I came across this AP article recently. If the predictions are true, then that rings good news for many of us in the enterprise integration and infrastructure enablement business. The article points out that IT spending has been limited and focused purely on things that enable cost-cutting. The shift in focus is
‘toward software that backs up genuine “enterprise” or “strategic” moves’.
The article also points out that Forrester Research expects overall information technology spending to grow 4 percent, but such “strategic” spending to rise 9 percent.
This could cause a big boost in spending on the “strategic” types of projects that warrant the use of and Enterprise Service Bus for integration across multiple departments and business units. This will help accelerate the rise ESB as a technology trend.