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Gartner Predicts Worldwide IT Spending up 4.1 per cent in 2013

July 2013

Mix of products and services set to change as IT spending grows Mix of products and services set to change as IT spending grows

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.8 trillion in 2013, (a 4.1 percent increase from 2012 spending of $3.6 trillion), according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc.

The Gartner Worldwide IT Spending Forecast is one of the leading indicators of major technology trends across the hardware, software, IT services and telecom markets.

Worldwide enterprise software spending is forecast to total $297 billion in 2013, a 6.4 percent increase from 2012. Significant changes are expected at a market level, with stronger growth expectations for database management systems, data integration tools and supply chain management.

“We see similar patterns of growth in the UK and Europe,” says INCo CEO Neil Ritchie. “Through our continued contact with buyers, we know that many are planning to invest in IT and IT services to increase competitiveness and capitalise on recovery. But there are big changes in how they see that happening.”

John Lovelock at Gartner predicts both growth and change. "Social, mobile, cloud and information issues are reshaping spending patterns and the ratio of products is changing dramatically. We see more of a transition from PCs to mobile phones, from servers to storage, from licensed software to cloud, or the shift in voice and data connections from fixed to mobile."

The outlook for 2013 for data center systems spending is forecast to grow 3.7 percent in 2013, and worldwide enterprise software spending is forecast to total $297 billion in 2013, a 6.4 percent increase from 2012.

The global telecom services market continues to be the largest IT spending market, with declining spending on voice services counterbalanced by strong growth in spending on mobile data services.