But market intelligence company Gartner has warned that its earlier prediction of 3.9 percent will be affected by the rise in the price of the US dollar as well as conservative sentiment about services and devices.
But Gartner research VP John-David Lovelock sought to play down the reduction. He said it “is less dramatic than it might at first seem. The rising US dollar is chiefly responsible for the change. Stripping out the impact of exchange rate movements, the corresponding growth figure is 3.7 percent.”
Datacentre systems will be worth $143 billion in 2015, while enterprise software will total $335 billion.
There will be a price war in cloud per seat during 2015 with price drops of as much as 25 percent right through until 2018. Vendors are discounting cloud offerings heavily, said Gartner.