Overall, it's cause for cautious optimism, says John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology: "84 percent of CIOs were at least somewhat confident in their company's growth prospects. That's up somewhat from Q3, and a continued building of cautious optimism by CIOs in terms of prospects for not only what they see for their companies, but for IT in general."
One of the takeaways from the survey is that companies are addressing pent-up demand in the project space. He says there is growing understanding that they need to implement some of these projects to ensure competitiveness. Reed says IT is moving from being another business function to something that can truly drive competitive advantage.
"That's translated into a lot of projects that have been sitting on the shelf and are now moving forward with a lot of increase in project-oriented work."
It's also being reflected in who is being hired, and how. Rather than a significant increase in hiring full-time resources, organizations are being more strategic and hiring more project-based employees.