Survey: Healthcare tops list for IT growth in U.S. economic cloud

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More than half of respondents to CDW’s annual IT Industry Straw Poll reported that healthcare and energy industries were strong growth segments for next year for IT, which aligns with the stated national objective to prescribe IT as a cure for increasing healthcare costs.

The survey of 273 IT leaders, conducted at CDW’s annual Partner Summit, also revealed that 60 percent of respondents predict that overall IT spending within their customer base will remain the same or perhaps grow next year.  
However, defining the top three business challenges of 2008, 78 percent cited the weak economy as their biggest obstacle throughout the year. Thirty-three percent of respondents cited organizational changes and 30 percent pointed the finger at escalating internal operational costs as significant inhibitors.
Forty percent cited government as secondary IT growth market. Predictably, respondents anticipate hard times ahead in the financial services and retail segments, reported CDW.
Ranking IT categories by strongest growth potential, 34 percent anticipate marked growth in budgets for virtualization. Thirty-two percent and 31 percent, respectively, expect increased budgets for security and storage. Respondents also predicted growth in wireless, business continuity and unified communications in the 20 percent range.