Over the past several weeks I have read a variety of comments from research analysts, technology manufacturers and industry pundits that paint a positive future for technology growth around the world. I have listed just a few of them below.

Reading these would make you believe that technology will be a leading factor in bringing the current worldwide economic picture into a more positive position. It’s hard to see negatives in these numbers. While I always like to view the glass as half full, the current long recovery makes me a bit skeptical but optimistic.

1. KPMG reports that during the first quarter of this year $84 billion was spent acquiring 881 companies. That’s the most since the second quarter of 2008. KPMG expects the level of activity to continue.

2. IDC says $21.5 billion was spent on public cloud services in 2010 and that the spending will increase by more than $50 billion over the next four years, for a compound annual growth rate of 27.6 percent. The spending will focus on servers, applications, systems infrastructure software, etc.

3. Gartner reports, worldwide enterprise software revenue will grow by 9.5 percent this year over 2010 – reaching $267 billion. The company is predicting continued growth for each of the next five years.

4. Cisco predicts that by 2015 the number of network-connected devices will total more than 15 billion…twice the world’s population. And traffic will quadruple over the next four years.

5. IDC forecasts that IT spending on the African continent will grow by 10 percent in 2011, reaching $25 billion. South Africa is expected to grow by 7.5 percent, while Egypt will continue to grow rapidly at more than 15 percent and the spending in the rest of Africa will grow at 12 percent.

6. IT services spending in the Asia-Pacific region is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.6 percent over the next four years, according to Ovum.

7. Gartner reports, Eastern Europe saw a 36 percent year-on-year jump in server revenues during the first quarter of this year – the highest percentage globally. Asia-Pacific saw the second strongest growth with 29 percent over the first quarter of 2010.

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