InfoComm International released some of the data from its most recent poll of its members, including systems contractors, design specialists, and lighting/staging specialists. A key finding in the presentation, given by Duffy Wilbert, InfoComm International’s vice president of membership, was a $75 billion estimate for the value of products and services sold and provided by systems integrators globally. Of that total, about $29 billion came from sales in the U.S. and Canada, with products and services split almost evenly as revenue sources, 51 percent vs. 49 percent, respectively.
In terms of sector, health, government, and higher education were the three leading categories. Among the categories showing the least growth was digital signage. Corporate work had lagged for most of Q4 2008 and Q1 2009, but has shown indications that a comeback is under way. Nonetheless, respondents noted that even as work picks up in certain sectors, customers are tending to limit the scope and budgets of projects.
Regarding how systems integrators are weathering the current economic storm, the vast majority of respondents indicated that access to credit has not been a major problem. Still, they have had to tighten their belts: 37 percent of companies responding to the survey said they have had to resort to layoffs, mostly among systems integrators; 32 percent said they are leaving empty positions vacant; and 17 percent said they have had to cut salaries and/or benefits. The InfoComm Performance Index—which rates on a scale of one to 10, 10 being best, how respondents perceive how the next six months will play out economically—went from 5.94 to 6.31, suggesting a murmur of optimism in the industry.
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