The overall IT industry business confidence index is at 60.2 (out of 100), up 2.1 points from last quarter.
51% of respondents said IT services will be profitable next year, and 41% said software will be profitable. Other promising IT categories for profitability will be telecom (34%) and hardware (21%).
41% of IT companies plan to increase investment in tech staffing for the year ahead, and only 15% anticipate tech staffing decreases.
40% intend to invest in new products/business lines, compared with just 10% who expect to this investment to decline.
40% anticipate spending more on tech, as opposed to 10% that intend to decrease tech spending.
45% say that the price sensitivities of customers may make them hesitant to spend, hurting growth projections.
35% indicate that government regulations could negatively affect IT channel sales in 2014.
31% say the IT industry overall is getting too squeezed by decreasing margins.
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