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Microsoft sponsored study delves into issue of IT strain

Canadian IT workers may soon feel the pressure as businesses slow their pace of technology acquisitions and upgrade...


March 3, 2009  


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Canadian IT workers may soon feel the pressure as businesses slow their pace of technology acquisitions and upgrades amid a weakening economy, according to the results of a new Ipsos-Reid survey released by Microsoft Canada www.microsoft.com.

 

While 75% of business decision makers continue to invest in technology, 61% agreed that their IT staff is now expected to do more with less.

 

Although businesses understand that technology is a key business driver, 41% cent of respondents said their priority to upgrade or invest in technology has shifted due to the economic downturn, and 30% said they are putting fewer resources into technology. 

 

However, despite this change in spending, almost half of respondents said they are still looking at new technology to help strengthen their business.

 

“Canadians businesses are torn. On one hand, they are seeking the same value from their existing technology, but on the other hand, would rather not invest any additional resources to achieve this,” said Darren Meister, Associate Professor and Faculty Director, HBA Program, Ivey School of Business. “As a result, workers are stretched. This points to a need for businesses to make strategic investments in technologies that will help them compete and grow, without requiring a lot of IT spend.”

 

When asked what IT investments are a priority, almost half (45%) said they see a software plus services solution driving their business. But these expectations come with a price – 63% of respondents admit their IT workers are stretched to meet their current business needs.

 

Microsoft Canada, meanwhile, has announced that the Business Productivity Online Suite, part of Microsoft Online Services, is available as of today for trial to Canadian businesses of all sizes, with general availability on April 13.

 

The suite is a set of messaging and collaboration offerings hosted by Microsoft that consists of Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Office Live Meeting.