and raised in Washington, DC and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business-Journalism from Washington and Lee University and a certificate in budgeting and finance from Georgetown University's School of Continuing Professional Education.