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Firms Slash IT Spending in 2009
June 12, 2009

Over half of architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms (55%) are budgeting less for information technology in 2009 than they did in 2008, according to a new report from ZweigWhite. The 2009 Information Technology Survey reports that firms’ 2009 IT budgets are a median of 3.3% of net service revenue, down from 3.6% in 2008. Firms planning to decrease spending are expected to do so by a median of 20%.

While some decreases in spending are undoubtedly related to layoffs, cuts in staff are not entirely responsible for the plunge. The median IT budget per employee for 2009 is $4,545, which is down 5% from the 10-year high that it reached in 2008. At firms that plan to decrease spending this year, the area of IT that is projected to take the biggest hit is CADD systems.

The 2009 Information Technology Survey of Architecture, Engineering, Planning & Environmental Consulting Firms covers the latest data on IT spending, systems, and staff for companies across the U.S. It is available in the ZweigWhite bookstore.

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