II. Software Spending
Software spending will increase seven per cent, with focus on security, business intelligence and electronic content management.Trends that surveyed CIOs outlined included:

  • Standardizing on larger vendors to reduce cost and minimize risk.
  • Business intelligence (BI), enterprise content management (ECM) and security software are the top spending priorities.
  • 15 per cent of respondents plan to increase BI spending more than five per cent.
  • 12 per cent of respondents plan to increase ECM spending more than five per cent.
  • 17 per cent of respondents plan to increase customer relationship management (CRM) spending more than 10 per cent.

Security Software

  • 70 per cent of respondents plan to increase spending on security software.
  • 40 per cent of respondents plan to increase spending by five per cent or more.

Infrastructure Software

  • 48 per cent of respondents are planning to increase spending on databases.
  • 39 per cent of respondents are planning to increase enterprise resource planning (ERP) spending.
  • ILM (Information Lifecycle Management, or storage/retention strategies based on information value) spending appears stable, as customers focus on integration and optimization of existing storage and retention processes.

Application Integration and Application Development Software

  • 68 per cent of respondents are planning to increase spending on application development.
  • 67 per cent of respondents are planning to increase spending on application integration.
  • 45 per cent of respondents plan spending increases in IT service support and management

Operating Systems

  • Microsoft and Linux dominate operating systems spending, chosen by 33 per cent of respondents planning spending increases.

On-Demand Software

  • More than 60 per cent of respondents plan to increase spending on Web conferencing.
  • 46 per cent of respondents plan to spend more on HR/payroll and sales force automation software.
  • On-demand enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and Web analytics are receiving the smallest investment.

Open-Source Software

  • More than 60 per cent of respondents plan to increase spending on Linux.
  • Firefox (Mozilla) browsers do not have much support but are free
  • 50 per cent of respondents intend to increase Apache (open source Web server) spending.
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