Gartner Says Worldwide IT Spending on Pace to Reach $3.8 Trillion in 2013

  Gartner Says Worldwide IT Spending on Pace to Reach $3.8 Trillion in 2013

 Analysts to Discuss Latest IT Spending Outlook During Complimentary Gartner
                              Webinar on April 2

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STAMFORD, Conn. -- March 28, 2013

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. Currency effects are less pronounced this quarter
with growth in constant dollars forecast at 4 percent for 2013.

The Gartner Worldwide IT Spending Forecast is the leading indicator of major
technology trends across the hardware, software, IT services and telecom
markets. For more than a decade, global IT and business executives have been
using these highly anticipated quarterly reports to recognize market
opportunities and challenges, and base their critical business decisions on
proven methodologies rather than guesswork.

"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," said Richard Gordon, managing vice
president at Gartner. "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."

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
(see Table 1). 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.


Table 1. Worldwide IT Spending Forecast (Billions of U.S. Dollars)
                 2012           2012         2013           2013         2014           2014
             Spending    Growth    Spending    Growth    Spending    Growth
                                (%)                         (%)                         (%)
Devices       665         9.0       718         7.9       758         5.7
Center        141         1.9       146         3.7       152         4.0
Enterprise    279         3.5       297         6.4       316         6.7
IT            878         1.5       918         4.5       963         4.9
Telecom       1,655       -0.4      1,688       2.0       1,728       2.4
Overall IT    3,618       2.1       3,766       4.1       3,917       4.0
Source: Gartner (March 2013)

"The global steady growth rates are a calm ocean that hides turbulent currents
beneath," said John Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "The Nexus
of Forces — social, mobile, cloud and information — are reshaping spending
patterns across all of the IT sectors that Gartner forecasts. Consumers and
enterprises will continue to purchase a mix of IT products and services;
nothing is going away completely. However, the ratio of this mix is changing
dramatically and there are clear winners and losers over the next three to
five years, as 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, down 0.7 percent from Gartner's previous forecast. This
reduction is largely due to cuts to the near-term forecast for spending on
external storage and the enterprise in the economically troubled EMEA region.

Worldwide enterprise software spending is forecast to total $297 billion in
2013, a 6.4 percent increase from 2012. Although the growth for this segment
remains unchanged from Gartner's previous forecast, this belies significant
changes at a market level, as stronger growth expectations for database
management systems (DBMS), data integration tools and supply chain management
compensate for lower growth expectations for IT operations management and
operating systems software.

While the outlook for IT services remains relatively unchanged since last
quarter, continued hesitation among buyers is fostering hypercompetition and
cost pressure in mature IT outsourcing (ITO) segments and reallocation of
budget away from new projects in consulting and implementation.

The global telecom services market continues to be the largest IT spending
market and will remain roughly flat over the new several years, with declining
spending on voice services counterbalanced by strong growth in spending on
mobile data services.

More-detailed analysis on the outlook for the IT industry will be presented in
the webinar "IT Spending Forecast, 1Q13 Update: The Nexus of Forces Effect on
Spending." The complimentary webinar will be hosted by Gartner on April 2 at
11 a.m. EDT. During the webinar, Gartner analysts will look at where IT
spending is headed in 2013. To register for the webinar, please visit

Gartner's IT spending forecast methodology relies heavily on rigorous analysis
of sales by thousands of vendors across the entire range of IT products and
services. Gartner uses primary research techniques, complemented by secondary
research sources, to build a comprehensive database of market size data upon
which to base its forecast. The Gartner quarterly IT spending forecast
delivers a unique perspective on IT spending across hardware, software, IT
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