The surveys were developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of information technology (IT) professionals on a project and full-time basis. They were conducted by an independent research firm and are based on interviews with more than 1,400 CIOs from companies across the United States with 100 employees or more.
CIOs were asked, "What is the ratio of internal end-users to technical support employees at your company?"
CIOs also were asked, "What would be the ideal ratio of internal end-users to technical support employees at your company?"
The mean response was 65:1.
Small firms (100-249 employees) were farthest from their ideal technical support ratio, the results show, while midsized companies (250-499 employees) were closest.
"As companies implement upgrades and invest in new technology, it becomes more challenging for technical support professionals to keep pace with end-user demands," said John Reed, executive director. "Unfortunately, the time employees spend waiting for technical help can result in lost productivity."