Worldwide IT spending is expected to grow 5.6% this year to $5.6trn, driven by demand for media tablets such as the iPad.
Worldwide media tablet spending is projected to reach $29.4bn in 2011, up from $9.6bn in 2010, according to the latest forecast from analyst house Gartner. Global spending on media tablets is forecast to increase at an annual average rate of 52% through 2015.
Richard Gordon, research vice-president at Gartner, said: "Absent of the addition of media tablets, the forecast would have slightly declined in constant-dollar terms; however, with their addition, there is virtually no change in underlying forecast growth at the level of overall IT."
Gartner estimates that spending on computer hardware will increase by 9.5%, while enterprise software spending is set to increase 7.6%. Spending on IT services will increase by 5% during 2011, according to Gartner.
As Computer Weekly has previously reported, the take-up of mobile devices such as the iPad is driving demand for mobile business-to-consumer applications.