Now that businesses are well into the New Year, IT companies have completed initial surveys related to their expected expenditures and areas of focus for their technology budgets for 2012. These surveys indicate that many U.S. businesses are expecting to grow their IT budgets this year, but the projected growth rate could best be characterized as cautious, with companies aware that the recent recession may still affect the business outlook in the nation.
Many of the survey results indicate renewed interest in a managed programs approach to IT governance, with companies indicating that a top priority for many is a migration over to Windows 7. In some ways, this development is to be expected. A large number of U.S. companies never migrated to Windows Vista due to perceptions that the product was ‘not ready for prime time’. Windows 7, similar in surface appearance to Vista, has been given a wide berth for the past two years as companies explore their options and decide if the return on investment will make a full migration worthwhile.
It now seems that many firms are deciding that question in the affirmative. For some, it is an acknowledgement that they are not yet completely ready to replace in-house infrastructure with a cloud-based approach to computing. Large migrations over to Windows 7, however, are likely to cause more businesses to decide in favor of a managed program model so that the workflow of regular employees is disrupted as little as possible during the migration itself.
A managed programs approach is also expected to be increasingly important to businesses who adopt tablet computers as a major resource for their workers.