Depressing Developments

How is your organization weathering the downturn?

The economic downturn doesn't offer many places to hide. Gartner predicts that global IT spending this year will decline 3.8 percent from 2008. How is this slowdown affecting the .NET developer community? We checked in with developers and ISVs to get a sense of how they're adapting as Tech-Ed North America 2009 approaches. The results, which are the basis of this month's cover story, were enlightening. It turns out that different sectors are experiencing different levels of dislocation. One survey respondent in the building industry says "all new development is on hold, we are working on maintenenance only." But few are taking it harder than the auto industry.

A developer at a supplier of steering columns and shifters for auto and trucking manufacturers from Michigan says, "Our departmental budgets are virtually non-existent."

Similar tales of layoffs, cutbacks and bare maintenance-only budgets abound in the travel, finance, energy utility and other sectors. Heck, even collection agencies are hurting. "Yes, we have a lot of incoming business. But while placements are up, collections numbers are down, and we can't spend money for new projects," says the information services director of a Houston-based collection agency. Not everyone is cutting back.

Government, military, security and areas of health care remain active. Respondents working in the U.S. Army and Air Force say dev activity is strong, and one government developer writes, "We're moving forward with all current initiatives as planned. Funding, while potentially reduced, will just extend the time toward project completion."

How is your dev organization weathering the downturn? And how is the slowdown impacting your ability to adopt major new Microsoft technologies? E-mail me at [email protected].

About the Author

Michael Desmond is an editor and writer for 1105 Media's Enterprise Computing Group.

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