Technology Spending Growth to Return in Q4By Jessica Davis | Print
Forrester Research says that IT spending took a harder hit than expected in the first half of 2009, but IT spending growth will return in Q4 and will continue in 2010. The report aligns with another recent report from Gartner that shows a return of PC sales growth in Q4. Declines are still forecast for the full year of 2009.
Waiting for an end to the recession? Wondering
when your customers’ delayed projects will finally get the green light again?
Forrester Research now says IT spending growth will return in the fourth
quarter of this year and continue in 2010.
That forecast aligns with a recent report from Gartner, which is now forecasting a return to PC sales growth in Q4.
The new forecast from Forrester comes in a report projecting a decline in global purchases of IT goods and services by businesses and governments in 2009 by 10.6 percent in U.S. dollars. That compares to a previous forecast of just 3 percent.
Forrester says that new data about large declines in business technology
investment during Q1 prompted the update to the forecasts.
"While Q1 2009 saw a scary drop in purchases in the U.S. tech market, ironically that is good news for the long run and we expect to see a stronger rebound sooner," says Andrew Bartels, Forrester Research vice president and principal analyst, in a prepared statement.
"The big drops are not precursors to further declines," he says. "Rather, we think they are evidence of a temporary pause in U.S. tech purchases, which we expect to start recovering in Q4 as businesses realize that they overreacted in the first quarter. We also expect that tech markets in Europe and Asia will start to recover in the first half of 2010."
In terms of specific technology categories, Forrester projects 2009 computer equipment purchasing to drop by 13.5 percent, communications equipment purchasing to drop by 12.4 percent, software spending to drop by 8.2 percent, and purchases of IT consulting and outsourcing services to drop by 8.6 percent.