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Taiwan's IT Spending to Grow 3% in 2014: Gartner

Jul 22, 2014 | By CENS

Taiwan's information technology (IT) spending is estimated to increase by 3% to reach NT$645.6 billion (US$21.52 billion) in 2014, with an annual growth rate some 50% higher than global average, according to Gartner Inc., the world's leading IT research and advisory company.

Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total US$3.7 trillion in 2014, a 2.1% increase from last year, however, this growth rate is down from earlier projections of 3.2%, Gartner said. The slower outlook for 2014 is attributed to a reduction in growth expectations for devices, data center systems and to some extent IT services.

“Price pressure based on increased competition, lack of product differentiation and the increased availability of viable alternative solutions has had a dampening effect on the short term IT spending outlook,” said Richard Gordon, managing vice president at Gartner. “However, 2015 through 2018 will see a return to ‘normal' spending growth levels as pricing and purchasing styles reach a new equilibrium. IT is entering its third phase of development, moving from a focus on technology and processes in the past to a focus in the future on new business models enabled by digitalization.”

The Gartner Worldwide IT Spending Forecast is the leading indicator of major technology trends across the hardware, software, IT services and telecom markets. The devices market (including PCs, ultramobiles, mobile phones, tablets and printers) is forecast to grow in 2014, but not as much as predicted in the previous quarter's forecast, reaching US$685 billion, a 1.2% increase from 2013. This is due to lower price points expected across mobile phones and tablets. As tablet penetration reaches 50% in U.S. households, sales of high-end tablets will decrease, with the next wave of adopters more attracted to lower priced utility tablets. The result is the mix of tablets shifting from basic tablets to utility tablets resulting in lower prices.

Data center systems spending is projected to reach US$140 billion in 2014, a 0.4% increase from 2013. Constrained spending levels continue to negatively impact the revenue opportunity for data center systems, particularly with external controller-based (ECB) storage. ECB storage spending is suffering from the combined effects of underutilized systems in the installed base, as well as lower-cost alternative architectures and cloud-based storage. The server market also shows weakness as enterprises migrate away from high-cost platforms toward lower-cost alternatives.

IT services is forecast to total US$967 billion in 2014, up 3.8% from 2013. Following weak vendor performance in 2013 across multiple geographies and segments, modestly improved spending is expected through 2014. IT outsourcing is growing slower than expected as sharply reduced pricing by the largest vendors is impacting the cloud storage services market. In addition, public cloud services are proving increasingly cannibalistic to more traditional data center outsourcing services.

In the enterprise software market, spending is on pace to total US$321 billion, a 6.9% increase from 2013. Within infrastructure, the database management system (DBMS) software market is expected to have strong growth as DBMS adoption is driven by big data and digitalization initiatives. Slower growth is expected in the applications market, specifically office suites and digital content creation (DCC), which are being impacted by slow PC sales and the rapid move to cloud-based offerings by many organizations and professionals.

Telecom services spending is projected to grow 0.7% in 2014, with spending reaching US$1,635 trillion, Gartner said.

Worldwide IT Spending Forecast (US$ Billion)


2013
Spending
2013
Growth (%)
2014
Spending
2014
Growth (%)
2015
Spending
2015
Growth (%)
Devices
677
1.1
685
1.2
725
5.8
Data Center Systems
140
-0.1
140
0.4
144
2.9
Enterprise Software
300
5.1
321
6.9
344
7.3
IT Services
932
0.0
967
3.8
1,007
4.1
Telecom Services
1,624
-1.2
1,635
0.7
1,668
2.0
Overall IT 3,673 0.0 3,749 2.1 3,888 3.7
Source: Gartner (June 2014)


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