TechCrunch reported yesterday that Gartner has released its annual forecast of IT spending growth. The analyst firm says that global IT spending will grow by 4.1 percent, to $3.8 trillion in 2013. That’s up from 2.1 percent growth in 2012, indicating some signs of economic recovery in the tech sector. Overall, the big winners are enterprise software and hardware devices, expected to grow 6.4 percent and 7.9 percent, respectively. The hardware device number is largely fueled by rapid mobile device growth, with traditional PC growth flat and printers in decline.
Gartner’s predictions reinforce similar predictions for mobile growth from IDC, delivered late last year.