U.S. Colleges and Universities Present A+ Opportunities for IT Suppliers, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 12, 2001 – IT spending at U.S. colleges and universities remains strong as hardware, software, support services, and communications vendors position themselves to grab their share of this $3.1 billion opportunity.


According to IDC's report State of Technology Usage in Higher Education Institutions, 2001 — which presents findings from IDC's 2000 U.S. Higher Education Institutions Survey of IT managers and senior technology officers at two-year and four-year public and private colleges and universities — spending on information technology averaged $764,000 for the 2000-2001 school year. School spending has remained remarkably consistent over time, and that trend will continue as spending levels climb just 2% to $780,000 in 2001-2002.

"Spending on computing hardware still accounts for the largest share of college IT spending, followed by computer support services and computer software. There is, however, an identifiable shift away from hardware and software spending and more toward computer support and communication products. "In many cases, technology infrastructure needs have been met," said Stephen Webber, analyst for IDC's K-College eLearning program. "Once that happens, schools inevitably move their resources to the operational side. It's critical to note that although overall IT spending may remain constant, the allocation of spending will change dramatically."

Key Findings

· Average IT spending by two- and four-year institutions narrowed, with two-year schools actually surpassing four-year institutions by just over 7%.

· In 2000-2001, Dell surpassed Apple as the most common brand of desktop PC owned by colleges and universities.

· Higher education institutions will purchase just under 2 million PCs in 2001 (86% desktops; 14% notebooks).

· 38% of colleges indicated at least half of their students own computers and use them in dorms or other school-affiliated property.

· Roughly 45% of schools indicated they intend to initiate policies that recommend or require students to own their own computers.

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