Companies with turnovers in excess of $1bn will be spending less on IT next year than they predicted six months ago, according to a report by industry analysts Gartner.
Large organisations said in a Gartner survey in the first half of 2006 that they would increase IT spending by six per cent in 2007, but this figure has been cut to 2.8 per cent in Gartner's most recent survey.
A number of factors have combined to force enterprises to lower their IT spending forecasts, according to Jed Rubin, director of Gartner Consulting.
"Looking back at the distribution of spending in 2006, enterprises spent more to support core business operations," he said.
"This includes spending to support increasingly complex infrastructure and applications requirements, rising energy costs, regulatory requirements and other non-discretionary spending to keep the business running.
"This increased 'run the business' spending has consumed budget resources that were originally earmarked for more strategic and transformational investment. IT leaders are now planning to optimise their spending in these areas in the year to come."
However, the research shows a large disparity in spending forecasts by sector. For example, media companies expect to increase IT outlay by nearly seven per cent in 2007, whereas the consumer sector anticipates a decline of nearly six per cent.
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