Over the next six months, IT industry executives expect further strengthening of the U.S. economy, the IT industry and their companies. The group forecasts an additional 6.5 point increase in confidence, moving the rating into a solidly positive range on the 100-point scale.
"Many macro-economic indicators have improved over the past six months, lending factual support to the positive perceptions of IT executives," said Tim Herbert, vice president, research at CompTIA, in a statement. "Yet some big unknowns still loom, such as unemployment, the impact of public sector debt and the tight lending and credit market. Until these factors start to turn around, exuberance about an economic recovery will rightfully be tempered."
Among other positive findings from the December survey, 34% of IT executives said they intend to increase capital expenditures in the next six months, compared to 24% in September. On the employment front, 31% of IT executives plan to increase staffing, up from 24% in the September survey.
IT industry executives predict the global IT spending growth rate will be in the 2% to 4% range in 2010, with the U.S. market trailing slightly. Executives are most bullish on IT services, which they predict will grow 2.5% to 5.5% percent in 2010. When asked about 2010 market opportunities, IT executives are most interested in:
Executives surveyed also identified several macro level trends to watch in 2010:
CompTIA's IT Industry Business Confidence Index is an aggregation of three metrics: opinions of the U.S. economy, opinions of the IT industry, and opinions of one's company. The survey was conducted in mid-December among a sample of more than 300 U.S.-based IT companies, including IT solution providers, value-added resellers, hardware and software firms and others.
The full report is available at no cost to CompTIA members at www.CompTIA.org.