IT Pros Ask Santa for More People, Money

In CDW Corp.'s 2007 Holiday IT Wish List, a survey conducted among 626 IT professionals, some 59 percent of respondents said they believed their organization is somewhat likely or extremely likely to increase its investment in information technology in 2008. Asked where their respective organizations would place their technology bets for 2008, 52 percent said their companies are somewhat or extremely likely to increase investments in virtualization, with knowledge management coming in second at 40 percent.

When asked what gift they'd most like to find under their IT tree, 27 percent said they'd like to have more IT staff, while 16 percent said they'd like to have a larger IT budget. But their preference for more people or more cash had largely to do with the size of their organization: There were more respondents from small companies wishing for more budget to work with (about 21 percent) than people (about 15 percent). On the other hand, 31 percent from large companies asked Santa for more IT staffing, while only 14 percent wanted more dollars.

Other IT pros' wishes ranged from options to telework, more technology upgrades, more time to get their work done, and -- an annual favorite -- more time off.

In the Techno-Sugarplum Index, the personal wish lists of IT pros, the preference was for entertainment products. High-definition TVs topped the list at 24 percent, followed by the Nintendo Wii (10 percent), digital SLR cameras (9 percent), iPods (8 percent), and home theater systems (8 percent). Write-in candidates included laptops, desktops and a range of peripherals.

To obtain a copy of the complete 2007 CDW Holiday IT Wish List Survey Report, visit http://www.cdw.com/holidaywish.

Posted by Ed Scannell on 11/29/2007 at 1:23 PM


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