By INN Editorial StaffWhile the economic downturn is not causing wholesale changes in IT budgets, it is shifting spending toward projects that can provide quick, demonstrable returns on investment.A February 2009 study conducted by Silver Spring, Md.-based AIIM finds trepidation about the economy at large offset by a commitment to spending on information technology deemed essential to the organization.

Indeed, pessimism about the economy was abundant, with only 34 percent of respondents predicting that the downturn would abate in 2009. Although this feeling was widespread, the numbers did reveal that the tendency to be pessimistic grew along with the size of the company queried.

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