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What's Hot? Survey Says ERP, Win 7 and Virtualization

Research firm Computer Economics (great name, by the way) just wrapped up a survey pinpointing what you, the IT professional, plan to spend your company's hard-earned cash on. Surprising, at least to me, is a rush to either buy or upgrade ERP systems. This could be good news for Microsoft Dynamics, SAP and Oracle.

One item I'm not surprised made the list was Windows 7. Nearly a third of respondents are planning to spend cash on Win 7 upgrades this year. Many of these shops bought into Vista and want to get a far away from that dog as soon as possible.

While server virtualization has long been hot, desktop virtualization is now catching fire, with nearly a third already having invested in it.

Unified Communications is also on the upswing, with 40 percent of shops planning some kind of spend this year.

What are your IT priorities? Send you list, long or short, to dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on August 09, 2010 at 11:53 AM

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Mon, Aug 9, 2010 BWJ Texas

That is an interesting read. I can tell you that we are smack dab in the middle of an ERP upgrade, getting away from an ancient, specialized, not well supported accounting system to a full blown Oracle ERP rollout. Our idea is to get it done and well implemented while business is slow so we don't have to do it while business is booming and we're all too busy. We also will roll out Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, alogn with Office 2010 soon. We are doing the MS upgrades because we skipped Vista and most of our computers and the OS is aging and we need to be in a better support position. However, we simply wanted to wait out Vista. I think many companies are like us in the OS arena. Most are not going to W7 because they upgraded to Vista and got stung, they going because they skipped it and XP is getting old and there are many many good features to take advantage of in W7 and Server 2008 R2. Vista was not a dog, but XP sp3 was performing nicely and there was no business need to upgrade a bunch of machines to the kind of hardware necessary to run Vista properly.

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