back to article How big might IT spending get in 2021? Gartner: How about $4 trillion. And no, you can't have a new MacBook

Analysts are forecasting worldwide IT spending to top $4 trillion in 2021 with devices leading the charge as organisations adapt to changing workforce demands. Gartner reckons nearly $4.1 trillion could be in the offing this year, up 8.4 per cent from 2020's spending. Devices will show a healthy 14 per cent increase, driven by …

  1. Chris G

    I assume when none of their predictions pan out, as experts they will be able to explain exactly why without admitting they were wrong.

    Does anyone ever analyse Gartner's past predictions to determine whether or not they are worth listening to.

    1. tsf

      2011: PC is dead claims Gartner

      2012: Gartner - Desktop PC’s dead in Asia Pacific

      2013: Gartner - The PC market is dying.

      2014: Gartner - The PC Is Dead; Long Live the Tablet

      2015: Gartner - The PC is dead

      2016: The PC is dead. Gartner wishes you luck, vendors

      2018: Gartner - Windows 10 Pro is a dead end for the enterprise

      And many others

      1. Wade Burchette

        Must be nice to be always wrong and yet still be paid for your opinion. Just because someone claims to be an "expert" does not make them so. Why do people listen to Gartners or any company like them?

        1. ThatOne Silver badge

          For the same reason people throw money at psychics, astrologers and other soothsayers: Wanting some form of certainty amidst all the frightening chaos...

          Rulers of the past consulted astrologers and soothsayers, rulers of the present consult Gartner.

          With the same efficiency.

      2. trevorde Silver badge

        Stopped reading as soon as I saw 'Gartner' - immediate loss of credibility

        1. DJV Silver badge

          No, no, no! What you have to realise is that Gartner's ability to be wrong nearly 100% of the time is actually "negative cedibility". This means people pay attention to what they predict - because they always know that the exact opposite is much more likely to happen.

  2. ThatOne Silver badge

    The old marketing trick

    > Do they know something we don't?

    Or do they just need to, 1. attract peoples' curiosity, and 2. say something different, because if everything is bound to happen as everybody can guess, what's the point of Gartner?...

  3. Anonymous Coward

    IT Services

    "That said, the lion's share of spending remains in IT Services, forecast to be $1.1 trillion in 2021"

    So that would be $550 million in contracts and $550 million in overruns.

    1. DS999 Silver badge

      Re: IT Services

      IT service providers have only half the blame. I've consulted for a couple and seen how the process works. When they come into a business to bid they can only rely on what the company tells them their needs are. They can take inventories, ask questions, talk to people, etc. but there is always stuff the people at the company forget or don't think is important enough to mention. The service provider bases their bid on what they learn, and when the company later discovers all these "oh yeahs", what's the provider supposed to do, provide them free work above what the contract calls for? That's where a lot of the change orders / cost overruns come from, at least in the couple years.

      Its worse of course though - the service provider wants to make the lowest bid and win the business, so they have incentive not to look TOO hard for stuff the company missed. The people at the company "helping" them with their due diligence also have incentive not to look too hard for stuff that's missed as well. Either they are the incumbent staff, who know some/most of them will be let go when the IT provider takes over, or they are employees of a different IT provider who know they will have to either transition to another client (and possibly have to relocate) or be let go. They have reason to want the incoming provider to fail miserably, as their way of saying "fuck you" as they go out the door.

      This is why companies will often switch providers instead of renewing the one they have. They are upset about all the change orders they had to pay for in the first couple years to cover all the "oh yeahs". Again its worse though, because now the provider knows exactly what is entailed so their bid for extending the contract reflects the actual cost not the imaginary cost that left out all the "oh yeahs". It is pretty hard for a realistic bid to beat an imaginary bid, so unless the provider has a sterling reputation with the client (and if that's ever happened, I've never heard of it) the company will give the nod to the newcomer. Who will of course go through the whole change order business the first year or two because of all the stuff they missed / the former provider didn't work too hard to help them find!

  4. Blackjack Silver badge


    How about a Power laptop now that you want me to do tech support from home? Ignore the whole "Gamer" thing the laptop company says, that's just marketing....

  5. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse


    Gartner issues unsubstantiated report in hope people will pay for more unsubstantiated reports from Gartner.

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