Microsoft Study Shows IT Pros Prioritizing Efficiency During Recession
A study commissioned by Microsoft and carried out by Harris Interactive on how the recession is affecting the way IT professionals invest in their businesses' infrastructure finds that, while the economy has forced substantial cost-cutting, investment in areas such as virtualization and cloud computing will increase.A new Microsoft-commissioned study by Harris Interactive into the recession's effects on IT spending suggests that while the majority of IT professionals have given belt-tightening their highest priority, many also plan to increase their investments in virtualization, cloud computing and other tools to drive business efficiency. Of the four countries surveyed-the United States, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom-the recession had forced a relatively small portion of the typical U.S. IT budget to be set aside for innovations as opposed to maintaining current system. In the United States, about 29 percent of IT professionals planned to spend their budget on innovation, versus 41 percent for Japan and the United Kingdom and 35 percent in Germany. IT management has been focused on keeping the lights on, the study suggests, with only 22 percent of those surveyed saying "giving the business a competitive edge" was the "current top priority."
The study was conducted between April 9 and May 5 and surveyed 1,200 "IT decision makers at enterprise and SMB [small and midsize business] organizations."