Ten-Year Trends in IT Spending and Outlook for 2007

January, 2007


This article examines long-term trends in IT spending, combining U.S. economic statistics with proprietary data collected from Computer Economics surveys of several thousand CIOs and senior IT managers in North America over the past 10 years. Long-term trends are analyzed for U.S. GDP growth, growth in U.S. private investment in IT, growth of IT investments by type, IT investment pricing changes by type, IT operational budget as a percent of corporate revenues, IT spending per employee, the percentage of organizations increasing IT budgets, and the percentage change in IT budgets. We use these trends to forecast key IT spending statistics for the coming year. (7 pp., 8 figs.)
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