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Worldwide IT spending to grow by 1.4 per cent in 2017, says Gartner

April 11, 2017

According to Gartner, the amount spent on information technology (IT) globally is projected to reach $3.5 trillion in 2017, which is equivalent to an increase of 1.4 per cent from 2016. However, this growth rate is lower than the previous quarter's forecast of 2.7 per cent partially due to the rising price of the US dollar, Gartner said.

Further, as per Gartner, the data centre system segment is expected to grow by 0.3 per cent in 2017. While this is up from negative growth in 2016, the segment is experiencing a slowdown in the server market. According to John-David Lovelock, research vice president, Gartner "Enterprises are moving away from buying servers from the traditional vendors and instead renting server power in the cloud from companies such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft. This has created a reduction in spending on servers which is impacting the overall data centre system segment."

Moreover, the worldwide spending on devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) is projected to grow by 1.7 per cent in 2017 and reach $645 billion. This would be driven by the strength in mobile phone sales and smaller improvements in sales of printers, PCs and tablets. This is up from negative 2.6 percent growth in 2016. However, the tablet market would continue to decline significantly, as replacement cycles remain extended and both sales and ownership of desktop PCs and laptops were negative throughout the forecast.


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