NetMediaEurope, in partnership with Aastra, has just published its forecast for IT spending in 2012. Conducted between December 2011 and January 2012, the study is based on a panel of 240 IT managers from French companies with 100 to 5,000 employees.
In a difficult economic context, companies in the sector are proving cautious. Thus, a little more than 60% of them are moving towards maintaining their IT spending. Only nearly 20% of the companies surveyed expect an increase in investment, while almost the same share foresees a decrease in spending.
Among the technologies expected to increase spending the most in 2012 are:
- The thin client for workstation spending, especially in public sector and service companies.
- Hypervisors for spending on servers.
- Wifi and IP telephony for network expenses.
- Backup and archiving tools for storage expenses, especially in companies with 100 to 500 employees and the public sector.
- Data security for the expense of security.
- ERP (especially in industry) and collaborative (especially in services) for spending on applications.
On the other hand, a contraction in investment seems to threaten IT services and telephony. However, two areas could stand out:
- System developments / integration in the service sector.
- Smartphones for telephony, especially in companies with more than 500 employees and those in the public sector and services.