IT spending predicted to rise by 4.1%

Tuesday 2 April 2013

Global IT spending is set to increase during 2013, according a leading analyst firm.

Gartner believes industry revenues will total $3.8 trillion (£2.5 trillion) this year, up by 4.1 per cent on the $3.6 trillion spent in 2012.

The firm said currency effects are "less pronounced this quarter" with growth in constant dollars forecast at 4.0 per cent for 2013.

Richard Gordon, managing vice-president at Gartner, said the avoidance of the fiscal cliff has had benefits for the market, but conversely, Cyprus' debt crisis is "weighing heavily" on the sector.

This seems to have netted out any benefit, and the fragile business and consumer sentiment throughout much of the world continues, he stated.

"However, the new shocks are expected to be short-lived, and while they may cause some pauses in discretionary spending along the way, strategic IT initiatives will continue," Mr Gordon forecast.

Worldwide device spending - which includes PCs, tablets, mobile phones and printers - is forecast to reach $718 billion in 2013, up 7.9 per cent from 2012.

The outlook for 2013 for data centre systems spending is 3.7 per cent growth, revised down by 0.7 per cent from Gartner's latest forecast.

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Posted by Alex Boardman