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Talk about bubbles bursting: IT managers are actually forecasting lower budgets for their 2010 information technology plans. If you're not a student of the history of IT budgets, that's without precedent. In fact, it's unusual even to see lower growth rates, much less a 2.7% drop in North America and 1.7% cuts worldwide. So let's just say that we have now put the period on the sentence "This is the worst recession most of us have ever seen."
If there's one unifying theme for next year's IT departments, it will be "doing more with less," a mantra cited by 46% of respondents. One item that will be in the "less" column is servers; 33% are deploying virtualization to reduce costs.
But spenders and cutters differ on several key points. Among those investing in IT budgets next year, 42% are trying new technologies to reduce costs, versus 28% of the flat-to-down crowd. On the flip side, 22% of cutters say they're not doing much new, versus only 10% of spenders.
So what technologies and projects are IT shops deploying the most in 2010? Here are the ones that more than 25% of shops are implementing:
|Disaster recovery/business continuity||42%|
|Migrate to Windows 7||33%|
|Business intelligence/data warehousing||27%|
|Business process automation/business process management||26%|
|Identity and access management||26%|
Perhaps the only surprises on this IT budgets list are storage virtualization and Windows 7. Both server and desktop virtualization can become expensive on the storage side without pooling, which is most likely the motivation for adopting storage virtualization, a technology that has enjoyed only modest adoption in recent years. And Windows 7 migrations probably mirror pent-up demand for new desktops and, possibly, new OS features.
Missing from the hot list are some recent hype kings, notably cloud (20%), unified communications (13%), SOA (16%), mobile endpoint security (13%) and green IT (21%).
In future articles, we'll dig more into the major pillars of IT to discuss what IT managers are planning in each of those areas in 2010.
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