IT Pros Make Holiday Wish Lists

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) recently asked people visiting its Web site to indicate which high-tech device is at the top of their holiday wish lists this year. Nearly 1,000 responses were received from IT professionals, who represent manufacturers, distributors, resellers, solution providers, Internet service providers (ISPs), application service providers (ASPs), software developers, e-commerce and telecom companies.

What do they want this holiday season? Video games.  More than 31 percent of respondents selected new gaming consoles from a list of 11 options, with 21 percent going for the Sony PlayStation 3 and 10 percent going for the Xbox 360.

In between those two is high-definition TV (HDTV) with 18 percent of respondents, which might represent a tie-in with gaming, as an HDTV is needed to properly display the advanced graphics of the PS3 and Xbox 360, and only 2.4 of respondents selected an HD-DVD player as a desired item.

“The high level of interest in the new game consoles, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, was somewhat surprising — clearly these games are not just for kids,” said John Venator, CompTIA president and CEO, who speculated that some of this swing toward consoles occurred because these are relatively or brand new systems. “IT pros have traditionally been at the front of the line whenever the ‘next big thing’ hits the computer and consumer electronics market, whether it’s the newest cell phone, BlackBerry or video game.”

Meanwhile, more general entertainment items seem to have cooled with IT…



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