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Forecast Analysis: IT Spending, Worldwide, 4Q16 Update

Published: 06 March 2017

ID: G00324625

Analyst(s): Wm. L. Hahn , Colleen Graham , Adrian O'Connell , George Shiffler III, Kathryn Hale, Ranjit Atwal , John-David Lovelock , Neha Gupta


Gartner's forecast for worldwide dollar-valued IT spending growth in 2016 has been revised to negative 0.6%, down from last quarter's negative 0.3%. This document, aimed at technology strategic planners, discusses the key highlights and associated assumptions for the fourth-quarter forecast.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Companion Documents

Forecast Data

Market Impact

  • Rising U.S. Dollar Impacts Both 4Q16 Current- and Constant-Dollar Forecasts
    • Real Versus Nominal Market Growth Distinctions
    • Data Center Systems: Hyperscale Demand Is Spikey
    • Enterprise Software: Applications Drive Market Growth
    • Devices: Stabilization in 2017
    • IT Services: Variations by Geography
    • Consumer Communication Services: Consumer Spending Decreases in the U.K. Due to Brexit
    • Enterprise Communications Services: Enterprise Spending Evolves to a More Neutral Mix of Fixed and Mobile Services


  • Macroeconomic Factors
    • U.S. Dollar Will Gain Value Against Most Currencies in 2017
  • Data Center Systems
  • Enterprise Software
    • Purchase-Style Adoption
    • Technology Roadmaps
  • IT Services
  • Consumer Communications Services
  • Enterprise Communications Services

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