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Dec 15, 2010

IT Decision Makers: All I Want For 2011 Is A New Computer

IT Decision Makers: All I Want For 2011 Is A New Computer
  • Almost half (46 percent) of IT decision makers say IT investment will be a top priority for their organization in 2011.
  • More than half of IT decision makers (55 percent) identify PCs as the top priority for IT investment.
  • Thirty-four percent of IT decision makers cite mobility solutions as a top IT spending priority in 2011.
  • VERNON HILLS, Ill. – December 15, 2010 – After a cautious 2010, a new survey of IT decision makers suggests a renewed commitment to technology investment is on the horizon as more organizations begin to address their strategic technology needs that were sidelined during the long economic downturn.

    According to the fourth annual Year-in-Review survey from CDW, 46 percent of IT decision makers say IT investment is a top spending priority for their organizations in 2011. In the previous year’s survey, only 36 percent expected technology improvements to be a top business priority for 2010. In fact, in this year’s survey, for 31 percent of IT decision makers across corporate and government sectors, the focus on IT investment is a new priority for their organizations.

    When asked about the types of investments their organizations are planning to make in 2011, more than half (55 percent) of overall IT decision makers say they will be purchasing new PCs. Solutions that deliver greater efficiency also factor highly on the list, including mobility and virtualization (34 percent and 32 percent, respectively).

    “After seeing a delay in refresh cycles during the recession, IT decision makers across the board are evaluating current technologies and planning to invest in areas that will bring value to their organization,” said Thomas E. Richards, president and COO, CDW. “Solutions like virtualization, which reduces operational costs and helps to eliminate downtime, also will play a stronger role in demonstrating the growing business value of IT.”

    In the public sector, security solutions rank highly on the list of planned IT investments in 2011. Seventy percent of IT decision makers at federal government organizations and 59 percent of those in state government organizations cite security as a top spending priority in the new year.

    “As more government organizations launch pilot programs that employ solutions such as cloud computing and virtualization, cyber security will naturally be top of mind,” added Richards.

    For more information about the attitudes of IT decision makers in 2010 and 2011, please visit

    Other key findings from CDW’s Year-in-Review survey:

    Forecast for IT Investment as a Top Priority for Their Organizations
    Overall Overall Corporate Overall Government
    IT decision makers who expect IT investment to be a top priority in 2011 46% 47% 33%
    Respondents who believe IT investment will always be a top priority 56% 56% 46%
    Respondents who believe IT investment will be a top priority for at least five years, and then be less 32% 32% 32%
    Respondents who believe IT investment will be a top priority for less than five years 9% 9% 14%


    About the CDW IT Monitor
    The CDW IT Monitor was created by CDW and research and analysis is conducted by independent polling firm Richard Day Research of Evanston, Ill. Decision makers are invited from two large national panels of IT decision makers built and maintained by E-Rewards and Survey Sampling International. Data reported in this release are based on a survey of 1,079 IT decision makers conducted between October 1 and October 8, 2010.

    At the center of the CDW IT Monitor is an index number, which registered an initial benchmark reading of 69 in December 2007. Results are calculated on a scale of 0-100, with 100 indicating the highest level of confidence. Future readings of the CDW IT Monitor will continue to yield comparisons to previous scores, allowing for an interpretation of the direction of sentiment in the IT marketplace.

    Data are weighted to ensure that CDW IT Monitor calculations closely represent the overall population of corporate and government employers in terms of size, based on the number of employees. Corporate data are weighted according to U.S. Economic Census data, and government data are weighted according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual survey of government employment. The margin of sampling error for a survey based on this many interviews is approximately ±4 percentage points for the business sector, and ±6 percentage points for government.

    About CDW
    CDW is a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government, education and healthcare. Ranked No. 38 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies, CDW features dedicated account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and services to meet their needs. The company’s technology specialists offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. Areas of focus include notebooks, desktops, printers, servers and storage, unified communications, security, wireless, power and cooling, networking, software licensing and mobility solutions. CDW was founded in 1984 and employs more than 6,200 coworkers. In 2009, the company generated sales of approximately $7.2 billion. For more information, visit