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Forecast Analysis: IT Spending, Worldwide, 1Q17 Update

Published: 16 May 2017

ID: G00324627

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


Gartner's forecast for worldwide dollar-valued IT spending growth in 2016 finishes the year slightly positive at 0.4%. 2017 will be the strongest year for growth in the next five years with 3.3% growth in constant-currency terms.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Companion Documents

Forecast Data

Market Impact

  • Anticipated Rise in U.S. Dollar Will Depress 2017 Dollar-Valued IT Spending
    • Real Versus Nominal Market Growth Distinctions
    • Data Center Systems: Business Uncertainty Leads to Stall in Spending
    • Enterprise Software: Exchange Rate Shifts, Impacting Multiple Regions
    • Devices: Spending to Increase, Total Units Will Remain Flat
    • IT Services: Injection in Infrastructure Spending to Fuel Project Work Investments
    • Consumer Communications Services: 4G Network Coverage Affects Consumer Adoption
    • Enterprise Communications Services: Enterprise Spending Driven More by IoT Growth Than Regulatory Rollback


  • Macroeconomic Factors
    • U.S. Dollar Will Gain Additional Value Against Most Currencies in 2017
  • Data Center Systems
  • Enterprise Software
    • Devices
  • IT Services
  • Consumer Communications Services
  • Enterprise Communications Services

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