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Global IT Spending to Grow 1.1 Percent in 2019: Gartner

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.79 trillion in 2019, an increase of 1.1 percent from 2018, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. “Currency headwinds fuelled by the strengthening US dollar have caused us to revise our 2019 IT spending forecast down from the previous quarter,” said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. “Through the remainder of 2019, the US dollar is expected to trend stronger, while enduring tremendous volatility due to uncertain economic and political environments and trade wars.

“In 2019, technology product managers will have to get more strategic around their portfolio mix by balancing products and services that will post growth in 2019 with those larger markets that will trend flat to down,” said Lovelock. “Successful product managers in 2020 will have had a long-term view of the changes made in 2019.”

The data centre systems segment will experience the largest decline in 2019 with a decrease of 2.8 percent (see Table 1). This is mainly due to the expected lower average selling prices (ASPs) in the server market driven by adjustments in the pattern of expected component costs.

The shift of enterprise IT spending from traditional (non-cloud) offerings to new, cloud-based alternatives is continuing to drive growth in the enterprise software market. In 2019, the market is forecast to reach $427 billion, up 7.1 percent from $399 billion in 2018. The largest cloud shift has so far occurred in application software. However, Gartner expects increased growth for the infrastructure software segment in the near-term, particularly in integration platform as a service (iPaaS) and application platform as a service (aPaaS).

Table 1. Worldwide IT Spending Forecast (Billions of US Dollars)

2018

Spending

2018

Growth (%)

2019

Spending

2019

Growth (%)

2020 Spending

2020 Growth (%)

Data Centre Systems

210

15.5

204

-2.8

207

1.7

Enterprise Software

399

9.3

427

7.1

462

8.2

Devices

667

0.3

655

-1.9

677

3.5

IT Services

982

5.5

1,016

3.5

1,065

4.8

Communications Services

1,489

2.1

1,487

-0.1

1,513

1.7

Overall IT

3,747

4.0

3,790

1.1

3,925

3.6

Source: Gartner (April 2019)

“The choices CIOs make about technology investments are essential to the success of the digital business. Disruptive emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), will reshape business models as well as the economics of public- and private-sector enterprises. AI is having a major effect on IT spending, although its role is often misunderstood,” said Lovelock. “AI is not a product, it is really a set of techniques or a computer engineering discipline. As such, AI is being embedded in many existing products and services, as well as being central to new development efforts in every industry. Gartner’s AI business value forecast predicts that organisations will receive $1.9 trillion worth of benefit from the use of AI this year alone.”

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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