Over 60% large US IT cos expect better biz: Survey

Over 60% large US IT cos expect better biz: Survey

About 61 per cent of the large businesses and 60 per cent of medium enterprises surveyed anticipate better company performance in the second half of this year, says a report by technology solutions provider CDW Corporation.

According to the CDW IT Monitor, an indicator that tracks the momentum of the American IT sector, large businesses are those which employ more than 1,000 employees while medium-size companies employ about 100-999 people.

"Large and medium-size businesses are increasingly planning to invest in IT products and staff as confidence among IT decision makers begins returning to the corporate sector," the survey said.

The report noted that 83 per cent of medium-size businesses expect to purchase new software in the second half of 2009 and 28 per cent of large businesses anticipate to hire additional staff during the same period.

"Additionally, 52 per cent of federal IT decision makers anticipate budget increases in the next six months (second half of this year), an increase of 17 per cent since April and the largest leap in the government sector to date," it said.

Around 1,000 IT decision makers from businesses of all sizes and all sectors of government were surveyed online.

On the other hand, only 21 per cent of IT decision makers in small businesses and 17 per cent of those in the local government expect an increase in IT budgets in the coming months.

Small businesses are defined as those having up to 99 employees.

"This downturn has not followed the path of previous ones, making it more difficult to predict the shape of the recovery," the company's executive responsible for market insights Mark Gambill said.

"But IT confidence has held steady for nearly four months, and we are now beginning to see signs of a patchy turnaround with medium and large businesses anticipating future growth," Gambill added.

The research and analysis for the CDW IT Monitor is done by independent polling firm Richard Day Research of Evanston.

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