IDC says Canadian IT spending set to rebound, mobile device sales to stall in 2017

Canadian tech spending will rebound in 2017, but mobile device sales will continue to stall, according to IDC Canada’s IT predictions for the year ahead.Although IT investment slipped on the low oil and gas prices that hampered Canada’s economy this year, “2017 will see stronger IT spending growth than 2016,” said Lars Goranssson, general manager and group VP at IDC Canada.During the predictions webcast on Wednesday, Goransson did not provide a specific figure for Canadian IT spending growth overall. He added, however, that there will be “sustained double digit growth rates” next year in third platform technologies, defined by IDC as cloud, social, big data and mobile.Goransson: Mobile device sales growth “has ground to a halt” in Canada.Turning to mobile device hardware, “we can see that its growth has come to a halt,” Goransson said. “In 2017 in Canada, mobile device shipments will record another two per cent …