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How Will Windows 7 Impact Your Company's IT Spending Plans?

Posted by: Peter Burrows on September 01, 2009

I’m starting work on a story on whether or not we’re in the early stages of a sustainable turnaround in tech spending, and in particular at the impact of Windows 7 on the overall tech sector. If you’d like to share information about what’s happening at your company, please weigh in:

— Are dollars for IT starting to flow again? Do you expect the 2010 IT budget to increase, and by how much? Or will your company’s tech spending settle at a lower level than before the downturn began a year ago?

— What are the company’s spending priorities now, and what do you think they will be in 2010?

— Will cloud computing—essentially, the ability for company’s to tap into technology purchased the cloud service providers—enable you to cut overall tech spending? Or will you spend the same, but on different things than in the past?

— Will Windows 7 cause the company to buy more PCs? If so, will that happen this year, 2010, or after that? If not, why not?

— Will the Windows 7 PCs your company buys be similar to models purchased in the past, or will the company move to netbooks and other cheaper models?

— Does Windows 7 have capabilities that will drive other investment cycles—say, to higher speed 10 gig networks?

— Do you believe the tech sector is entering a new growth phase?

Please include the company name, and contact info if you’re amenable to being contacted as I report out my story.

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Reader Comments


September 1, 2009 09:22 PM

Windows 7 will not be adopted in our 15000-PC company. And we support over 500 programs. Win XP is good enough for another 5 years....


September 2, 2009 01:00 AM

Well though I am not a part of any organization but since I am a gizmo freak I would say that Win XP is still in higher demand and about IT industry it has agn started to grow....
Acai Berry
Colon Cleanse


September 2, 2009 08:44 AM

My company is proud to be on Windows 3.1 and is planning a major upgrade in the next few months to Windows 95. Everyone is really excited.

Adam Katz

September 2, 2009 05:27 PM

Cloud computing (which is just a fancy term for hosted virtual machines with the option of dynamic scaling) should never use a desktop OS like Windows 7 or Windows XP except for testing and development, which already dictates exactly what OS must be used anyway. More typically, clouds use server systems like Debian Lenny, Red Hat EL 5, and Windows Server 2003/2008. This means that the first Win7-derived server OS (Windows Server 2010?) will be the big impact, not Windows 7 itself.

And yes, cloud computing has reduced my costs on several fronts. None of them are related to Windows 7.

Given Microsoft's release record and the Vista fiasco, then coupling it with the current economy, it makes no sense to dive right into Windows 7 when XP is still fully supported and familiar. Windows 7's first service pack will be the real determinant.

Google and Ubuntu are starting to apply pressure on the consumer market, and the corporate market will stick with XP until Win7 SP1. What does that make Windows 7 before then?

A beta release whose target audience is the tech-unsavvy.

-Adam Katz
Senior System Administrator, Inc.

Samuel Mann

September 17, 2009 10:59 PM

Interesting choice of words there Peter: "we’re in the early stages of a sustainable turnaround in tech spending". Your focus is clearly on the "buy more stuff" interpretation of sustainability. Perhaps some interesting aspects might emerge from refocussing your questions: "Will Windows 7 hasten the premature end of service life of a huge amount of invested precious resources long before the technically possible lifetime?". How about "is there any sign of a business model for IT based on truly sustainable use of resources rather than growth that simply means increasing the churn of tech gear?".


September 27, 2009 12:50 PM

Windows 7 has no logical purpose in the 30 or so companies I support. The only way Microsoft can force people to upgrade is if the peripheral drivers are not created for XP.

It's only a matter of time though...

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BusinessWeek writers Peter Burrows, Cliff Edwards, Olga Kharif, Aaron Ricadela, Douglas MacMillan, and Spencer Ante dig behind the headlines to analyze what’s really happening throughout the world of technology. One of the first mainstream media tech blogs, Tech Beat covers everything from tech bellwethers like Apple, Google, and Intel and emerging new leaders such as Facebook to new technologies, trends, and controversies.



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