Government organisations worldwide will spend a combined £288 billion on IT in 2013, a decrease of 0.1% from 2012, according to estimates by Gartner.

The analyst firm’s Enterprise IT spending for 2013 research surveyed IT professionals in 13 countries, including the UK.

Cloud computing, mobile technologies and IT modernisation remain the top three IT priorities for governments globally.

Cloud-based services are being adopted at an increasing rate, with 30-50% of organisations either planning for, or having an active cloud contract within the next 12 months.

Christine Arcaris, research director at Gartner, says: ‘Cloud computing, in particular, continues to increase compared with prior years, driven by economic conditions and a shift from capital expenditure to operational expenditure, as well as potentially more important factors such as faster deployment and reduced risk.’

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