Worldwide IT spending will rise to $3.5 trillion in 2017, a 2.4 percent increase from 2016, according to industry researcher Gartner.

"Digital business is having a profound effect on the way business is done and how it is supported," says John-David Lovelock, a vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “Next-generation offerings will drive new categories of spending and include industry-specific disruptive technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) in manufacturing, blockchain in financial services and smart machines in retail."

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