Networking and security step up in Feb IT priorities rankings

Summary:Below is a summary of the latest findings from our monthly IT Priorities survey: •Software infrastructure remains the top initiative: Software infrastructure projects averaged 23% of IT spending in the last 12 months, but spending is expected to dip to 19% in the following year. Current spending on ERP projects averaged 28% of enterprise software spending, directory services projects are 14%, with CRM solutions at 11% in the last 12 months.

Below is a summary of the latest findings from our monthly IT Priorities survey:

Software infrastructure remains the top initiative: Software infrastructure projects averaged 23% of IT spending in the last 12 months, but spending is expected to dip to 19% in the following year. Current spending on ERP projects averaged 28% of enterprise software spending, directory services projects are 14%, with CRM solutions at 11% in the last 12 months. Spending for ERP solutions is expected to dip to an average of 25% over the next 12 months, with directory services spending to increase to an average of 18% for the coming year, and CRM spending is expected rise slightly to 13% of enterprise software spending.

Hardware holds steady at no. 2: Hardware upgrades averaged about 18% of total spending last year and is expected to keep the same level throughout 2006. Server projects averaged 45% of hardware spending in the last 12 months, with 21% of spending on storage projects for the same time frame. Average spending for server solutions is expected to remain steady at 45%  over the next 12 months, while spending on storage projects is expected to rise to an average of 26% for the coming year.

Wired and wireless was no. 4 last month, now no. 3: Wired & wireless networking solutions averaged about 16% of total spending, and are expected to increase to an average of 21% over the next year. VoIP, the most cited project in the category, averaged 29% of networking spending in the last 12 months.  Investment in other networking technologies (LAN/Routers, RFID, etc.) averaged one fourth of spending on networking solutions. Spending for VoIP solutions is expected to increase slightly over the next 12 months, reaching an average of 30% for the coming year, while other networking technologies are expected to decrease to 20%.

IT management was no. 3 in January, now no. 4: Spending on IT managment solutions averaged about 13% of total spending last year and is expected to dip down to 10% over the next 12 months.

Security jumped from no. 7 last month to no. 5 this month: Initiatives to counter cyberthreats averaged 31% of security spending in the last 12 months; authentication/encryption spending over the last 12 months averaged 19% of security spending. Spending for cyberthreat solutions is expected to decrease over the next 12 months, reaching an average of 20%, while authentication/encryption spending is expected to increase to an average of 26% of security spending for the coming year.

• Web Technology remains unchanged: Spending on Web technology soutions such as portals and ecommerce platforms averaged about 7% of total spending last year and is expected to increase to 9% over the next 12 months.

• Data management dropped from no. 5 to no. 7: Spending on data management solutions averaged about 6% of total spending last year and is expected to largely remain unchanged inthe next year.

• OS migration moved up a spot from no. 9 last month to no. 8 this month: Spending on migrating operating systems accounted for about about 7% of total spending last year and is expected to dip  to 6% over the next 12 months.

• App development & integration is now number 9:Spending on application development and integration tools averaged about 3% of total spending last year and is expected to remainn at current levels over the next year.

Topics: Security

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Natalie Gagliordi is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in Louisville, Kentucky, covering business technology for ZDNet. She previously worked as the editor of Kiosk Marketplace, an online B2B trade publication that focused on interactive self-service technology, while also contributing to additional websites that covered retail tec... Full Bio

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