This IDC Web conference includes IDC's team of IT market analysts and economists' review of IT spending data and leading indicators from the first quarter of 2015, alongside updated market sizing and forecasts from IDC's Worldwide Black Book, answering questions such as:
- What impact will the rise of the U.S. dollar have on IT spending in the rest of 2015?
- How has the decline in oil prices affected the outlook for IT budgets?
- Will the PC market slide back into long-term decline, and what is the outlook for smartphones and tablets?
- How will cloud, mobile, Big Data, and social impact IT spending in different regions?
- What is the current state of IT spending in emerging markets, including Brazil, Russia, India, and China?
IT spending was volatile in 2014, with economic wild cards and currency headwinds impacting the revenue of global tech vendors. The collapse in oil prices was a net positive for the worldwide IT market but had a negative impact within specific sectors and geographies while also contributing to a run-up in the value of the U.S. dollar, which is now threatening to exert inflationary pressures on IT prices in some regions. Overall momentum was broadly positive in mature economies and less so in emerging markets. The PC market rebound exceeded all expectations, and there were signs of a broad-based capital spending uptick in the second half of the year, also driving downstream spending on related IT services. Software demand remained strong. On the other hand, mobile device markets are approaching saturation in many regions, and cloud continues to cannibalize some traditional IT segments, while the PC rebound may prove to be short lived, and capital spending on enterprise hardware is vulnerable to macroeconomic risk factors.
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