21 July, 2020
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Jul 21, 2020 - The impact of COVID 19 is clearly visible in the domain of IT infrastructure, and IT procurement managers can experience delays and increase in prices of IT hardware like PC, smartphones/tablets, network hardware, server and storage due to supply shortages.
Global IT spending is expected to shrink by 2.7 percent this year as enterprises have to put their plans on hold due to the pandemic, according to Beroe Inc, a procurement intelligence firm. Spending on devices segment including tablets, PCs, Smartphones, and peripherals is expected to fall to 8.8 percent in FY2020.
The global PC sales has declined by 12.3 percent Y-o-Y reaching 51.6 million units during Q1 2020 due to the COVID -19 and eventually following production decline in China. Asia Pacific region witnessed the steepest decline of 27.1 percent Y-o-Y during the period. Servers’ production has stalled owing to the impact of COVID in China. Vietnam is being considered as a preferred location away from China followed by Mexico and India for manufacturing, however, Vietnam does not have the required manpower nor existing infrastructure to support high capacities supported by China.
Beroe, which is based in North Carolina, further stated that procurement experts can access this report on market intelligence platform Beroe LiVE: live.beroeinc.com
The negative impact of COVID 19 is seen in the Server/Storage IT infrastructure category with the growth rate transitioning from 0.8 percent before the pandemic to -3.3 percent for the post COVID-19 situation. Mobile phones witnessed a steep decline in growth, with a pre COVID 19 projection of 9 percent while post the COVID 19, the growth is a negative of -6.5 percent. Industries such as personal and consumer services as well as transportation have a major cut in their IT expenditure, while healthcare and telecom demonstrate positive growth.
The impact of the coronavirus experienced by the IT hardware and Telecom industry has been partially offset due to the existing inventory and finished goods. This buffer stock was made available primarily because of the trade dispute between the U.S. and China, and Chinese New Year holidays. The requirement of social distancing and eventually restricting the movement of laborers is a key issue as IT hardware infrastructure requires the physical presence of workforce from deployment to field services.
The research methodology adopted for the report included:
The global telecom revenue is expected to decline by 3.4 percent in 2020; consumer services which constitute more than 65 percent of the total revenue will not have a substantial impact and consumer digital services will witness around 15 percent growth in revenue. Fixed and mobile services of business/corporate segment is expected to witness a decline of around 10 and 12 percent respectively. However, ICT services and IoT Connectivity services will experience an uptick of 5-7 percent and around 12 percent respectively.
The report also includes:
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