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IT Management and Administration Staffing Ratios
July, 2016
Optimizing the number of managers is essential for a competently run IT department. This study examines how many managers a well-run IT organization requires, and it presents staffing metrics for IT managers and two related support functions: IT finance/vendor management and clerical support. To benchmark IT management, we use two metrics: IT managers as a percentage of the IT staff and users per IT manager. We provide metrics for small, midsize, and large organizations. To provide further perspective, we consider the five-year trend in IT managers as an average percentage of the IT staff. (20 pp., 10 fig.0
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IT Security Staffing Ratios
July, 2016
IT security staffing is rising in the wake of a continuing drumbeat of security breaches. For many IT organizations, this means reassessing the adequacy of their IT security budgets and staffing levels. In this study, we present data about the five-year trend in IT security staffing. In light of current trends, we help IT executives assess their security staffing needs by providing four benchmarks: IT security specialists as a percentage of the IT staff, IT security specialists as a percentage of the Network and Communications Group, applications per IT security specialist, and network devices per IT security specialist. We also assess the influence of organization size and sector on staffing requirements. (20 pp., 11 fig.)
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Vendor Discount Report (July 2016)
July, 2016
Market intelligence on current discounting practices for business equipment can be difficult to obtain. As a result, buyers do not know whether a better deal can be negotiated. This updated report, based on our knowledge of recent deals, provides buyers with guidance concerning current discount structures on a variety of equipment. Categories include IT equipment (desktops, laptops, network equipment, printers, servers, and storage), office equipment (copiers, mail equipment), forklifts, medical equipment, test equipment, and miscellaneous equipment. Major vendors include IBM, HP, Dell, HP, Apple, and others. Includes a downloadable PDF workbook of more than 300 deals used in the report to calculate average discounts and soft cost statistics (14pp., 21 figs.).

Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Adoption Trends and Customer Experience
June, 2016
Business intelligence (BI) solutions have moved beyond monitoring business activity to making predictions about customers, products, and markets. This study examines adoption and investment trends for data warehouse and business intelligence technology of all types, providing data on how many organizations have the technology in place, how many are implementing it, and how many are expanding investments on new capabilities. To give additional insight, we look at the ROI and TCO experience of those that have adopted the technology, and we assess what types of solutions are being adopted and how much money IT organizations are budgeting for their investment in these solutions. (17 pp., 9 fig.)
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Mobile Applications Continue Steady Rise
June, 2016
This study provides metrics for mobile application adoption and investment and reports on customer satisfaction and customer experience with return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TOC). It also examines what applications enterprises are adapting to the mobile experience as well as the platforms on which they are choosing to develop those applications. Finally, we assess which sectors are adopting mobile applications, and whether those organizations are developing mobile applications in-house, outsourcing the task, or relying on commercial software vendors. (19 pp., 10 fig.)
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IT Spending and Staffing Benchmarks 2016/2017: Full Study
June, 2016
Our 2016/2017 IT Spending and Staffing Benchmarks study provides a comprehensive view of the current state of IT budgeting and staffing levels for business and governmental organizations in the U.S. and Canada, based on our 27th annual survey. Detailed metrics are provided by organization size and by industry sector. This article allows purchase of all 25 chapters at a significant discount off the individual chapter price. Individual chapters are also available for purchase--click the Full Study Description below for details. (1,436 pp., 911 figs.)
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ERP Support Staffing Ratios
May, 2016
In this study, we analyze ERP support requirements by means of a simple ratio: the number of ERP users per ERP support staff member. The higher the ratio, the more productive the support personnel appear to be, all other things being equal. We assess this ratio by size of installation, sector, maturity of installation, and upgrade frequency. We then compare ratios for Oracle E-Business and SAP ERP systems with the composite ratio for all other systems. Finally, we provide recommendations on optimizing staffing levels. (16 pp., 6 fig.)
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Technology Trends 2016
February, 2016
This major study provides insight into the customer experience and adoption rates for 12 technology initiatives that are top-of-mind for many companies. The study also delves into satisfaction of the customer experience and the specific types of solutions under consideration. With this information business leaders are in a better position to assess the potential risks and rewards of each of these technology initiatives. They also can gain insight into just how aggressively competitors and peers are making these investments. (95 pp., 86 figs.)
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2016 IT Salary Report
December, 2015
The Computer Economics 2016 IT Salary Report provides total compensation (base pay plus incentive pay) for 69 specific IT job functions for more than 400 U.S. metro areas and 20 industry sectors. The executive summary also provides our forecast for pay raises and hiring in 2016 and includes job descriptions for each job function in this study. The salary tables are provided as a downloadable Microsoft Excel workbook, with total salaries reported at the 10th, 25th, 50th (median), 75th, and 90th percentiles. (28 pp., 5 figs., plus salary tables)
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IT Management Best Practices 2015/2016
September, 2015
Much of the mission of the IT organization is to automate and improve business processes throughout the enterprise. But the IT organization itself also has its own need for process improvement and automation. The best-run IT organizations not only focus their process improvement efforts on those of other departments, they also seek to optimize their own IT management processes internally. In this study, we examine the growth and maturity of 30 IT management practices which we have grouped into five major categories: IT governance practices, IT financial management practices, IT operational management practices, IT security and risk management practices, and software development practices. (182 pp., 168 figs.)
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