Strategy: Outlook 2010
See you, 2009. Can’t say that we’ll miss you.
The results of InformationWeek Analytics’ Outlook 2010 survey, where we asked 360 business technology pros about their plans for the year ahead, don’t make you want to break out the party hats and blowers. But there are some signs that IT spending will at least level off and that customer-facing and sales-supporting projects will be on the rise. Compare that to last summer, when we heard a lot about cost-cutting infrastructure projects and renegotiations with vendors but not a lot about IT initiatives that drive growth.
In terms of emerging technology, cloud computing’s momentum is real, as markedly more IT pros are considering it than they were a year ago. Data center innovation remains a high priority. Despite some optimism, the IT hiring outlook remains weak, and if there’s budget cutting ahead, IT will take its share of the lumps.