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IT Budgets: A Pickup in Sales and Spending Expected in 2013

By Dick Weisinger

Gartner’s updated forecast for IT spending in 2013 is revised upward.  Global information technology spending is expected to reach $3.7 trillion this year, a 4.2 percent increase over spending in 2012.  This is an upward revision of Gartner’s previous estimate of 3.8 percent growth, but it really is a result only of a weaker dollar relative to other currencies.  Mobility, cloud computing and ‘smart computing’ are three areas that are driving much of the growth for this year.  Gartner expects Big Data to be a major factor in 2014.

Enterprise software and Devices are likely to see the largest growth in the coming year.  But Gartner said that long-term growth will be tempered by greater competition and lower prices for devices like tablet computers.  Factors driving Enterprise Software growth in 2013 include CRM, security and storage management software.

A breakdown of 2013’s $3.7 trillion shows forecast spending in the following categories:

  • Enterprise software — $296 billion (6.4 percent growth)
  • IT Services — $927 billion (5.2 percent growth)
  • Devices — $627 billion (6.3 percent growth)
  • Data Center Systems — $147 billion (4.5 percent growth)
  • Telecom Services — $1.701 trillion (2.4 percent growth)

Richard Gordon, research vice president at Gartner, commented on the recent fiscal turmoil in the US  and future outlook for IT by saying that “This uncertainty has caused the pessimistic business and consumer sentiment throughout the world. However, much of this uncertainty is nearing resolution, and as it does, we look for accelerated spending growth in 2013 compared to 2012.”

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