IT outlook for 2011 - NCTA event
It was nice to see a good turnout at yesterday’s NCTA Annual Meeting & Tech Expo in RTP, NC. The chatter was positive and lots of talk centered around the increase in job opportunities. One of our partners, Hire Networks, mentioned that business was great and there were lots of opportunities.
Also backing up the positive outlook for 2011 was Michael Smith, Vice President at Gartner Research. His keynote centered on the “2011 IT Outlook”. Here are some key takeaways from his presentation, or at least those that caught my attention!
- 70% of productivity growth in the U.S. comes from IT
- 2009 was the worst year for IT (I know, big surprise!)
- Predictions for 2011 include a 4.5% increase in IT spending
- Top 3 high-growth industries include manufacturing, government and banking
- 56% of companies are using social media with Facebook being the most used platform
- Mobile technologies will be the hottest ticket over the next couple of years with the dominate platforms being Android and Apple
So here’s to a much better year and wishing all of my peers much deserved success.
Oh and if Rick Smith of LocalTechWire is reading this post he won’t be surprised by this next statement but I have to say that its always disappointing to see the low percentage of women vs. men at these events. I know that there are several women in technology here in the Triangle but I would love to see more! Maybe we need more women in technology events….thoughts??