Gartner Survey Shows CRM Software Spending Is Expected to See the Largest Increase of all Application Software Markets

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Gartner Press Release, 2/23/11

Analysts to Discuss CRM Market Trends and Dynamics at Gartner Customer Relationship Management Summit 2011, March 14-15, in London and Gartner Customer 360 Summit 2011, March 30-April 1, Los Angeles

Spending on customer relationship management (CRM) software is expected to see the largest increase of all the application software markets worldwide in 2011, according to a survey by Gartner, Inc. Overall, 31 percent of respondents expect an increase in application software spending in 2011.

In comparing their 2011 fiscal budgets with 2010, 42 percent of survey respondents indicated that they expect to increase spending on CRM in 2011, compared to 39 percent on office suites and 36 percent on enterprise resource planning (ERP), which ranked second and third, respectively.

Gartner conducted an expansive primary research survey of more than 1,500 IT leaders of organizations in 40 countries, which concluded in July 2010. The goal was to determine software spending allocations for IT budgets in 2010 and predictions for 2011.

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