Many C-level executives are preparing for a recession, study finds

According to an IDC survey, many high-ranking executives are bracing for a recession and are looking to tech to combat economic downturn.
Written by Jada Jones, Associate Editor
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In a new International Data Corporation (IDC) study surveying almost 900 C-suite level executives, 59% expect a recession to occur in the next year. As a result, executives around the world plan to invest more money in their company's technology.

Of the 59% of respondents sure of an oncoming recession, almost 30% believe we are already experiencing a recession, and 26% expect a recession to begin as early as the end of this year.

Respondents are C-suite executives from all over the world, and although their sentiments on an impending recession are similar, depending on geographic location, their responses slightly differ. 

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Executives from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East have strong opinions on the matter: three-quarters of these respondents believe a recession is on its way as early as the end of this year, while the rest don't see a recession happening until early 2023. By comparison, almost half of North American executives feel a recession is already here, while 44% of Asian executives think a recession will occur later this year.

Overall, about two-thirds of respondents think a recession will stick around for a year or longer, and a large majority of European, Asian, Middle Eastern, and African executives share this belief. However, 60% of North American executives expect the recession to only last two or three quarters.

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Almost two-thirds of European, African, and Middle Eastern executives plan to expand their IT budgets and programs in preparation for a recession, compared to one-fourth of North American and Asian executives.

Increasing IT budgets brings good news to tech workers, who aren't seeing the same industry slowdowns expected before a recession. Software developers, programmers, and engineers are in high demand as companies are looking to strengthen and expand their digital infrastructures

Increasing IT budgets is likely attributed to the success companies with digital business models experienced in 2020 when the pandemic weighed on the global economy. 

"Investing in technology before an economic downturn can help uncover inefficiencies in processes and increase business agility, preparing an organization to handle new risks in the market," said Teodora Siman, research manager, C-Suite Tech Agenda at IDC, in a press release.

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