The research, which targeted private and public sectors, showed that 40% of IT managers and staff are resolutely optimistic and won’t give in to the ambient negativism. 20% said that they were not letting it affect them at all, and 33.5% said that, although they felt the pressure on them had increased, they were able to take this in their stride. Only 6.5% said they were losing sleep over the increased uncertainty.
If attitudes remained upbeat, the challenges facing IT were clearly laid out: 31% of those questioned had seen redundancies in their IT department, and just under half (47%) had made budget cuts.
So what kind of action are IT professionals taking to deal with the situation? 69% say they are working smarter in order to do more with less – and outlined different ways in which they were achieving this – among them:
- Using technology to increase automation (65%)
- Focusing more on educating their customers (51%)
- Implementing ITIL based processes to save costs (38%), ahead of outsourcing which only 28% selected as an effective method of saving costs.
Sunrise has published a full report on its website going into further detail on how these strategies and others were being deployed, including IT’s approach to ITIL and ISO/IEC accreditations.
Sunrise Chairman Tom Weston commented: “It’s encouraging to see that IT is setting an example in level-headedness. The danger with the current doom and gloom is that people can be made to feel powerless, but there’s a lot that can be said for remaining positive and taking proactive steps to improve your business.”
Survey conducted online throughout March 2009. 66% of the 175 respondents came from the private sector and 34% from the public sector.