Recession: CIOs need a spending plan by 1 July, says Gartner

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Recession: CIOs need a spending plan by 1 July, says Gartner

Cliff Saran

Forget the recession, IT directors and CIOs should ask the board for more money to invest in IT, according to analyst Gartner.

Gartner is urging IT directors to prepare a plan for future IT projects to support business growth by 1 July 2009. Waiting until the end of the recession is too late

Many organisations are reporting that their staff are working at close to full capacity. This demand level will almost certainly increase when businesses start detecting a resurgence in demand from customers, a more stable economic climate and a healthier lending environment from which to access credit, Gartner said.

"As these improvements translate into new IT project demands to help businesses identify new revenue and profit opportunities, companies will need a way to manage the already high project load with a new wave of projects," said Ken McGee, vice-president and Gartner fellow.

If there is modest recovery in 2010, Gartner said IT directors will need to take this into account when they put together their 2010 budget, which is usually prepared between August and the end of 2009.

McGee said. "Having a completed plan will enable the near-immediate allocation of funding and staffing for IT projects, thus avoiding the need to take weeks to devise a plan after senior executives mandate the need to support business growth initiatives."

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