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Founded in 1979, Computer Economics provides metrics for IT management. We conduct original research and deliver advisory services regarding the strategic and financial management of information systems. Our clients include large IT organizations, major consulting firms, and professional services firms in North America and around the world. Our research is quoted widely in the business and tech press and in major news publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.


Our research publications provide IT metrics in six categories along with practical advice backed up by our annual surveys of IT decision makers:

  1. Budgets and Spending: How much do IT organizations spend, and what do they spend it on? Our IT Spending and Staffing Benchmarks study, published annually since 1990, is the definitive source of IT spending ratios, such as IT spending as a percentage of revenue and related metrics for over 20 industry and government sectors.
  2. Staffing and Salaries: How many staff members do IT organizations have, in what positions, and what do they pay them? Our IT staffing ratios reports provide staffing metrics on 16 IT job functions, and our IT Salary Report provides compensation data for over 70 IT jobs in more than 400 U.S. metropolitan areas and 20 industry sectors.
  3. Technologies: What technologies are IT organizations investing in? Our annual Technology Trends study and detailed reports provide an overview of current adoption trends, investment trends, and customer experience for a variety of new and popular technologies.
  4. Management Processes: How well do IT organizations manage their own internal processes? Our annual study on IT Management Best Practices and related reports, give details on the current state of maturity for over 30 IT practices found within the best run IT organizations.
  5. Outsourcing: What IT functions are organizations outsourcing, and to what extent? Our annual IT Outsourcing Statistics study and related reports provide an overview and detailed analysis of current trends and customer experience in outsourcing 10 IT functions.
  6. Equipment Valuations: Our IT valuations database and related reports provide data on typical vendor discount levels, current fair market values, and residual value forecasts for computer hardware.

Consulting Services

To supplement and apply our research publications, we also provide consulting services to assist our clients in their decision-making. For example we provide an affordable IT Spending and Staffing Custom Benchmarking Service.

In addition, through our sister management consulting firm, Strativa, we also offer consulting on business strategy, IT strategy, business process improvement, IT due diligence, software vendor selection, and project management.

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Computer Economics website subscriptions are available at a fraction of the price of a single seat for one of the major IT research firms, and most analyst support is provided at no additional charge.

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