Quarterly estimates for worldwide IT spending show a 7.1% increase in 2011, according to the latest quarterly spending outlook by Gartner, Inc. Gartner analysts revised overall IT forecast spending growth in U.S. dollar terms, up from their first quarter update, when they projected 5.6% growth for 2011.

"It is a bit surprising that we have not seen a more significant impact on our global IT spending forecast as a results of the Japan earthquake and tsunami, but despite widespread concerns about disruptions to the supply of critical components in the initial aftermath of the natural disaster, there has not been a dramatic impact on overall IT spending," said Richard Gordon, research VP at Gartner. "For 2011 as a whole, we expect Japan IT spending to be down in local currency, but we expect a positive growth trend to emerge in the second half of the year and continue into 2012."

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