Worldwide IT spending is projected to reach $3.73 trillion in 2013, a
4.2 percent increase from $3.58 trillion in 2012, research firm
Gartner Thursday said.
The 2013 outlook for IT spending growth in US
dollars has been revised upward from 3.8 percent in the Q3 2012
forecast, Gartner said in a statement.
Much of this spending
increase is the result from projected gains in the value of foreign
currencies versus the dollar, it said adding that in constant currency,
spending growth in 2013 is expected to be 3.9 percent.
"Uncertainties surrounding prospects for an upturn in global economic growth are the major retardants to IT growth.
uncertainty has caused the pessimistic business and consumer sentiment
throughout the world," Gartner Managing Vice President Richard Gordon
However, much of this uncertainty is nearing resolution, and
as it does, Gartner expects accelerated spending growth in 2013
compared to 2012, he added.
Worldwide devices spending which
includes PCs, tablets, mobile phones and printers, is forecast to reach
USD 666 billion in 2013, up 6.3 percent from 2012.
is a significant reduction in the outlook for 2013 compared with
Gartner's previous forecast of USD 706 billion in worldwide devices and
7.9 percent growth.
The long-term forecast for global spending on
devices has been reduced as well, with growth from 2012 through 2016
now expected to average 4.5 percent annually (from 6.4 percent).
reductions reflect a sharp reduction in the forecast growth in spending
on PCs and tablets that is only partially offset by marginal increases
in forecast growth in spending on mobile phones and printers, Gartner
"The tablet market has seen greater price competition from
Android devices as well as smaller, low-priced devices in emerging
markets," Gordon said.
Worldwide enterprise software spending is
forecast to total USD 296 billion in 2013, 6.4 percent up from 2012.
This segment will be driven by key markets like security, storage
management and customer relationship management.
markets aligned to big data and other information management
initiatives, like enterprise content management, data integration tools,
and data quality tools will see increased levels of investment, Gartner
The global telecom services market continues to be the
largest IT spending market. From USD 1.66 trillion in 2012, this segment
is estimated to grow 2.4 percent to USD 1.7 trillion in 2013.
said growth is expected to be predominately flat over the next several
years as revenue from mobile data services compensates for the declines
in total spending for both the fixed and mobile voice services markets.