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New surveys point to IT spending staying level next year, but dollars will be devoted to technologies and intiatives that save money, according to new CDW research.

IT decision makers at U.S. corporations believe 2009 company performance will be better than 2008.


That's according to new forecasting trend information gleaned from the most recent CDW IT Monitor poll of more than 1,000 IT decision makers.


Now a year into its CDW IT Monitor survey of IT decision maker sentiment, the survey can offer year-over-year data and forecasting trend information.

If the relative optimism expressed by respondents about 2009 compared to 2008 is surprising, keep in mind it may be a function of when the survey was conducted -- between Sept. 15 and Sept. 22, just before the Dow Jones Industrial Average sunk 777 points on Sept. 29. And that date marked just the beginning of the roller coaster it has taken the global economy on during the months of October and November.

Forty-one percent of IT decision makers said their biggest priority for 2009 would be cost management, but 32 percent said investment in new products and technologies was a top priority, an increase of 5 percent from 2008.


Other data points include the following:

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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