71 per cent of CIOs are increasing investment in IT for 2013

According to a recent research commissioned by Riverbed Technology, 71 per cent of CIOs expect to increase IT spending in 2013. The findings are the result of an independent research project regarding IT spending priorities across numerous industries in Europe.

Vanson Bourne, the market research company which managed the survey, questioned 400 CIOs across France, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Poland and the UK about their spending priorities over the next 12 months. Respondents were asked to pick their top five spending priorities over the next year with virtualisation and consolidation programmes coming out on top.

The EMEA top five investment priorities identified by the survey included:

Furthermore, the research highlighted the IT Spending Trends for EMEA CIOs: 10% of respondents plan to make aggressive investments to improve their company’s competitiveness while 28% of companies surveyed indicated that efficiency and cuts to overall spend are key drivers for the investments they will make in the next 12 months. The survey also found that 33% of the 400 CIOs will approach investment in IT ‘cautiously’ in 2013 in order to prepare their organisation for the challenges of the next decade. Moreover, only 9% of the total stated that IT budgets were shrinking and that they would be spending less over the next 12 months. Finally, the survey revealed that 20% of respondents believe that spend will maintain at the same level as the last three to five years.

“IT decision makers are clearly focusing on virtualisation and consolidation as affordable and reliable solutions to simplify the IT infrastructure even though it might be not enough. All efforts to centralise company data should be focused around a centralised data centre in order to achieve efficiency and cost savings” added Sonny Sehgal, Director at Transputec Computers.

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