PC sales to grow in 2003

After experiencing a significant slump in sales due to the global economic downturn, it appears as though PC sales will pick up in the New Year as Meta Group is reporting an increased number of RFPs for PC purchases.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  November 5, 2002

After experiencing a significant slump in sales due to the global economic downturn, it appears as though PC sales will pick up in the New Year. Evidence of this comes from Meta Group, which says that the number of requests for proposal (RFPs) for PC purchases for Q1 2003 has increased.

Although the analyst house predicts that PC purchasing volumes are unlikely to return to the market high of 1999, it confirms that 2003 volumes will be significantly better than the very low levels of the past 18 months.

“Organisations want to migrate their remaining desktops off Windows 95 and 98, and they are realising that their older machines — typically Pentium IIs or Pentium IIIs — are unsuitable for Windows XP or 2000,” says Meta analyst Steve Kleynhans.

However, it is unlikely that those companies buying PCs in 2003 will opt for high end systems. As Kleynhans explains, “most corporate buyers will not need to purchase the highest-end systems. They will find that even modestly configured current systems will be sufficient for nearly all users.”

The analyst suggests that organisations will be able to buy boxes with Pentium 4 processors at processing speeds of about 2 GHz, with 512M/bytes of memory and 40G/Byte hard drives. He does, however, recommend organisations against buying the lowest-end systems running Pentium III or Celeron processors, because these systems are either at the end of their product life cycles or lack the levels of image stability required by corporate buyers.

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