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Research firm Gartner forecasts the global IT spending to increase by 1.1% between 2018 and 2019.

Revenue generation within the IT market is expected to reach $3.79 trillion in 2019.

Through 2020, a 3.6% market growth is anticipated. Revenue generation is expected to reach $3.925 trillion.

Key takeaways from the firm's quarterly study on IT spending include:

  1. The communications services leading other segments in terms of spending, followed by IT services, devices, enterprise software and data center systems, through 2020.
  2. The data center systems segment will experience the largest decline in 2019 with a decrease of 2.8%. This is due to expected lower average selling prices in the server market driven by adjustments in the pattern of expected component costs.
  3. The shift of enterprise IT spending from traditional (noncloud) offerings to new, cloud-based alternatives is continuing to drive growth in the enterprise software market. In 2019, the market is forecast to reach $427 billion, up 7.1% from $399 billion in 2018.
  4. The largest cloud shift has so far occurred in application software.
Global IT spending by segment

John David Lovelock, vice president of research at Gartner, said:“Currency headwinds fueled by the strengthening US dollar have caused us to revise our 2019 IT spending forecast down from the previous quarter.

“Through the remainder of 2019, the US dollar is expected to trend stronger, while enduring tremendous volatility due to uncertain economic and political environments and trade wars.

"In 2019, technology product managers will have to get more strategic with their portfolio mix by balancing products and services that will post growth in 2019 with those larger markets that will trend flat to down.

“Successful product managers in 2020 will have had a long-term view to the changes made in 2019.

“The choices CIOs make about technology investments are essential to the success of digital business. Disruptive emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), will reshape business models as well as the economics of public- and private-sector enterprises. AI is having a major effect on IT spending, although its role is often misunderstood.

“AI is not a product, it is really a set of techniques or a computer engineering discipline. As such, AI is being embedded in many existing products and services, as well as being central to new development efforts in every industry. Gartner’s AI business value forecast predicts that organizations will receive $1.9 trillion worth of benefit from the use of AI this year alone.”

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