spending is on track for growth of 6% in 2012, slightly lower
than 2011's 7% pace, IDC reports. Software, storage, enterprise
network and mobile device market segments are all performing
strongly, offsetting weaker performance in PCs, servers,
peripherals and telecom provider equipment, as well as broader
macroeconomic weakness, IDC states in a press release.
Factoring in telecom services, total ICT spending
will increase 5% in constant currency terms in 2012 to $2.6
trillion-- 2.5% growth in U.S. dollar terms.
"In spite of economic uncertainty, which continues to
inhibit enterprise investment in some tech segments, the continuing
demand for tablets, smartphones, storage capacity, and network
performance improvements actually outperformed expectations in the
first half of the year," said Stephen Minton, vice president in
IDC's Global Technology and Industry Research Group. "Software
spending has been robust, even in regions where economic trends
have been weakest, as businesses turn to software tools and
applications as a means of implementing cost-reduction
IDC analysts have identified some key trends in global
IT spending so far this year. Included are:
- U.S. IT spending remains on
course for a weaker performance than 2011 with growth of 5.9%
forecast, down from 8.5% last year. The launch of Windows 8 in the
fourth quarter should help to drive a meaningful recovery in the PC
market next year.
- While Western Europe remains weak overall due to the slow
economy, software growth in Northern Europe has been robust, and
mobile device shipments (smartphones and tablets) have remained on
course. However, Europe is on course for just 1% growth in constant
currency (a decline of 4.5% in U.S. dollars) if mobile devices are
excluded from the forecast.
- The recovery in Japan has lost some momentum, with IT growth in
constant currency now on course for an increase of just 2% this
year before flat lining again in 2013.
- Growth in emerging markets is still relatively strong. In
China, where the manufacturing sector has been impacted by slowing
exports to Europe, IT spending is now on course for 14% growth this
year in constant currency (down from 25% growth in 2011). PC
spending is on course for growth of just 7% after a
weaker-than-expected first half (down from 19% growth in
- Strong growth is still expected in India (14%), Brazil (14%),
Russia (11%), and South Africa (8%).
- Overall Worldwide IT spending is now expected to grow by 6% in
2013 to $2.1 trillion. Total ICT spending, including telecom
services, will increase by 5% next year to $3.8 trillion.