As the global economy recovers, IT spending is forecast to increase steadily during 2014.
This is the conclusion of Gartner, which says spending on IT worldwide is to grow by 3.2 per cent year-on-year, reaching $3.8 trillion (£2.3 trillion).
The devices market is set to grow, with $689 billion expected to be spent on such items in the coming 12 months. Demand for premium mobile phones is slowing, however, as users in developing countries opt for low-end Android basic models and those in mature markets purchase mid-tier phones.
Traditional PC users are set to dwindle, although those that remain will be more engaged.
Data centre systems spending is also forecast to increase to $143 billion this year – a rise of 2.3 per cent on the previous 12 months.
Cloud and mobility are emerging as the biggest drivers of demand in enterprise network equipment trends, while virtualisation and cloud adoption are creating substantial market traction for data centre ethernet switches.
Spending in the enterprise software market is set to total $320 billion – an increase of 6.9 per cent on last year’s figure – making it this year’s fastest-growing market segment.
“The Nexus of Forces (the convergence of social, mobile, cloud and information) continues to drive growth across key major software markets, such as CRM, database management systems (DBMSs), data integration tools and data quality tools,” said Richard Gordon, managing vice-president at Gartner.
“In fact, organisational adoption of data management technologies to support the Nexus will cause spending on DBMSs to surpass operating systems, making the former the largest enterprise software market in 2014.”
Spending on IT services, meanwhile, is projected to total $964 billion in 2014, up 4.6 per cent on 2013. A shift is occurring, with IT buyers beginning to focus on implementation as opposed to consulting.
Slower growth of 1.3 per cent is predicted in telecoms, with spending reaching $1.655 trillion. As substitution effects have taken place earlier than anticipated, fixed-voice services are continuing to decline, affecting the balance of wireless-only households in important markets, as well as the migration of enterprise lines due to Session Initiation Protocol trunking (the use of voice over IP to facilitate the connection of a private branch exchange to the Internet).
A plan for the management of legacy data that takes into account the movement of backups and archives into the Cloud is needed – especially one that also considers the possibility of future restoration and extraction requirements.