There is a growing divide between companies who are seeing a big return on their investment in information technology spending and those that are not, says a new study from Unisys. The study, which included several hundred IT managers, reveals that the divide stems from how carefully and prudently companies spend their technology dollars rather than how much they spend. One potential reason for the divide is that companies may be investing in the wrong technologies or not focusing their IT spending on strategic areas of their businesses, the survey says. The research showed that among respondents, their companies' top IT priorities do not always track with what actually will be funded.
This was particularly true in the areas of e-business, where it did not rate as the highest priority but often was well funded, and "increasing productivity, performance and efficiency," which was identified as a priority but often did not receive as much funding. In contrast, "upgrading systems" was identified as a priority and was well funded across the board.
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