Research: 2012 IT Spending Priorities Survey

May 03, 2012


Research: 2012 IT Spending Priorities Survey

How do you feel about your team’s project portfolio? Enthusiastic? Will some initiatives save the company money along the way? How about all of them? 

Maybe it’s just the relief of budgets finally being on the rise, but when it comes to budgeting and setting expectations, IT managers are a band of wild-eyed optimists. At least that’s the overarching finding of our 2012 IT Spending Priorities Survey, where 453 business technology pros answered questions on their project portfolio and funding methodologies. 

IT teams need to temper their excitement and strike a smart balance between ­innovation and maintenance and between technical and business priorities. ­Consider the spread between security and social media. Clearly, we must spend on both, yet security remains No. 1 on our respondents’ list of priorities, with enterprise social media dead last—or in the case of Facebook or Twitter integration, not ­mentioned at all. And we’re focused on operational concerns to the exclusion of transformative technologies. That’s no way to get your business ahead. Even if you need to bundle disruptive tech into larger business projects, get it on the docket. Here’s how to bring a dose of reality to the budgeting process. (R4630512)

Survey Name InformationWeek 2012 IT Spending Priorities Survey

Survey Date March 2012

Region North America

Number of Respondents 453

Purpose To gauge IT project prioritization in the enterprise in 2012 and determine
funding strategies for these projects.

InformationWeek surveyed business technology decision-makers at North American companies. The survey was conducted online, and respondents were ­recruited via an email invitation containing an embedded link to the survey. The email ­invitation was sent to qualified InformationWeek subscribers.

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