Garrester, a research company, released their fifth annual "State of the US IT industry" report Tuesday with little fanfare. "We interviewed 5,000 managers throughout the country" revealed Garrester spokesperson David Collins, "And frankly we discovered absolutely nothing new."
Analysts at the company were said to be devastated by the news. "We worked solidly for three full weeks" said one under condition of anonymity, "We checked and re-checked our data. But at the end of the day we failed to find one iota of new information."
Pundits from McBainsey, a consultancy, were not surprised by the announcement. "The value of these reports has been trending downwards for some time" said Arnold Chou, "We were expecting them to bottom out sometime soon. We just didn't expect them to flat-line completely."
Nevertheless, David Collins continued to put a positive spin on the findings. "I think this shows us that the industry is slowing down – both in terms of spending and also in terms of thinking. If we in the US fail to generate any new thinking then someone is bound to step in to fill the void".
The full report is available from Garrester for $5,450.