Worldwide SMB Spending Will Return to Growth
in 2010, But Full Recovery Not Expected Until
2011, According to IDC
March 23, 2010 08:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--While the impact of the global recession was no
surprise, the extent to which small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) were adversely affected was greater than
anticipated. As a result, International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts worldwide SMB spending on information
technology (IT) will increase by 5.5% over the 2010-2014 forecast period. This is considerably lower than
"The downturn had a devastating impact on SMBs worldwide," said Ray Boggs, vice president, Small/Medium
Business and Home Office Research at IDC."Moving forward, small businesses will not follow the past pattern and
return to pre-recessions spending levels more quickly than midsize firms. Instead, SMBs of all sizes will remain
cautious with their IT spending over the next several years."
Key findings from IDC's SMB forecast include the following:
l Worldwide SMB IT spending will grow to nearly $629.3 billion in 2014. Despite the $17.4 billion spending
increase expected in 2010, SMB IT spending levels will not return to 2008 levels until 2011.
l While SMB spending declines affected all categories of hardware, software, and services, the spending
recovery will vary by technology type. IDC expects SMB spending on PCs and peripherals to experience the
strongest growth, followed closely by packaged software outlays, while systems and storage spending will be
the slowest growing.
l SMB spending growth will be strongest in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, although
spending will not recover to pre-recession levels until 2011. The developing markets of Asia/Pacific and Latin
America will also experience growth of more than 7% throughout the forecast period. SMB spending growth
in developed regions will be roughly 3-4%.
l North America, Western Europe, and Japan collectively represent about 70% of worldwide IT spending by
"The diversity of the SMB market will continue to be one of its hallmarks," added Boggs. "Given that the developed
regions account for the largest share of SMB spending, and the developing regions represent the greatest opportunity
for market growth, the global market really becomes a 'tale of two regions.' To succeed, technology providers need
to develop separate strategies that address the distinct needs of companies in each of these settings."
The IDC study, Worldwide Small and Medium-Sized Business 2010–2014 Forecast: Recovery and Change in
SMB IT Spending by Category and Region (Doc #222409), forecasts spending by small and medium-sized
businesses across major geographic regions. Total IT spending is presented for 2010-2014, along with the baseline
year of 2009. Detail on spending totals is provided for key hardware, software, and services technology areas: PCs
and peripherals, systems and storage, networking equipment, packaged software, and IT services.
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