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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: