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Ten-Year Trends in IT Spending and Outlook for 2006
This article examines long-term trends in IT spending, based on Computer Economics surveys of several thousand CIOs and senior IT managers in North America over the past 10 years. The long term trend for three key IT spending metrics are documented: IT budget as a percent of revenues, IT spending per employee, and the percentage change of IT budgets year over year. Bottom line: the post-Y2K bust and dot-com collapse in IT spending are now behind us, and IT spending ratios have returned to their long term trend lines. We use these trends to forecast these statistics for the coming year.
The Key Advantage of Open Source
An informal survey of visitors to the Computer Economics website indicates that, in using open source software, "reduced dependence on software vendors" is more important to buyers than low cost. An earlier version of this report first appeared as a free Research Byte on our website. Shortly after publication, the Research Byte was linked by Slashdot, and Computer Economics was deluged by over 50,000 hits in one day. This report includes material originally presented in the earlier Research Byte, along with additional insights gained from the resulting feedback.
Data Center Recovery Site Planning: Geographic Considerations
The U.S. federal government and private industry have developed new guidelines that can be helpful in deciding the optimal distance between the data center and its recovery site. Based on various studies conducted over the past few years, it is clear that the placement of a recovery site too far away from the main data center can be as much of a problem as placing it too close. This research report provides recommendations for the optimal distance, based on U.S. Federal Government guidelines, industry best practices, and the need to balance risk with speed of recovery. (5 pp. with footnotes of sources.)[Executive Summary]