U.S. CIOs expect total IT budgets to increase 1.8 percent next year, roughly 50 percent less than they did in 2012, according to new 2013 IT budget benchmarks from Va.-based CEB. Despite economic woes, European organizations are expecting a 2-percent increase in IT budgets. The primary driver of total budget growth comes from increases in operational expenditures of 2.5 percent. Capex budget growth has stalled. Two-thirds of CIOs expect to see increases in operating expenditures in 2013, the group says, while one-fifth plan to reduce them. CIOs expect to allocate funding increases to projects that improve employee productivity through better insights, collaboration and mobility; and to increase IT’s delivery flexibility and efficiency. And there’s more: Spending on mobile apps will grow 50 percent in 2013, but that doesn’t include funds spent to supply employees with mobile devices or marketing funds spend on mobility; and CIOs will continue shifting spending from process automation (30 percent) to information management (32 percent) projects. Cloud spending is predicted to increase to roughly 7 percent of total IT budgets, with SaaS receiving the largest share, followed by Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).