IDC: IT Budgets Down in 2008
IT execs are focusing on cutting costs rather than investing in technology this quarter, according to a report by research analysts at IDC.
Information technology executives are focusing on cutting costs rather than
investing in technology this quarter, according to a report released today by
research analysts at IDC.
IDC conducted in-depth interviews with 27 U.S.-based chief technology officers
and other "senior" IT executives, and found "a significant shift
towards cost reduction...as a response to the economic downturn," according
to a released statement from Henry Morris, senior vice president of Software
and Services Research at IDC.
According to a summary of the study, more than half of the executives interviewed
said that their IT budgets had already been "negatively impacted"
by the current economic downturn, with the rest "expecting a negative future
impact." More than two-thirds also said that their funding is"moving
back to being more centralized...in part for better control and efficiency."
To help control costs, IDC said that many of the executives interviewed are
turning to technologies like virtualization and "application consolidation."
According to the summary, 25 of the 27 IT executives interviewed are also focused
on modernizing their company's legacy applications and architectures.
And while the executives interviewed said they are in need of Java, .NET, VoIP
and SAP skills, as well as security and project management expertise, they are
"very open to acquiring these skills externally."
A complete copy of the survey is available from IDC here.
Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital projects at the company, including launching and running the group's popular virtual summit and Coffee talk series . She an experienced tech journalist (20 years), and before her current position, was the editorial director of the group's sites. A few years ago she gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web browser technology would impact online advertising for publishers. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.