CIOs Plan to Move Forward With Upgrades, Other Initiatives

March 2, 2010 at 11:32 am Leave a comment

A new survey shows that CIOs are again ready to make critical IT investments now that the recession is mostly over. More than one-third (37%) of the CIOs interviewed said they plan to implement software and hardware upgrades that had been deferred due to a soft economy. Others foresee moving forward with virtualization projects (16%) and website design initiatives (16%) as conditions improve.

            The survey was developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of information technology (IT) professionals on a project and full-time basis. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CIOs from US companies with 100 or more employees.

            CIOs were asked: “Which IT projects, if any, did you put on hold in 2009 due to the economy that you plan to implement post-recession?”

Their responses (multiple responses permitted) were:

  • 37%  Software or hardware upgrades                  
  • 16%  Virtualization                                         
  • 16%  Website design                                 
  • 12%  Internal collaboration/technology tools        
  • 11%  Cloud computing                                
  • 9%  Company-branded social media sites              
  • 1%  Other                                           

            “Software and hardware upgrades are necessary to support the evolving technology needs of organizations,” said Dave Willmer, executive director of Robert Half Technology. “Businesses recognize that delaying system upgrades and other investments for too long could prevent them from taking advantage of emerging technologies that provide a competitive advantage.”

            The plan to move forward with new technology initiatives is good news for IT job seekers, Willmer added. “As they initiate previously deferred projects, many companies will need to hire additional employees, on either a full-time or project basis, to install new systems, staff the help desk, provide network support or handle information security.”


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