A number of surveys indicate that companies will establish strategies for reducing IT costs in 2010 as budgets remain flat, according to a recent article.

Forrester Research found that IT spending will increase 6.6 percent this year after falling 8.2 percent last year, while Wedbush Securities found that cost-saving measures such as virtualization will rank high among IT priorities in 2010, according to CIO magazine. Many firms will try to manage budget constraints by reducing their need for in-house IT staff.

"Companies will buy equipment, but they don't want to make a commitment to people if they're worried they'll have to lay them off in six months," Forrester Research IT spending and budget analyst Andrew Bartels told the magazine.

Researchers say that skills in virtualization and cloud computing will be in high demand as firms seek to outsource IT purchases to online service providers, the article noted.

Cloud-based software and other IT outsourcing services have done brisk business in recent years, largely because they help in reducing IT costs. Gartner found that global revenues from SaaS applications increased 18 percent in 2009.ADNFCR-2553-ID-19582627-ADNFCR