Gartner: Worldwide IT Spending To Rise 3.2% this Year

Information technology spending will increase 3.2 percent worldwide this year to about $3.8 trillion, according to Gartner's new Worldwide IT Spending Forecast. The increase, part of a gradually improving economy, is being attributed to growth in enterprise software and device sales.

By contrast, IT spending last year increased only 0.4 percent over 2012. Enterprise software's increase in 2014 will be about 6.9 percent, itself driven by higher spending for databases, data management and social software. Devices such as PCs, ultramobiles, mobile phones and tablets will see a 4.4 percent increase in 2014 over last year.

The forecast points to growth in enterprise software for customer relationship management systems, database management systems, data integration tools and data quality tools. Gartner predicts that spending on database management systems will become the largest enterprise software market this year, exceeding the spending on operating systems.

Shaking Off Malaise

Richard Gordon, Gartner managing vice president, said in a statement that "businesses are shaking off their malaise and returning to spending on IT to support the growth of their business." He added that increased spending on devices will show a "greater substitution toward lower cost and more basic devices than we have seen in prior years."

In phones, for instance, Gartner is forecasting a preference in mature markets such as the U.S. and the UK for midtier premium phones, and in emerging countries for low-end Android basic phones. In PCs, customers are not replacing their computers as frequently as they have in the past, and the tendency on replacement is to move to a more mobile version, such as a laptop replacing a PC or an Ultrabook replacing a laptop.

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