It may just be that the economic problems that have dogged IT spending over the past few years could be over. According to predictions by Gartner, spending overall this year is going to be US$ 3.7 trillion globally, up 4.2% on last year and, more importantly, up from Gartner’s previous prediction of 3.8%.

Information Management Spending Recovery?

While figures like this are hard to digest and put in context, in the information management space all the news from this set of figures is good. The spending drive, it seems, will be led by spending on devices -- no surprises there -- and enterprises.

There has been considerable anecdotal evidence over the past year that enterprises were holding on to their cash as they waited for a confirmed economic turnaround before splashing out on new software, and even hardware. With these set of figures, it looks like that turnaround is here.

Yesterday, we saw that HP is considering spinning off some of its more unprofitable businesses and in this respect the consensus appears to be that the PC manufacturing might go. We also speculated that selling this off too soon would be like a turkey voting for Thanksgiving.

These figures would seem to concur. The first thing to note here is that the increase upwards in Gartner’s spending predictions is based on currency fluctuations that will see gains in foreign currencies against the dollar and push spending growth upwards to 4.2%.

However, taking constant and current values into account, the rise in spending will be 3.9%, in keeping with Gartner’s earlier predictions, which means the research giant is standing by its contention that 2013 will be a year of growth.

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On top of this, Richard Gordon, managing vice president at Gartner comes right out and says what many vendors have been hoping for quite a while:

Uncertainties surrounding prospects for an upturn in global economic growth are the major retardants to IT growth…This uncertainty has caused the pessimistic business and consumer sentiment throughout the world. However, much of this uncertainty is nearing resolution, and as it does, we look for accelerated spending growth in 2013 compared to 2012."

Enterprise Software Spending

So where will all the spending happen? Well let’s take a quick look at enterprise software first. According to Gartner, spending on enterprise software will hit US$ 296 billion in 2013, up 6.4% from 2012 and will continue into 2014.