Research 2014 IT Budget Outlook

Nov 22, 2013


Research 2014 IT Budget Outlook 

All 289 respondents to our 2014 IT Budget survey are involved in approving, defining, managing, or providing input into their organizations’ IT budget. While the percentage reporting business units with tech budgets outside IT’s purview is down seven points from last year, and overall tech spending edged up slightly, challenges remain.

> 54% say contractors comprise less than 10% of their IT staffs; 30% have no non-W2 workers. 

> 39% outsource less than 20% of such ops as application development or helpdesk, the same as last year. The use of outsourced operations is holding steady.

> 32% say 10% or more of the total organizational operating budget is spent on IT, up from 30% last year. Top business unit expenditures: Commodity gear like printers, at 44%, and cloud, at 39% — that’s up from 28% last year.

> 28% will see increases of 5% or more for 2014; 33% will stay flat.

> 25% say IT gets involved in this spending only when invited to do so by business units.

> 58% will charge back to business units 40% or more of the IT budget; 20% have chargeback rates of 80% or more. And, 32% say immediate chargebacks make business units somewhat or far more likely to use IT services. 

In this report we discuss how to cope with changes in the budgeting landscape and partner more effectively with business units. 

Respondent breakdown: 30% have 5,000 or more employees; 22% are over 10,000. ­Financial services, healthcare, and government are well represented, and 58% are IT ­director/manager or IT executive management (C-level/VP) level. (R7491113)


Survey Name   InformationWeek 2014 IT Budget Survey

Survey Date   October 2013

Region   North America

Number of Respondents    289 at organizations with 50 or more employees

Purpose   To determine practices, perceptions and procedures surrounding IT budgeting in enterprise environments.

Methodology   InformationWeek surveyed business technology decision-makers at North American organizations with 50 or more employees. 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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