Overall anticipated demand for hardware and software investments reached a record high in both public and private sectors.
overall anticipated IT spending has grown two percentage points to reach 42
percent, most sectors saw significant increases in spending optimism, according
to the latest CDW IT Monitor. Growing optimism and greater anticipation of
increased IT investments among IT decision-makers propelled the company's
six-month growth outlook composite score to 71, jumping three points since
October to reach its highest reading since its inception in late 2007.
number of state and federal government IT decision-makers expecting an increase
jumped 11 and 10 percentage points, respectively, with local government
reporting decreased anticipated IT spending, slipping five percentage points
since October. Within the private sector, IT decision-makers at medium-size
businesses anticipating an IT budget increase soared seven percentage points
since October, while small and large-size businesses each grew one percentage
survey findings also indicated that more than a third (36 percent) of IT
decision-makers plan to spend on mostly new assets, up eight percentage points
overall, with medium- and large-size businesses seeing 14- and eight-percentage
point increases, respectively. Those planning large investments climbed three
percentage points overall, led by double-digit growth among decision-makers at
medium-size businesses and within state government. Despite overall anticipated
IT hiring dropping two percentage points since October, IT decision-makers at
medium-size businesses and within federal government are expecting hiring increases
of three and two percentage points, respectively, over the next six
anticipated demand for hardware and software investments reached a record high
in both public and private sectors. Anticipated hardware spending climbed four percentage
points to 80 percent overall, led by significant increases among small business
(nine percentage points), local government (five percentage points) and state
government IT decision-makers (eight percentage points). Anticipated software
spending increased seven percentage points to 82 percent, driven by 10, eight
and six percentage point jumps among IT decision-makers at small, medium and
large-size businesses, respectively. In addition, expected software spend
increased 10 percentage points among local government IT decision-makers.
data indicates that the IT spending outlook has reached a significant
milestone. More IT decision-makers are feeling optimistic about the prospects
of their IT budgets increasing, and they are anticipating significant IT
investments in the next six months, especially on the hardware and software
fronts," said Neal Campbell, senior vice president and chief marketing
officer of CDW. "We believe that organizations will continue to look at
technology investments as ways to boost efficiencies, increase productivity and
gain new competitive advantages in 2012."
for IT solutions spending increased two percentage points to 45 percent, a 2011
high. This was led by a nine percentage point spike in anticipated spending
from medium-size businesses, and two percentage point increases from both
large-size businesses and within federal government.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.