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IT budgets to rise in 2013, according to report

Business advisory firm CEB has predicted that IT budgets will rise by 2 per cent in 2013. The estimate is based on information gathered from a sample of chief information officers across Europe, reports Computer Weekly.

The CEB survey, which incorporated 180 companies with a combined IT allocation of £32 billion, found that operational spending will assume the largest proportion of IT spend, likely because IT departments have resumed projects that were previously halted due to the recession.

According to the research, the top 20 per cent of IT-spending businesses will allocate 66 per cent of their budgets to collaborative projects and information management, as IT departments have begun to move away from automation.

“CIOs recognise that the nature of work is changing and in this new environment there is a huge opportunity for IT to drive employee productivity,” said Andrew Horne, managing director of CEB.

“These investments suggest that the days of IT project queues filled with process automation are over. The best companies are laser-focused on equipping employees with the tools they need to more effectively contribute to the bottom line,” he added.

The survey also forecasts a 2 per cent rise in spending on cloud services, up to 7 per cent from 5, with three-fourths of IT organisations planning to invest in mobile application development next year.