Study: Web Services Lead Growing IT Investment

By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 2006-09-19 Print this article Print

A SIM survey of senior IT execs reflects changing priorities and upbeat trends in spending and salaries.

DALLAS—Web services have come out of nowhere to emerge as the top technology for 2006, according to a survey of senior IT execs.

In a poll of 139 members of the Society of Information Management conducted in May 2006, the respondents placed Web services at the top of their technology to-do lists. Web services were not among the top six technologies in the previous year's survey.

The results of the survey, revealed at SIM's annual SIMposium conference here, also showed increases in IT budgets and salaries, reflecting a continuing bullishness for IT in general and a reversal of the bearishness surrounding IT from 2001 to 2004.

"The tide has turned; the economy is great; we're hiring and paying more to ourselves and our staffs," Luftman said in a presentation to the SIM members. Luftman said the survey sample represented a cross-section of SIM members in a variety of different businesses and from companies large and small.

Security, which had been at the top of the list for two years, dropped to third place, said the study's author, Jerry Luftman, professor and associate dean of graduate IS programs for the Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, N.J., and SIM vice president of Academic Community Affairs.

Luftman said the lessening in interest in security probably reflects the progress that IT pros believe they have made in the past several years to make their IT systems less vulnerable to attack.

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Stan Gibson is Executive Editor of eWEEK. In addition to taking part in Ziff Davis eSeminars and taking charge of special editorial projects, his columns and editorials appear regularly in both the print and online editions of eWEEK. He is chairman of eWEEK's Editorial Board, which received the 1999 Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press. In ten years at eWEEK, Gibson has served eWEEK (formerly PC Week) as Executive Editor/eBiz Strategies, Deputy News Editor, Networking Editor, Assignment Editor and Department Editor. His Webcast program, 'Take Down,' appeared on Zcast.tv. He has appeared on many radio and television programs including TechTV, CNBC, PBS, WBZ-Boston, WEVD New York and New England Cable News. Gibson has appeared as keynoter at many conferences, including CAMP Expo, Society for Information Management, and the Technology Managers Forum. A 19-year veteran covering information technology, he was previously News Editor at Communications Week and was Software Editor and Systems Editor at Computerworld.

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