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CFO survey

1 - Market GrowthMarket Growth

67% of tech-vendor CFOs anticipate increased sales revenues in 2014, up from just over 50% last year.

2 - Rising Head CountRising Head Count

91% say the number of employees at their companies will increase or remain the same in the next year, up from 88% last year.

3 - Salary ProjectionSalary Projection

98% expect total compensation for workers to remain the same or increase in 2014.

4 - Staying PutStaying Put

95% do not anticipate offshoring their operations in coming years.

5 - Outbound TrafficOutbound Traffic

59% of vendors are outsourcing manufacturing and 54% are outsourcing R&D, while 41% are doing so with IT services and programming.

6 - M&A Activity ContinuesM&A Activity Continues

94% say M&A activity will increase or stay the same this year, about the same as last year.

7 - Hot CommoditiesHot Commodities

60% expect the competitive software/cloud computing sector to dominate most deal activity, while 24% feel the social-media sector will play a lead role.

8 - Top Drivers of M&A ActivityTop Drivers of M&A Activity

30% are pursuing M&As to boost revenue and profitability, 28% want to increase tech assets and intellectual property, and 18% seek to expand market share.

9 - Taxing IssueTaxing Issue

42% of tech vendors’ CFOs say the complex U.S. tax system hampers their ability to compete in the global marketplace.

10 - IRS/State StressIRS/State Stress

37% are concerned about domestic corporate tax rates, and 27% are troubled by aggressive state tax laws. Nearly 1 in 5 are concerned about the expiration of tax incentives.