Gartner Research

Forecast Analysis: Small-and-Midsize-Business External IT Spending, Worldwide, 2Q13 Update

Published: 19 September 2013

ID: G00255487

Analyst(s): Mikako Kitagawa , Daniel O'Connell , Warren Bell, Robert Anderson , Erica Gadjuli


SMB IT spending will grow an estimated average of 3.9% in the next five years. Emerging-market geographies will clearly lead the growth, while mature markets will show slower-than-average growth. Software spending growth will outperform all other technology segments.

Table Of Contents



  • Macroeconomic, Geopolitical, Demographic and Cultural Factors
    • China's Consistent Growth Despite the Economic Uncertainties
    • IT Providers' Cautious Investments Are Required in the SMBs in the Emerging Markets
    • Sluggish IT Spending in Europe Affected by Economic Instability
    • Software- and Service-Driven IT Spending in the Mature Markets
  • Hardware
    • Device
    • Server/Data Center
  • IT Services
  • Software
    • Applications
    • Infrastructure
  • Telecommunications
    • Mobile and Data Services Are Driving the Market
    • Network Consolidation and Upgrades Are Driven by Modern Applications

Market Model

  • Forecasting Process

Recommended Reading

©2020 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Purchase this Document

To purchase this document, you will need to register or sign in above

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.