03 November 2005 | Anusha Bradley
Purchasing is becoming more involved in IT buying as economic pressures squeeze budgets. But findings from Gartner reveal the profession is still "at the edge" of big IT buying decisions.
UK companies plan to increase their IT budgets by only 3.8 per cent in 2006, compared to 5.8 per cent in 2005, said the report. It polled those responsible for IT budgets at more than 400 European firms of all sizes and in all sectors to discover spending habits.
Roger Fulton, vice-president of research at Gartner, said the difference between 2006 and 2005 reflected the "mood of the economy". However, he said financial pressures meant firms realised the importance of procurement in achieving value for money.
"You can motivate buyers to meet performance targets, compared to IT professionals who go for the best people or latest technology rather than the best [overall] result," he said. "Procurement is still at the edge of many major IT investments, but there is definitely a cultural trend towards their involvement."