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CDW survey: Midsize businesses more optimistic about IT spending, but smaller companies back off

Reseller CDW has released its latest CDW IT Monitor, tracking IT spending intentions across all major commercial segments as well as government accounts. The good news is that midsize businesses were growing more confident during the survey period in May. The bad news is that smaller companies grew more skittish during the month.

A full 83 percent of the midsize companies responding to the CDW online poll reported that they planned to buy new software, as an example, during the second half of 2009. That was up 5 percentage points from April. However just 21 percent of small business IT decision makers believe their budgets will improve during the same time frame. This was down 8 percentage points from April.

One thing we can say for certain: Businesses are still quite uncertain about how to read the economy, which accounts for all the bounces in these numbers over the first half.

One last takeaway, with a more positive twist: Companies of all sizes expect better results in the second half. While small businesses recorded only a modest 4 percentage-point improvement in terms of expectations; 52 percent expect better company performance in the next size months. Medium-sized businesses improved 7 percentage points to 60 percent,  while enterprise businesses improved 9 points to 61 percent.

Here’s CDW’s analysis of the June data. The survey covered 1,042 IT decision makers from two national research samples.

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