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2012 IT budgets, salaries on the rise, survey says

Carolyn Duffy Marsan | Oct. 5, 2011
IT budgets, salaries and staff turnover rates have returned to pre-recessionary levels, according to a new survey conducted by the Society of Information Management (SIM) that indicates increasing optimism among CIOs and IT executives nationwide.

One surprise finding was that CIOs are not planning to allocate a significant amount of their IT budgets to internal or external cloud computing services. Although cloud computing was listed as one of the top applications that CIOs are investing in during 2011, they are spending only a tiny amount of money in this area: an average of 6% of their 2011 IT budgets on internal cloud projects and 5% on external cloud efforts.

"The investment numbers for cloud computing are less than what the hype would suggest," Luftman said. "People are still trying to understand cloud computing and figure it out, and they are recognizing that it is not an inexpensive migration. Today may not be the best time to invest in cloud, although people are paying attention to it."

Luftman said the overall findings of the SIM survey are that IT is a good place to be in the enterprise and that it's getting better.

"IT is very dynamic," Luftman said. "There are new infrastructure technologies available, including cloud computing and virtualization. There are new applications and services. There are the push toward business intelligence, the consumerization of IT and social networking. This is all going on at the same time, which makes for a very, very interesting time period."


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