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IT budgets, headcount set to grow in 2014: study

Ann Bednarz | Nov. 13, 2013
Companies are increasing IT spending, yet economic uncertainty remains a concern, SIM reports

The forecast is cloudy. SIM's survey found that 81% of organizations use the cloud. On average, 26.5% of all IT services are cloudbased. Among those, 54% are provided by a public or external cloud, and 46% are provided by a private or internal cloud.

Business alignment remains an imperative. When asked about the most important IT management concerns for the organization, the most pressing issue cited is a familiar one: alignment of IT with the business. IT pros also said the organization is concerned about business agility, business productivity, business cost reduction/controls, and IT cost reduction/controls.

Similarly, when IT pros were asked about their own IT management concerns, IT/business alignment also ranked first. But priorities shifted after that. The next most worrisome issues for IT pros are security, followed by talent shortages and business continuity/disaster recovery.

Economic uncertainty is still taking a toll. While the majority of respondents reported positive gains in IT spending and personnel, not everyone did. To recap, 27% of respondents cut IT budgets this year, 23% trimmed IT headcount, and 4% saw reductions in average salaries.

 

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