Gartner EXP Worldwide Survey of Nearly 1,600 CIOs Shows IT Budgets in 2010 to be at 2005 Levels

CIOs Plan on Same Budgets as 2005, but Technology Priorities Show Significant Change in 2010 as the Transition from Recession to Recovery Gets Underway / EMEA IT Budgets in 2010 to Decline 1.9 Per Cent with UK Showing Greatest Decline

STAMFORD, Conn., (PresseBox) - IT budgets will essentially be flat in 2010, increasing by a weighted global average of 1.3 per cent in nominal terms, compared with 2009 levels where IT budgets declined 8.1 per cent, according to results from the 2010 CIO survey by Gartner Executive Programs (EXP). 2009 was the most challenging year for IT since the survey began in 1999, and CIOs had faced multiple budget cuts wiping away four years of budget increases, giving CIOs basically the same level of resources as they had in 2005. While there are some signs of recovery in the 2010 projections, these will not overcome last year's cuts.

The worldwide CIO survey was conducted by Gartner EXP from September to December 2009 and represents CIO budget plans reported at that time. The Gartner EXP CIO report "Leading in Times of Transition: The 2010 CIO Agenda" represents the most comprehensive examination of business priorities and CIO strategies. The survey includes responses from 1,586 CIOs representing more than $126 billion in corporate and publicsector IT spending across 41 countries and 27 industries.

"2009 was the most challenging year for CIOs in the corporate and public sectors as they faced multiple budget cuts, delayed spending and increased demand for services with reduced resources," said Mark McDonald, group vice president and head of research for Gartner EXP. "This is set to change in 2010, as the economy transitions from recession to recovery and organisations transition their strategies from costcutting efficiency to valuecreating productivity."

Mr McDonald said that while technologies are transitioning from "heavy" owneroperated solutions to "lighterweight" services, CIOs are, in turn, transitioning IT beyond merely managing resources to taking responsibility for managing results.

"Transition gives the enterprise and IT the opportunity to reposition themselves and exploit the tough corrective actions taken during the recession," he said. "CIOs see 2010 as an opportunity to accelerate IT's transition from a support function to strategic contributor focused on innovation and competitive advantage. They have aspired to this shift for years, but economic, strategic and technological changes have only recently made it feasible."

Gartner EXP's CIO survey findings show that, in the near term, business expectations and CIO strategies appear stable, with a continued focus on business process improvement, cost reduction and analytics (see Table 1).

In Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), IT budgets in 2010 will show a decline of 1.9 per cent from last year. Overall, 534 organisations were surveyed representing more than $41 billion in corporate and publicsector IT spending. Across EMEA, the UK exhibited the greatest decline at 3.22 per cent. "Although only a quarter of European CIOs expect their IT budgets to decline, the weighted average 1.9 per cent drop reflects expectations of ongoing economic challenges in Europe," said Dave Aron, vice president of CIO research at Gartner.

Strategic Technologies Support More Collaborative and Innovative Capabilities

Business expectations are shifting from a focus on greater costbased efficiencies, to achieving better results based on enterprise and IT productivity. These productivity gains will come from collaborative and innovative solutions that take advantage of the new "lighterweight" servicesbased and social media technologies, including virtualisation, cloud computing and Web 2.0 social computing. This transition can be seen in the top ten technology priorities for CIOs in 2010 where business intelligence, the No. 1 technology the past five years, dropped to the No. 5 priority.

These strategic, "lighterweight" technologies are of increasing importance to the CIO. Exploiting them provides the cost, capacity and capability gains needed to define, source, create and deploy information- and processintensive solutions that will reshape IT and its future role.

Moreover, the technologies that CIOs are prioritising in 2010 are technologies that can be implemented quickly and without significant upfront expense, instead of investing millions of dollars to get millions in benefits, with these technologies, up front investments are measured in thousands of dollars to get those same benefits.

"These technologies, implemented properly, create the opportunity for IT to change its role and the operational performance of the organisation," said Mr McDonald. "Asymmetric technologies like virtualisation, cloud and Web 2.0 enable companies to get out from under a frontloaded heavy investment model that limits IT's agility and flexibility."

"While organisations will transition at different rates and times, every CIO faces the need to raise productivity, create new capabilities and use the recovery to drive fundamentals of the current agenda and the repositioning of IT," Mr McDonald said. "Such transitions will not happen overnight but they will start with the decisions and directions established in 2010."

This year's survey collected data in the middle of the economic changes in the fourth quarter of 2009. As such, it provides a snapshot of CIO plans, priorities and budgets for 2010 as they stood at the end of the fourth quarter of 2009. They represent Gartner's best current indication of CIO plans at this time.

Gartner UK Ltd

Gartner Executive Programs (EXP) is a membershipbased organization of more than 3,700 CIOs worldwide. Members benefit from the convenience of a single source of knowledge, onetoone counsel, personalized service, the shared knowledge of the world's largest community of CIOs, and the assurance of Gartner objectivity and insight. Additional information about Gartner EXP can be found on the Gartner Web site at www.gartner.com/exp.

About Gartner

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers the technologyrelated insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in hightech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is the indispensable partner to 60,000 clients in 10,000 distinct organizations. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has 4,000 associates, including 1,200 research analysts and consultants in 80 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com.

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