The "Spring 2001 IT Survey" polled more than 300 executives across industry sectors about planned hardware, software and services purchases. Results were released at AH&H's annual Technology Services Conference on Monday.
Belt-tightening by large companies is the primary reason for shrinking IT budgets. In addition to watching the bottom line, these firms spent the most last year, and may need fewer upgrades.
Another area of growth is managed infrastructure services including data storage, collocation and security. While penetration remains low, the survey indicates there are two new buyers for every current user of managed hosting and enhanced management services.
"Outsourcing is a lower cost alternative and addresses a lack of technical workers," AH&H analyst Alex Arnold said.
Other notable survey findings show:
Editor's note: Colin Haley is managing editor of boston.internet.com.