Gartner: Enterprises Will Boost IT Spend in 2010

The IT world is having a hard time shaking that recession hangover, but 2010 could be the aspirin that cures the industry’s ills.

Research firm Gartner Inc. said on Monday that global IT spending should hit $3.4 trillion this year; that would represent a 5.3 percent increase over last year. Service providers should see the most demand from enterprise customers needing servers, as well as security and business-intelligence software.

Still, enterprise outlays for hardware will stay below 2008’s levels through the next four years, Gartner said, even as companies put money into low-end servers to hold burgeoning amounts of data. That’s the near-term expectation. Long-term, experts expect server popularity to fall prey to cloud computing.

For service providers, that’s actually good news. As in-house reliance on servers declines, more enterprises will look to operators for products such as software-as-a-service (SaaS) and IT asset management, said Joanne Correia, managing vice president at Gartner. Vendors offering those products – especially with solid open-source platforms – “will continue to benefit,” Correia said in a prepared statement.

“We also see mobile-device support or applications, as well as cloud services driving new opportunities,” she added.

In 2010 alone, Gartner predicts software purchases worldwide to total $232 billion, a 5.1 percent jump over last year’s numbers.

Gartner further said consulting and systems integration should boost providers’ bottom lines throughout 2010. Other growth sectors include Web conferencing, data integration and Ethernet services, researchers said.

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