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Budget and Staff levels for IT set to be maintained for 2010

Sunbelt Software : 27 January, 2010  (Technical Article)
Trend Survey from Sunbelt Software on IT spending indicate that IT staffing and budgets will continue unchanged throughout 2010
The final results from the 2010 IT & Technology Trends Survey indicate that organizations of all sizes, across all verticals will maintain IT staffing levels and budgets during 2010, as you continue to implement upgrade- and migration projects that began in 2009. Over one-third of organizations -- 35% -- revealed that IT budgets will remain the same in 2010, while 26% said their budgets will increase and a 15% minority said IT budgets will decrease in the New Year.

Interestingly, 16% of respondents said their 2010 IT budgets are still not approved and 8% remain unsure of their budgets for the next 12 months. Not surprisingly, the survey revealed that the top spending priorities in 2010 are: Disaster Recovery, deploying new applications in support of the business; upgrading server hardware and deploying/upgrading server virtualization Software.

Security remains a top concern for organizations of all sizes and in all vertical markets. Security spending is sacrosanct. It is one of the only technology segments that has remained immune from budget cuts. According to the survey data only 3% of organizations reduced their security spending over the last two years. And 36% of survey respondents cited security as their top spending priority for 2010.

It's clear from the responses that keeping server hardware current is a crucial and necessary component of your ongoing IT strategies. Two out of five survey participants -- 40% -- said they upgrade servers on an 'as needed' basis. Some 30% indicated their main line of business server hardware is two-to-three years old; 20% said it is one-to-two years old, while 9% have relatively new server hardware that was purchased in the last six-to-12 months. Some 21% of respondents said their server hardware is three-to-four years old; 11% have main line of business servers that are four to five years old while 9% of respondents indicated their organizations lag way behind the upgrade curve with server hardware that is more than five years old.

Two out of five respondents -- 41% -- said the ongoing economic downturn has caused product lifecycles to lengthen. However, nearly that same percent of respondents - 40% -- said the tight economy has not impacted product upgrade cycles. Almost one-quarter of those polled -- 24% -- said their organization retrofits its servers to save money instead of purchasing new servers. And 18% said their firms are adopting a more strategic approach to the tough economic times by purchasing more robust/more expensive servers so they last longer.
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