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This report provides background to and analysis of Ovum's Global Government Technology Spending Through 2020 IT forecast, and provides insight into the predictions for technology expenditure across various geographic and solution markets.


  • The sector continues to face structural challenges as governments look to new ways to finance public services. Ovum forecasts that government IT spending will reach $300bn by 2020, a CAGR of 5.7% between 2015 and 2020.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand the direction and speed of change of government technology spending.
  • Compare rates of adoption of emerging technologies.

Key questions answered

  • What is the size of government expenditure in different technology categories?
  • What is the rate of government spending growth at sub-regional levels?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for government agencies
  • Recommendations for vendors

Restructuring to connect information points drives government technology expenditure

  • Government spend on applications and IT services to support change programs will drive growth to 2020
  • The shift to digital services continues at its glacial pace, but there are signs of a thaw

Emerging markets show signs of fatigue

  • Middle East and Asia continue to fund growth in government technology expenditure, but the shine is starting to wear off


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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