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Poll: Will your 2011 IT budget be bigger, smaller, or the same?

Many IT departments are doing a hardware refresh while others invest in virtualization. What does your 2011 IT budget look like and where is the money being spent? Take the poll and join the discussion

Many IT departments are in the midst of a major hardware upgrade cycle, replacing machines that have been long overdue for a refresh. Other companies are virtualizing a lot of their backend infrastructure or looking to transition some of their business apps to the cloud. With these developments powering a lot of the IT spending, it's time for us to do our annual poll asking TechRepublic members what their 2011 IT budgets look like.

Take the poll and then jump into the discussion to tell us where your IT department is investing the most in 2011.

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12 comments
aestech1
aestech1

Replacing and updating software and hardware mainly.

dayen
dayen

I want to know were they are getting the money for a 3 fold increase we are like on hold, all projects dead stop only fix what is critical budget going down new servers ?? you want it when let plan for 2050 update

mugipw
mugipw

We decide to replace the old laptops, because mostly are more than 5 years old, even the one that I use for typing this comment is a 6 years old Pentium M laptop. We won't choose some high end gadgets, anything with Core i3 is lot better than Pentium M.

scratch4653
scratch4653

Bigger, we took out $515M in cost out last two years, op ex is suffering, 99.39% YTD up time, goal was 99.5%. We expected this drop.

Sawyer7271
Sawyer7271

The question should be: Will your 2011 budget exceed your 2009 budget? That answer is NO. Budget in 2011 will exceed 2010 with investments in PC replacements (3 years behind) and new technologies. (Win7 64 bit, Virtualization, mobile technologies plus major software deployments in ERP)

carlsf
carlsf

At Cloud, more consertive systems, as we will not require the overhead of Microsoft bloated O/S and Applications. NO more WIN7 and Office 2007/10 hate the interfaces/ribbon as it stands. Linux O/S and OO for the suite if required on a system, and GOOGLE CLOUD are looking good, and very COST EFFECTIVE.

bsharpe37
bsharpe37

Honestly, due to budget cuts we have to move our environment from Exchange 2003 to Google Apps. because we are a 501 C non-profit/Education we got Google Apps for free. This means in when our licensees expire for exchange server Spam blocking or security we dont have to pay. Also We were able to completly shutdown the exchange server. No long waits for backups and any user management. So Pluses: = Cost very cost effective and time saving. Reduced around 80 work hours for our IT. Negatives: Can't seem to get it to Sync password with our Active directory environment. In all Saves us around $4000 a year with a small environment. ( 100 machines )

SSieverding
SSieverding

Since our government department consolidated with two others, our IT budget just got 3 times larger for 2011

Jaytmoon
Jaytmoon

MY IT budget resembles a 3rd grader's allowance. Hey times are tough! So my final answer is, NO!