Global Tech Spending Forecast: Banking Edition, 2018

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20 March 2018

IT spending in banking is growing steadily

Key research questions

  • What will banks across the globe spend on technology in 2018?
  • Which trends does Celent see in IT spending in banking?
  • What regional differences exist in IT budgets and spending plans?


IT spending globally will increase by 4.2% annually, mostly driven by new investment spending.

This report analyzes the IT spending patterns of banks in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. It’s divided by region. Each section analyzes the budget allocations among retail, commercial, and investment banks; new investment and maintenance; internal spending, hardware, external services, and external software. Celent also applies its global top trends to each region.

Advances in technology and global consumer demand for digital customer experiences are creating new investment incentives for institutions globally. Margin pressures in core areas of the business are pressuring banks to increase spending on IT, shifting focus towards finding new sources of value while increasing efficiency across traditional cost centers.