Gartner, adding in media tablets such as the Apple iPad, has raised its estimates for global IT spending-which is now expected to reach $3.6 trillion in 2011.
The Apple iPad
and the media-tablet market it has given rise to continue to affect the larger
research firm Gartner, since deciding to add media tablets to its worldwide IT
spending projections, has raised its outlook for 2011. The firm now expects IT
spending in 2011 to reach $3.6 trillion-a 5.6 percent increase from 2010's $3.4
trillion, and a bump up from its earlier 5.1 percent growth estimate.
hardware spending estimates have also been increased from 7.5 percent to 9.5
percent in 2011. Additionally, worldwide spending on tablets alone is expected
to reach $29.4 billion this year, up from 2010's $9.6 billion. Spending on
tablets is expected to average a growth rate of 52 percent through 2015.
addition of media tablets, reinforced by an expected additional decline in the
value of the dollar, accounts for the increase in top-line growth," Richard
Gordon, research vice president at Gartner, said in a March 30 statement.
"Absent the addition of media tablets, the forecast would have slightly
declined in constant-dollar terms; however, with their addition, there's
virtually no change in the underlying forecast growth at the level of overall
This is maybe where
Apple CEO Steve Jobs deserves a tip of the hat for turning just about everyone
on to a device that just about no one thought they needed. Reviewing the original Pad
in the Wall Street
Journal in 2010, Walter Mossberg wrote that, while undeniably attractive, the
iPad would need to prove itself a workable replacement for a laptop or netbook
for common tasks. This, he added, "may not be easy, because previous
tablet computers have failed to catch on in the mass market, and the iPad lacks
some of the features ... that most laptop or netbook users have come to
expect." While it may not have been easy, Apple certainly made it look
easy, selling more than a million in less than a month.
report added that worldwide IT spending on software, which totaled $237 billion
in 2010, is expected to increase to $255 billion in 2011; spending on IT
services is expected to rise from $785 billion to $824 billion; and telecom
expenses are forecast to increase from 2010's $2.01 trillion to $2.11 trillion.
forecasts, the firm added, come despite the current political unrest in the
Middle East-an area that generally accounts for 2 percent of global IT
spending, making any changes "insignificant" on the global level.
The impact of
the recent disasters in Japan, however, cannot yet be fully understood.
largely completed our forecast by the time the recent natural disasters in
Japan occurred, and we are still evaluating their likely impact on our
forecast," Gordon said in the statement. "On this point, we are
looking at two potential effects on IT markets as a result of the earthquake
and tsunami in Japan: consequences of disruptions in the global electronics
supply chain and impacts on IT demand."
According to research firm Objective Analysis
percent of the world's semiconductor production capacity is in Japan, and more
than 60 percent of the silicon wafers that are the start of semiconductor chips
are made in Japan. Damages to semiconductor plants, and the logistical
difficulties of getting materials in and out of Japan, following March 11's
earthquake and subsequent tsunami, are expected to pose challenges to
manufacturers such as Apple. According to a March 17 report from IHS iSuppli, at least five components
in the iPad 2 are
sourced from Japanese firms.
on March 25, Apple expanded the availability
of the iPad 2 to 25
appreciate everyone's patience, and we are working hard to build enough iPads
for everyone," Jobs said in a March 22 statement.