Hardware, platform spending to rise

Senior IT executives plan to boost their spending on hardware and platforms over the next two years, according to a recent nationwide survey.

The enterprise computing survey of 100 CIOs and senior IT managers conducted in April by Northstar Research Partners, on behalf of Intel Corp., found that a majority of enterprises surveyed planned to invest in new servers or operating systems over the next 18 to 24 months.

The results showed that 71 per cent of respondents plan to invest in new servers, while 36 per cent expect their spending to increase on server platforms over previous years. More than three-quarters of those surveyed said they plan to invest in new operating systems, and 44 per cent anticipate spending more on operating systems than in previous years.

However, Dave Fraser said he would have to disagree if the findings include his company’s clientele, namely large enterprises. The Toronto-based vice-president of marketing and sales operation for EDS Canada describes projected Canadian IT spending as “relatively flat.”

“When we talk to a president we see spending in terms of infrastructure and technology relatively flat except for those areas that really meet the key ROI criteria,” Fraser said.