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Global IT spend to reach US$3.8 trillion, up 3.2 per cent from 2013: Gartner

Divina Paredes | April 3, 2014
New Zealand's total IT spend is forecast to reach NZ$11.1 billion, up by 1.7 per cent

Gartner, however, sees a continuing shift in the product mix. It says demand for highly priced premium phones is slowing, with buyers in mature countries preferring mid-tier premium phones, while those in emerging countries favouring low-end Android basic phones.

In general, consumers are choosing to buy premium ultramobiles as notebook replacements and purchasing tablets as additional devices. As market power shifts to the buyer, and key product innovations become ubiquitous, product pricing is becoming the primary differentiator, says Gartner.

The number of traditional PC users is contracting to a set of fewer, "albeit more engaged" users, says Gartner.

Data centre systems spending, meanwhile, is projected to reach $143 billion in 2014, a 2.3 per cent increase from 2013.

Gartner says cloud and mobility are the biggest demand drivers in terms of enterprise network equipment trends.



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