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The latest edition of the CDW IT monitor, a monthly report on IT
spending trends and confidence, finds organizations are pulling together
capital investment plans – but not anticipating hiring to go along with them.
"The confidence we
began to see emerging in April with decreases in planned job cuts has now
evolved into planned capital investments in IT infrastructure to increase
efficiency and productivity," said Mark Gambill, the company’s executive
responsible for market insights. "Hardware refresh cycles have been pushed to
limits we’ve rarely seen, and anticipated investment in this area is
encouraging as companies prepare for a larger economic recovery. The down side
is that the percentage of organizations planning investments in IT staffing has
held steady and in some cases has declined."
While more than two thirds of the 1,043 IT buyers surveyed plan to
make hardware purchases in the next six months, 80 percent have no plans
to add additional staff. There’s one glimmer of hope: Twelve percent will hire
more workers in the next six months. But couple that with the 8 percent who may cut staff, and you’re left with a net 4 percent gain. Not great.
— Don Willmott