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Gartner: IT Spending Outlook For 2009 May Not Be Too Grim
Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
by Greg Hughes
Analyst and research company Gartner revised its IT industry projection figures and —
as reported recently by ZDNet andreleased by Gartner — presented them during a
symposium keynote at the company’s big annual IT conference, which opened this
morning. In a nutshell, Gartner analyst Peter Sondergard says they still expect growth,
and that even in the very worst case, IT spending next year will fall about 2.5 percent.
 Gartner had expected budgets to grow 3.3 percent in 2009.
Now the most likely case is IT budget growth of 2.3 percent to 0 percent.
The worst case is that IT budgets will be down 2.5 percent.
Forrester Research also recently cut its projections for 2009 IT spending, but still ended
up with figures in positive growth territory. So, if the analysts are to be believed, the
business sector feeding products and services to IT should still see some growth.
The question is, where will that growth happen? My guess would be that one good place
to be doing business is anywhere products or services are commoditized and can be
outsourced, as well as in key technology areas like security and high availability.
Having successfully managed an IT organization at a “dot-com” company through a few
years of painful economic times early in this decade, I can say from experience that at the
time we had to cut overall IT spending dramatically to allow the company to survive. We
went quickly from buying lots of new computers and software and building out data
centers to buying practically nothing new for two full years. We renegotiated stacks of
contracts with vendors and major software suppliers, consolidated services, convinced
vendors to charge us less, and in the end prioritized every single project and said “no” a
As a result, we cut our multi-million dollar budget almost in half and — in combination
with other business changes — put ourselves in a position where we were just able to
weather the storm financially. It was painful and a bit scary at times, and we had to deal
with the side effects of substantial change. We had to get very creative in leveraging what
we already had and nothing more, but in the end we all learned a difficult yet necessary
lesson: You don’t have to spend, spend spend to survive, or even to thrive in some cases.
In fact, what we needed to do was just the opposite of the “spend” approach. We would
still spend where it made the most sense — but our decision-making process changed
dramatically. You have to shift where the money goes to maximize your dollar’s impact
in the specific environment, adapt to the rapid changes in the marketplace, and work with
your business partners and vendors to make it through to the other side. Smart vendors
and good partners know that doing whatever it takes to survive a storm together means a
better relationship when we all come out of the clouds.
Gartner has a list of ten things they say IT organizations need to consider when faced
with tough economic times. They are not easy or happy things. But I think they’re spoton. I’ve had to do all of these things when times were toughest.
Reduce headcount or freeze hiring
Renegotiate with technology and service providers
Curtail data center expansion, virtualize assets and lease them back
Consolidate systems
Outsource commodity
Offshore outsource
Investment shutdown
Prioritize projects
Mothball businesses and projects
Change leadership and restructure IT teams
What’s your IT plan? Are your budgets shrinking, or staying about the same? How would
you prepare for tight times ahead?