IT Spending Expected to Rise in 2014

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Managed services get a fair share of 2014 IT budgets.

  • Of the IT professionals who plan to purchase managed services in 2014, 53 percent said they would purchase connectivity/bandwidth services, 49 percent cited storage/backup/archiving services, and 47 percent said they would purchase a hosting service.
  • Among those planning to purchase a managed service, IT professionals will spend an average of 17 percent of their managed services budget on storage/backup/archiving services. Of those, 36 percent will invest in a new storage/backup/archiving service this year.

Spiceworks, the vertical network for IT, recently announced the results of a new survey examining the 2014 spending priorities of IT professionals in North America as well as their view on growth within their organizations. On average, IT professionals surveyed plan to invest more than $300,000 on IT products and services this year, and 79 percent said their 2014 IT budgets would increase or remain the same over last year. Respondents are also optimistic about the prospects for growth within their companies. Fifty-seven percent of those surveyed expect their organizations' revenues to increase and 45 percent expect company headcount to rise.

"Improvements in the North American economy coupled with aging application and hardware infrastructures, such as Windows XP-based environments, are driving IT spending this year," said Kathryn Pribish, voice of IT program manager at Spiceworks. "IT professionals are cautiously optimistic and are investing in the technologies that will drive their organizations forward and make employees more productive."

The "2014 State of IT Budget Report" found that IT professionals plan to spend 44 percent of their 2014 IT budget on hardware solutions, 31 percent on software products, and 14 and 11 percent on hosted/cloud-based and managed services, respectively.

 

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