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Posted Nov 10 2008 4:20pm

Collaboration and information management are the two hottest software areas for small and midsize businesses, which means CRM and Business Intelligence software... good news is that it is becoming more affordable and easier for the small and medium size businesses to install...there are even many open source alternatives...shortage of skilled IT workers will continue..with a reliance on more outsourced solutions...and healthcare is in the same boat...BD 

When it comes to technology, it's back to basics for 2008—that means security, disaster recovery and consolidating infrastructure —with dropping interest in extra goodies such as increasing business efficiency or improving work force productivity, according to a new report.

Other important areas include e-commerce and converged communications. The image report also found that 57 percent ranked leveraging data assets as an important business goal, while 51 percent ranked business process improvements as very important.

According to the report, spending on software in general will rise, with 43 percent of software budgets going to new initiatives in 2008—an 11 percent increase over 2007. Most software spending will go to upgrading or replacing legacy systems. As for specific software expenditures, security software spending led the pack, with 37 percent planning on increasing spending in that area. Closely following security software were information management at 32 percent, infrastructure software at 32 percent and collaboration applications at 28 percent.

Report: IT Heads Back to Basics

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