The mood of proceeding with caution, while not abandoning new initiatives, prevails at auto giant General Motors, which will continue its long-term trend of gradually decreasing its IT expenses, according to CIO Ralph Szygenda. "The U.S. economic outlook and gas prices are driving cost reductions in [the United States]," Szygenda told eWEEK via e-mail. However, he added, GM is aiming to spend more in other parts of the world. "We continue to invest in strategic globalization of processes and systems and in growth markets such as Russia, China, Lain America, India, Eastern Europe, etc.," Szygenda wrote.At California State University in Fresno, Michael is planning to complete a network infrastructure refresh, including replacing a telephone switch. He will also follow through on a federated identity management project that will allow a person from one campus in the state university system to be recognized at another campus in the system.
While new initiatives may be coming under closer scrutiny than in some years, maintaining IT at a normal level, including moderate growth, is the order of the day at many organizations. "We're spending most of our time keeping the status quo going, including the normal expansion of normal services," said Kevin Wilson a client architect of desktop mobile and virtual at a southeastern U.S. energy company.