Gartner has revised its forecast for global IT spending, projecting an 8% increase that will take the total to $5,1-trillion in 2024.

While generative AI (GenAI) has not yet had a material impact on IT spending, investment in AI more broadly is supporting overall IT spending growth.

“In 2023 and 2024, very little IT spending will be tied to GenAI,” says John-David Lovelock, distinguished vice-president analyst at Gartner. “However, organisations are continuing to invest in AI and automation to increase operational efficiency and bridge IT talent gaps.

“The hype around GenAI is supporting this trend, as CIOs recognise that today’s AI projects will be instrumental in developing an AI strategy and story before GenAI becomes part of their IT budgets starting in 2025.”

Cloud prices increase

The software and IT services segments will both see double-digit growth in 2024, largely driven by cloud spending.

Global spending on public cloud services is forecast to increase 20,4% in 2024, and similarly to 2023, the source of growth will be combination of cloud vendor price increases and increased utilisation.

While inflation’s effect on both consumers and businesses plagued the devices market throughout 2022 and 2023, devices spending will begin to rebound modestly in 2024, growing 4,8%.

Worldwide IT Spending Forecast (Millions of US Dollars) 

  2022 Spending 2022 Growth (%) 2023 Spending 2023 Growth (%) 2024 Spending 2024 Growth (%)
Data Center Systems  












Devices 766,279 -6.3 689,288 -10.0 722,472 4.8
Software 811,314 10.7 916,240 12.9 1,042,386 13.8
IT Services 1,305,699 7.5 1,401,038 7.3 1,547,349 10.4
Communications Services  












Overall IT 4,533,441 2.9 4,693,556 3.5 5,069,773 8.0

Source: Gartner (October 2023)

Cybersecurity spending is also driving growth in the software segment. In the 2024 Gartner CIO and Technology Executive Survey, 80% of CIOs reported that they plan to increase spending on cyber/information security in 2024, the top technology category for increased investment.

“AI has created a new security scare for organisations,” says Lovelock. “Gartner is projecting double-digit growth across all segments of enterprise security spending for 2024.”

Change fatigue delays new spend

CIOs are experiencing change fatigue, which is often manifesting as a hesitation to invest in new projects and initiatives. This is pushing a portion of 2023’s IT spending into 2024, a trend that is expected to continue into 2025.

“Faced with a new wave of pragmatism, capital restrictions or margin concerns, CIOs are delaying some IT spending,” says Lovelock. “Organisations are shifting the emphasis of IT projects towards cost control, efficiencies and automation, while curtailing IT initiatives that will take longer to deliver returns.”

Gartner’s IT spending forecast methodology relies heavily on rigorous analysis of the sales by over a thousand vendors across the entire range of IT products and services. Gartner uses primary research techniques, complemented by secondary research sources, to build a comprehensive database of market size data on which to base its forecast.