IT budgets are on the rise, with mobility and web apps and aligning IT with business growth top priorities, according to ZDNet and TechRepublic's inaugural IT Priorities 2012 report.
The report found that more than twice as many organizations report increased IT budgets in 2011 as report budget decreases. Some 38.7 percent of organizations say their IT budgets have increased, while just 16.7 percent report lower budgets, and 44.6 percent say their budgets year- on-year were flat. More than 20 percent of organizations report budget increases of more than 10 percent.
The top three IT priorities are improving business process and efficiency (a “top priority” or “major priority” for 69.1% of businesses), aligning IT priorities with business growth (61.1%) and increasing overall productivity with new technologies (59.5%), according to ZDNet.
The larger the business, the more focused they are on lowering IT infrastructure costs. Government organizations are far more intent on cutting overall IT costs (70 percent) than others, the report found.
Mobility and Web apps are a high priority for many IT buyers. There will be a strong focus in 2012 and 2013 on projects to introduce mobile applications, but over the next year web applications have priority.