IT Spending to Reach $3.8 Trillion Worldwide in 2013: Gartner
The global telecom services market continues to be the largest IT spending market and will remain roughly flat over the next several years.Worldwide devices spending, which includes PCs, tablets, mobile phones and printers, is forecast to reach $718 billion in 2013, up 7.9 percent from 2012, according to IT research firm Gartner. This growth will help drive overall worldwide IT spending to $3.8 trillion in 2013, a 4.1 percent increase from 2012 spending of $3.6 trillion, Gartner said. Despite flat spending on PCs and a modest decline in spending on printers, a short-term boost to spending on premium mobile phones has driven an upward revision in the devices-sector growth for 2013 from Gartner's previous forecast of 6.3 percent. The report also noted currency effects are less pronounced this quarter, with growth in constant dollars forecast at 4 percent for 2013. "Although the United States did avoid the fiscal cliff, the subsequent sequestration, compounded by the rise of Cyprus' debt burden, seems to have netted out any benefit, and the fragile business and consumer sentiment throughout much of the world continues," Richard Gordon, managing vice president at Gartner, said in a statement. "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."
The global telecom services market continues to be the largest IT spending market and will remain roughly flat over the next several years, with declining spending on voice services counterbalanced by strong growth in spending on mobile data services, Gartner’s research indicated. Worldwide enterprise software spending is forecast to total $297 billion in 2013, a 6.4 percent increase from 2012.