One of the world’s biggest market research companies, Gartner, has first got the bad news out of the way in its Monday briefing: the worldwide IT spend will probably decline 5.2% this year compared to 2008, the biggest slowdown since 2001. But then the much better news comes: Gartner researchers feel that 2010 will show global IT spend growing 3.3% compared to 2009, a slightly modest jump that will still mean the IT spend is going to be less than in 2008. But it is a jump nonetheless, and in the dire times at present, it sounds good indeed. However, not every sector is expected to grow: next year, hardware will stay pretty much the same as in 2009, while the weight of growth will rest almost solely on the telecommunications firms and software makers.
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