CIOs faced with budget cuts and tougher conditions this year appear to have made the most stringent cutbacks around hardware, which saw enterprise spending fall by 16.5 per cent year-on-year in 2009.
But as IT bosses shy away from replacing servers, printers and the like and extend refresh cycles for an extra year, they may be running the risk of equipment failures that could affect the business.
According to Gartner, it's an issue that CFOs need to be on top of - and as such, CIOs need to make sure they're explaining the matter in a way the CFO can grasp.
Hardware purchases will remain flat into 2010, according to Gartner. Not all IT sectors will remain static, however: as spending starts to recover in 2010, services and software will be the biggest winners, as spending increases by 4.5 per cent and 4.8 per cent respectively.