Balancing the budget is something that every department has to deal with. IT departments are facing a breadth of challenges that will have a major impact on the bottom line and staffing policies. For IT Principals, determining which innovation is needed and if new resources are required, can be a costly hurdle.
Spiceworks – an online community of IT professionals – released its State of SMB IT spending for the second half of 2012. The annual report looks at technology plans and purchase intents of companies and came away with some interesting factoids.
One of the more surprising aspects of the survey revolves around IT budgets and hiring practices. According to the report, annual budgets are on the rise and will reach an average of $162,000, which is up $10,000 from the planned tech spending from the first half of the year. It is also at the highest in the four year history of the report where the average IT spending was $108,000.
On top of that, companies with fewer team members are spending more on technology per employee. Organizations with less than 20 workers spending $1,900 on average per employee versus $700 per contributor for businesses with 250 or more employees.
While spending is increasing, the plans to add staff have decreased. Only 26 percent of respondents are going to increase their headcount. That is down from 30 percent at the beginning of the year and 5 percent lower than the all time high. This reduction is not cause for concern though, as 61 percent of respondents are staying pat and the remaining 4 percent will lower staff – a number that has not changed in the last three years.
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