The services increased at a good pace, while spending on hardware and data centers is at most stable.

The budget allocated for information technologies and communications of the companies located in Europe, Middle East and Africa will be of 1.9% during the coming year, according to the forecast of Gartner exposed during the Symposium/ITXpo held in Barcelona this week. This increase is slightly less than the world, that will be 2.2%, but more than triple this year, as the consultant, estimated to be 0.6%, with a total of 1,23 billion dollars.

growth in 2017 will come mainly from the computer software and services, 6.8 and 4.1% respectively, which also took place in 2016, with the 6 and a 3.8% increase. Telecommunications services, although accounted for in 2016 almost half of the total 527.000 millions of dollars, shrank by 0.9% and by 2017 will grow 0.7%. The game that continues to fall is that of devices, with little more than 200,000 million dollars, and a decline of 3.7 per cent in 2016 and 0.8% in 2017.

it Is also noteworthy that investment in data centers grows very moderately, 1.6% in 2016, and is expected to 1.4% in 2017, with nearly 60,000 million dollars. The consultant attributes this relative low investment in data centers to store more data only useful within the huge mass of data, thanks to techniques of filtering and pre-analysis more sophisticated. The intention is to keep only the oscillations, and clear stable situations, with what the storage needs will be dramatically reduced. In this way, the part of the hardware with better future will also see limited its growth.

The growing adoption of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing is the main cause of the increase in software and services of all kinds, and decline in the purchases of hardware in Europe, but also throughout the world. If instead of looking at the budget of the companies in Europe, Middle East and Africa, focusing on Western Europe, the evolution of the various items is the same, although the falls are slightly more pronounced, as well as increases more reduced. Western europe accounts for approximately two-thirds of the total of the set consisting of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

So, the budget in information and communications technologies in Western Europe will be in 2016 790.000 million dollars, according to Gartner, and 803.000 million in 2017, with an increase of 1.6%. It is remarkable that the distribution of expenditure in Western Europe is quite different from that of Europe, the Middle East and Africa as a whole.

In Western Europe is expected to spend in 2016 292.000 million in computer services and 250,000 million in telecommunications services while in the whole of Europe, Middle East and Africa the budget on computer services will be 327,000 million, much lower 526.000 million of telecommunications services. This explains, in part, to that in Western Europe there is already a good infrastructure of telecommunications and the increased investment will be made now in software and computer services. Proportionally, in Western Europe also spends less on devices in Europe and the Middle East as a whole.

At the global level, the budgets of the companies in technology continue to grow in all regions. is Asia Pacific, however, is where there is most growth, with 4.1% prevised to 2017, compared with 1.8% in north America, 1.7% in Latin america and 1.4% in Europe, according to estimates from Gartner. The growth rates are however much higher than among the leading companies in technology and very low in the traditional. In Europe there is not that much difference or dispersion between the expenditure of technology made by companies such as in Asia or north America. It is attributed to the fact that in Europe there are not so many companies that are committed to supporting the technology or ignore it like the rest of the world; there is still a tendency more uniform.