IT Management Slideshow: IT Spending To Increase in Government, Small Businesses
According to the October 2010 edition of the bimonthly CDW IT Monitor which tracks the direction and momentum of information technology spending in the US, the vast majority of companies and government organizations surveyed anticipate an increase in IT spending on both software and hardware in the coming year. Confidence is strongest in the local government sector, with 84 percent of local government IT decision makers planning to replace or install hardware within the next six months. Thomas E. Richards, CDW's president and chief operating officer, says state and local government IT decision makers seem to understand the importance of spending money now in order to save money in the long run. "New technologies can help government agencies accomplish more even with reduced staff and reduce costs in key areas such as energy consumption," he says. And while confidence among IT decision makers at large companies has shifted downwards over the past six months, the opposite is true for decision makers at small and medium sized businesses - 19 percent of small-business IT decision makers plan to replace or install software for a significant part of the organization within the next six months, a record high since the CDW IT Monitor's launch in December of 2007. "Developments such as the recent passage of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 - with its tax benefits and provisions - could also be contributing to this stabilizing effect," Richards says. The information in the October 2010 CDW IT Monitor comes from a survey of 1,079 IT decision makers conducted by independent polling firm Richard Day Research between October 1 and October 8, 2010.