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CIOs express surprising optimism about 2008 IT spending -- Poll: What do you think?

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.

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.

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5 comments
jasonhiner
jasonhiner

That is, 2008 compared to 2007. There are some contradicting reports about this right now, and contradictory indicators from different vendors. IBM and HP are more bullish, while Cisco and Dell are more pessimistic. Overall, it looks like things may not be too bad, according to the new UBS report. A struggling economy could provide an opportunity for companies to look at using technology to streamline operations and save money. Take the poll: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=604

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

IT has been threadbare since 2001. I doubt if we'll be hit all that hard, if at all.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

Is that what you're saying? Companies in your area are down to the absolute minimum?

lanningr
lanningr

If you can, put a link out to where we can read these reports. Is it free information or the other kind? Thanks!

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