Media Tablets Expected to Propel Global IT Spending to $3.6 Trillion in 2011

Researcher Gartner raises earlier forecast to project a 5.6 percent bump over 2010.

Worldwide IT spending will jump 5.6 percent to some $3.6 trillion in 2011, prodded by sales of media tablets such as Apple Computer Inc.’s iPad device, according to researcher Gartner Inc.

The researcher said it has added media tablets to its computer hardware spending projection, which bumped to 9.5 percent its estimates for that segment’s growth in 2011, a 2 percent increase from its earlier figuring, and upped its overall totals by about .5 percent from an initial forecast, Gartner said.

On a global basis, Gartner pegs 2011 spending on media tablets to reach $29.4 billion, a 206 percent balloon from last year’s $9.6 billion total. Spending on media tablets is expected to jump an average of 52 percent a year through 2015, the researcher said.

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,” said Richard Gordon, Gartner research vice president.

“Absent the addition of media tablets, the forecast would have slightly declined in constant-dollar terms,” he said. “However, with their addition, there's virtually no change in underlying forecast growth at the level of overall IT.”

Gartner said that 2011 spending for enterprise software is expected to jump by 7.6 percent to $255 billion, IT services is projected to advance by 5 percent to $824 billion and telecom will rise by 4.9 percent to $2.1 trillion.

Gordon said that Gartner already had completed its 2011 worldwide IT spending forecast when the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan and suggested the natural disasters would impact the overall market outlook.

“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,” he said.

“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,” he said.

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