Gartner adds media tablets to IT spend category

IT spending in 2011 will rise by 5.6 percent, up from the previously predicted 5.1 percent.

That’s according to revised figures from Gartner, which has said spending will total $3.6 trillion this year.

The change in the predictions comes as Gartner adds media tablets, such as the iPad, to the IT spending mix. It said by including tablets, the computer growth outlook has risen from  7.5 percent to 9.5 percent for 2011.

This is because worldwide media tablet spending is projected to reach $29.4 billion in 2011, up from $9.6 billion in 2010. Global spending on media tablets is forecast to increase at an annual average rate of 52 percent through 2015.

Gartner said it decided to factor in media tablets due to an “expected additional decline in the value of the dollar, accounts for the increase in top-line growth,”

It said without this category, the forecast would have “slightly declined in constant-dollar terms;” however, the addition means there was nearly no change in the overall IT growth.

Gartner says the recent tragedies in Japan, and their impact, is yet to be understood.