Douglas Alvarez, diretor Comercial da Unidade de Negócios Enterprise do Grupo Binário.
Douglas Alvarez, diretor Comercial da Unidade de Negócios Enterprise do Grupo Binário.

In 2013, the Information Technology (ICT) represented 8.8% of gross domestic product (GDP). By 2022, this number is expected to grow to 10.7%, according to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The impulse will be given by the increase in exports, which should reach R$ 12 billion. Additionally, the number of employees in the sector will double, reaching three million workers. The Government recognizes the importance of technology and sees the sector as a determinant in economic, industrial and politic agendas.

How to be part of such growth? According to the largest global consulting data, a good start is to pay attention to technologies, which are world trend and, for now, are not so mature in Brazil, such as Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data.

Other waves, such as e-commerce, security, cloud computing and analytics are also good examples of offers to be among those who will receive part of the millions to be invested in ICT by 2022.

It is also worth keeping an eye on sectors that are investing. Financial sector in 2014 accounted for 18% of total IT spending in the country, according to research by Febraban (Brazilian Federation of Banks), with R$ 21.5 billion invested. Each year, the investments of banks and financial ICT raises an average of 6%.

For this year, IDC (International Data Corporation) predicts that growth should be driven mainly by the Telecom sector, which is expected to reach US$ 104 billion in revenue, representing an increase of 6% over the previous year and invest US$ 27.5 billion in about 87 million devices (computers, tablets, smartphones), leveraging the BYOD and raising concern about security.

In IDC’s view, the third IT platform, a term promoted by the consultancy which now includes Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, cognitive systems, robotics, neural interfaces and next-generation security is also at the base of transformations and deserves attention of ICT suppliers. By the end of the year, about 130 million objects will be connected in Brazil, a figure that represents approximately half of Latin America, says the research firm.

That is, although the strong signs of turbulence in the economy remain, the prospects are good for ICT vendors, as the sector should follow in rapid growth. Be aware and prepare the offer to meet the demands for transformation, innovation and maintaining business operations will be the extra step for those who want to be part of this expansion.