The slower outlook for 2014 is attributed to a reduction in growth expectations for devices, data centre systems, and to some extent IT services, it said.
"However, 2015 through 2018 will see a return to 'normal' spending growth levels as pricing and purchasing styles reach a new equilibrium," Gordon said in a statement yesterday.
"IT is entering its third phase of development, moving from a focus on technology and processes in the past to a focus in the future on new business models enabled by digitalisation," he added.
"This is due to lower price points expected across mobile phones and tablets," it said.
It noted that as tablet penetration reaches 50 per cent in US households, sales of high-end tablets will decrease, with the next wave of adopters more attracted to lower priced utility tablets.
The result is the mix of tablets shifting from basic tablets to utility tablets, resulting in lower price points.
The Gartner Worldwide IT Spending Forecast is the leading indicator of major technology trends across the hardware, software, IT services and telecommunications markets.
On the other hand, IT spending in the
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