Economic Impact of Windows Vista in NYC and NJ – Good news for IT pros

For IT consultants in NYC and NJ, IDC is reporting that Windows Vista is going to bring economic enrichment to the two states.
New York’s IT industry is expected to experience a significant financial impact as a result of the launch of the Windows Vista operating system. According to a research study recently completed by IDC and commissioned by Microsoft Corp., within the first year of the Windows Vista shipment, New York’s IT industry will begin seeing considerable increases in new jobs and revenue. The study’s findings indicate that Windows Vista will provide a foundation for the IT market, with more than 17 percent of total IT employment in New York related to Windows Vista. In addition, total Windows – related employment in New York is expected to jump by more than 16,000 new jobs.
Microsoft partners — companies that sell hardware, write software, provide IT services or serve as IT distribution channels — will also feel the impact of Windows Vista because it will drive substantial revenue and growth for Microsoft-centric companies. According to the study, the release of Windows Vista will help strengthen the more than 16,000 New York IT companies that will produce, sell or distribute products and services running on Windows Vista. The study also forecasts that, in New York, each dollar of Windows Vista-related revenue earned by Microsoft in 2007 will generate more than $19 in revenue for the ecosystem beyond Microsoft.
Microsoft’s ecosystem is making a sizable investment to prepare for and roll out Windows Vista worldwide, according to the IDC study. Between now and the end of 2007, IDC expects Microsoft partners to invest approximately $700 million in Windows Vista-related products and services in New York.
The study’s findings indicate that Windows Vista will provide a foundation for the IT market, with more than 17 percent of total IT employment in New Jersey related to Windows Vista. In addition, total Windows-related employment in New Jersey is expected to jump by more than 5,000 new jobs.
According to the study, the release of Windows Vista will help strengthen the more than 8,000 New Jersey IT companies that will produce, sell or distribute products and services running on Windows Vista. The study also forecasts that, in New Jersey, each dollar of Windows Vista-related revenue earned by Microsoft in 2007 will generate almost $21 in revenue for the ecosystem beyond Microsoft.
Between now and the end of 2007, IDC expects Microsoft partners to invest approximately $300 million in Windows Vista-related products and services in New Jersey.
We expect that in the first year of Windows Vista shipments, this ecosystem will sell more than $2.5 billion of Windows Vista-related products and services in New Jersey.”
The complete New York IDC study on the economic impact of Windows Vista is available here.
The complete New Jersey IDC study on the economic impact of Windows Vista is available here.

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