According to the US and Global Market Outlook: Q3 report of market research firm Forrester, IT outsourcing from the US will see a slow growth rate of eight percent or $758 billion this year. This is lower compared to the estimate of almost 10 percent in July, while a growth rate of only 7.4 percent is predicted in 2011.
IT outsourcing is expected to fall behind the growth of other IT categories including software and PC equipment purchases. The report also suggests that applications outsourcing will increase by 2.9 percent. Mainframe outsourcing will grow by only 1.5 percent, while desktop support outsourcing will expand by just 1.3 percent. According to Andrew Bartels, VP and principal analyst at Forrester, extreme cases - strong growth or recession - may be seen in the US economy and on a global scale, “growing weakly but not slipping back into recession.”