Credit crunch suspends death sentence for legacy IT

Recession rewinds refreshes

Recession rewinds refreshes

Businesses are putting off technology upgrades as they look to save money during the economic downturn.

As IT budgets are being scaled back, infrastructure upgrades and software refresh projects are being delayed according to research by the National Computing Centre (NCC).

Nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of businesses surveyed by the NCC's Evaluation Centre said they will be postponing hardware upgrades, with the same proportion saying the same for software.

Meanwhile, almost a third (30 per cent) of respondents said they're looking to delay IT infrastructure upgrades.

Steve Fox, MD of the NCC Evaluation Centre, said the results of the survey confirm a trend of IT budgets coming under severe pressure, causing projects seen as non-essential or only affecting back office operations to be viewed as less of a priority.

Fox added that businesses are looking more at software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing as a result.

The research found SaaS is becoming popular with 30 per cent of companies saying they see it as important or very important.

Infrastructure services provided online - or cloud computing - are also stirring interest with 22 per cent of companies seeing it as important or very important for their future plans.

The survey took in responses from more than 100 companies across various sectors with turnover of between £5m and £5bn.