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Thursday, 31 March 2011 14:44

Tablets driving IT spend: Gartner

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A leading industry analyst firm reckons tablets are having a significant effect on IT spending.


The latest forecast of 2011 global IT expenditure from Gartner has been raised from 5.1% to 5.6%. This is due at least in part to the inclusion of 'media tablets' such as the iPad in hardware spending estimates.

"The addition of media tablets, reinforced by an expected additional decline in the value of the dollar, accounts for the increase in top-line growth," according to Richard Gordon, research vice president at Gartner. "Absent the addition of media tablets, the forecast would have slightly declined in constant-dollar terms; however, with their addition, there's virtually no change in underlying forecast growth at the level of overall IT."

Compared with 2010, spending on hardware is expected to rise 9.5% to $US409 billion, enterprise software by 7.6% to $US255 billion. IT services by 5.0% to $US824 billion, and telecommunications by 4.9% to $US3598 billion.

The corresponding increases for the Asia Pacific region are forecast to be 10.7%, 12.8%, 11.7% and 9.7% respectively, for an overall increase of 10.2% - almost double the global percentage growth.

But there is one caveat: "We had largely completed our forecast by the time the recent natural disasters in Japan occurred, and we are still evaluating their likely impact on our forecast," said Mr Gordon. "On this point, we are looking at two potential effects on IT markets as a result of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan: consequences of disruptions in the global electronics supply chain and impacts on IT demand."

 


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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