December 8, 2010 – Spending on information technology will "remain restrained," next year, according to research firm Computer Economics. But technology executives "are also receiving the go-ahead to take risks with projects that promise long-term improvements" at their firms.

Operational spending will increase by 2 percent, at the median, according to the firm's "Outlook for IT Spending and Staffing in 2011." That means half of the 136 organizations surveyed in the last quarter of this year will increase spending more and half will grow spending at less than that rate or cut it. The 136 firms are in the U.S. and Canada.

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