Market tracker Gartner Inc has forecast total Information Technology (IT) spending in Malaysia this year to rise 6.4 per cent to RM61.9 billion over 2012.
The forecast comprises telecommunications services (RM33.9 billion), devices (RM13.3 billion), IT services (RM9.8 billion), software (RM3.3 billion), and data centre systems (RM1.7 billion).
Meanwhile, on the global scale, IT spending this year was projected to hit US$3.7 trillion, up two per cent from a year ago, it said.
Earlier this year, Gartner had forecast IT spending growth in US dollar at 4.1 per cent.
The 2.1 per cent reduction reflects the impact of the recent fluctuations in the greenback exchange rate; growth in constant currency is forecast at 3.5 per cent for 2013, slightly down from last year.
"Exchange rate movements, and a reduction in our 2013 forecast for devices, account for the bulk of the downward revision, Managing Vice President Richard Gordon said in a statement today.
The forecast for spending on devices this year had been revised down to 2.8 per cent, from the previous forecast of 7.9 per cent.
"Personal computers (PC) sales declined in the first quarter and into the second quarter, but little recovery is expected during the second half of the year.
"However, with new devices set to hit the market in the second half, they will fail to compensate for the underlying weakness of the traditional PC market," he explained.
According to Gartner's recent forecast, tablet revenue is expected to see a 2.8 per cent growth, while mobile phone revenue is projected to increase 7.4 per cent this year.
Gartner's IT spending forecast methodology relies heavily on rigorous analysis of sales by thousands of vendors across the entire range of IT products and services.