Forrester cuts 2009 IT spending projections

Forrester cuts 2009 IT spending projections

Summary: Forrester Research said Tuesday that it is cutting its technology spending forecast for 2009, but raising estimates for 2008.In a nutshell, Forrester now projects 2008 technology spending growth of 5.

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Forrester Research said Tuesday that it is cutting its technology spending forecast for 2009, but raising estimates for 2008.

In a nutshell, Forrester now projects 2008 technology spending growth of 5.4 percent, up from 3.4 percent. In 2009, Forrester is projecting growth of 6.1 percent, down from 9.4 percent. Forrester detailed its new projections to clients in a 35 slide presentation.

Here's what it means: Forrester originally projected that an economic slowdown would put the kibosh on tech spending in the first half of 2008. It never came. But in light of Wall Street's meltdown and warnings about weak demand from Dell and Ingram Micro Forrester is now projecting a weak second half of 2008 and first half of 2009.

The money slide:

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Forrester's projection sounds about right, but there are multiple cross currents under the IT spending predictions.

Consider the following:

In other words, throw a few darts and you may be able to guess IT spending too.

Also see: Tech giants may face dollar daze

Topics: Dell, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft

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  • In further news, the sun will rise in the east

    *splutter* Yeah, that was a hard one to predict. The biggest IT spenders, the financial markets, are in a tailspin. Just the old kit from Lehman Brothers going on sale will flood the market. Probably not the best environment to predict a 50% year-on-year sales rise.
    DavidGerard
    • As will the moon

      It's full right now. Well it was a couple of days ago.
      tomam