Gartner: Global IT spending to rise 4.1% to $3.8 trillion in 2013

Consumers and businesses remain jittery due to global economic conditions, but big projects won't get derailed, Gartner says

Worldwide spending on IT products and services will grow 4.1% this year to roughly $3.8 trillion, according to new forecast figures released by analyst firm Gartner.

Cuts in U.S. government spending and the debt crisis in Cyprus have caused "the fragile business and consumer sentiment throughout much of the world" to persist, Gartner analyst Richard Gordon said in a statement Thursday. "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."

Telecom services spending, the largest segment tracked by Gartner's forecast, will rise 2% this year to $1.69 trillion after experiencing a 0.4% drop in growth last year. Declining voice-related revenue will be offset by mobile data services spending, according to Gartner.

Enterprise software revenues will also see an uptick this year, rising 6.4% to $297 billion, compared to a 3.5% growth rate in 2012.

While that growth rate is the same as predicted in a previous Gartner report, it "belies significant changes at a market level," according to the forecast.

Database, data integration and supply chain software will make up for softer growth in IT operations and operating systems products, Gartner said.

IT services spending will grow 4.5% to $918 billion in 2013, while data center systems spending is set to jump 3.7% to $146 billion.

Devices spending will be $718 billion this year, rising 7.9%, according to Gartner.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com

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