Vultures circle over IT jobs
Large suppliers make hay from greater pricing pressure
Big IT firms are likely to do better from the credit crunch than smaller suppliers, as greater economies of scale allow them to offer cheaper prices.
Overall IT budgets are stabilising after recording big falls in December and April. Goldman Sachs, which surveyed 100 CIOs at Fortune 1000 firms, warned that there is a risk of serious decline in the IT market in the near term.
Demand for discretionary IT projects dropped to the lowest level in the ten-year history of the survey. Virtualisation, server consolidation and cost-cutting remain top priorities.
Some 42 per cent of CIOs see potential to cut costs in third-party professional services. Internal staff were mentioned by only nine per cent of respondents.
Assuming tightened budgets, short-term staff involved in application development and maintenance would be first target at just under half of firms. 30 per cent of CIOs would look to on-site third party providers, and 12 per cent would look to reduce spending with offshore providers.
Pricing discounts are becoming more aggressive as vendors try to counter falling demand.
Server virtualisation and consolidation came in first and second as most important spending priorities in the next year, with Microsoft Vista upgrades coming in at 34th place.
Some 23 per cent of respondents using BlackBerry will also enable Microsoft-based devices in the next 12 months. ®
@Jon G and Gordon Pryra
no, #33 was "go out of business".
@Jon G and Gordon Pryra
Or in our case, get rid of the plants as we pay a company £7k a year to look after them.
Global Finance company? Not when sign off for anything more than £500 has to go to a senior manager.
Economies of scale?
"Big IT firms are likely to do better from the credit crunch than smaller suppliers, as greater economies of scale allow them to offer cheaper prices."
That may be the case when you're buying hardware and off-the-shelf software but economies of scale in services? Not that I've ever seen. Bigger vendors charge more because they are less likely to go bust (which also means they have the cash to counter-sue when the project goes titsup).
At 33 was "Buying cheaper tea bags"
and 32 was "Making contractors supply their own keyboards"
...and to think that the IT division at my localle is just seeing the light and beginning to outsource IT -- because big business is doing it! IDIOTS!