Businesses expect to make significant cuts to their IT budgets during 2010 according to the National Computing Centre's (NCC) latest survey of IT infrastructure plans.
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The research, which was based on a survey of 100 companies and undertaken by NCC's Evaluation Centre, reported that 28% of those surveyed admitted they have had to undertake significant cost-cutting in their IT operations and a further 32% have had to make moderate cuts.
According to the NCC, many companies are delaying investment in their infrastructure, with 38% postponing hardware upgrades, 33% putting on hold software refreshes and 29% delaying upgrades to their network infrastructure.
Steve Fox, Evaluation Centre managing director, said, "The pressure will be on IT departments for some time to be prudent and save costs wherever possible while still trying to enhance service delivery."