January 9, 2013 – Spending on IT software, services and devices will top $2 trillion overall this year, buoyed by rebounds across all market sectors from 2012’s shaky global economic conditions, according to the first new forecast of the year from Gartner Research.
Gartner put its expectation of global spending on data centers, software, devices and IT services at $2.03 trillion, a 5.7 percent increase from 2012’s final tally of $1.92 trillion. With telecommunications included in the forecast, spending is beefed up to $3.73 trillion, though percentage growth over last year shrinks to approximately 4.2 percent. There were a number of growth reductions from previous forecasts due to persistent economic uncertainties, but all areas are expected to rise above the “sluggish” increases witnessed in 2012, according to Gartner Analyst John-David Lovelock.
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