A survey of CIOs by financial services giant UBS in February showed that the 2008 outlook for IT spending is surprisingly upbeat. This contradicts the dour outlook issued by Dell and Cisco recently and supports more upbeat reports from IBM, HP, and Sun.
Of the 100 CIOs who were surveyed, 46% were planning an increase in IT spending for 2008, with only 12% reporting a decline. Other highlights:
- HP is becoming the vendor of choice for CIOs in servers, desktops, notebooks and printers
- Servers are the biggest spending priority for 2008
- Demand for laptops will be solid, but desktop purchases will be down
- 63 percent of CIOs do not expect Vista to boost their hardware purchases
For more details on the UBS report, see the full write-up from my colleague Larry Dignan over at ZDNet.