Three-quarters of CIOs to spend more on IT



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25 March 2013 | 0

Despite tough economic conditions almost three quarters of CIOs expect to increase IT spending this year, according to research.

A survey of 400 CIOs conducted by technology market research firm Vanson Bourne across France, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Poland and the UK, asked them about their spending priorities over the next 12 months.

It found that 71% expected to increase IT spending in 2013. Respondents were asked to pick their top five spending priorities over the next year, and virtualisation and consolidation programmes came out on top.

Among the EMEA respondents 50% prioritised server virtualisation, and 40% data centre consolidation. Another 34% cited storage consolidation, and 33% prioritised desktop virtualisation. Server upgrades were also the focus for 33%.




Overall, 10% of respondents plan to make "aggressive investments" to improve their company’s competitiveness. The survey found that 28% of companies surveyed indicated that efficiency and cuts to overall spend are key drivers for the investments they will make in the next 12 months.

In addition, 20% assumed that spend will continue at the same level as the last three to five years. Only 9% of the total sample indicated that IT budgets were shrinking, and that they would be spending less over the next 12 months.

The survey was commissioned by networked app performance technology company Riverbed Technology.

"Investment appears to primarily focus on centralising technology in order to remain competitive. But 38% of CIOs cited application performance over the WAN as a barrier to consolidation, so more are turning to WAN optimisation to ensure business continuity," said Willem Hendrickx, EMEA senior vice president at Riverbed Technology.

IDG News Service

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