In its latest global tech market forecast, Forrester is forecasting 5.4% growth in global tech spending in 2013. But, according to Andrew Bartels, vice president and principal analyst, the year will be better than it looks from the headline.
Aside from Europe, which will grow minimally in 2013 as it continues to rebound from its recession, other geographies will grow: the United States by 7.5% and Asia Pacific by 4%. In Latin America and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, tech buying will increase by 9% over the next two years.
Forrester contends that a lot of the economic instability affecting markets today — such as the fiscal cliff, the European recession, and the leadership transition in China — will be in the past. That’s why firms should look at 2013 as a transition year before increasing spending in 2014 when spending will grow to 6.7% globally.
The forecast “assumed a compromise of this kind (re: the fiscal cliff) would happen. We also assumed that the European economies would remain weak in 2013 before starting to recover in 2014; that Japan’s economy would slip back into no-growth territory; and that China’s economy and those in other emerging markets would pick up after slowing in 2012. Against that economic backdrop, we think that the global tech market will do a bit better in 2013 than it did in 2012 and will do even better in 2014,” Bartels blogged recently.
The tech market is being transformed by mobility, cloud computing, and smart computing, which are highly desired because of their transformative potential. Once the economic squeeze on IT budgets ends, the pent-up demand for new technologies will surface and drive the growth in tech spending. That will be the story of 2013 and 2014.
(For more information contact Forrester Research, Inc. http://www.forrester.com/.)