More than 80% of the 500-plus firms surveyed said they planned to make desktop purchases before the end of the year. Firms were also planning to spend more on storage and servers, but less on networking hardware.
The report revealed that UK companies lead Europe in IT services expenditure. UK and Ireland will represent almost 25% of European IT services spending in 2004.
Some 75% of UK firms plan to spend more than £68,300 on IT services during 2004, compared with 56% in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Almost 33% of UK executives polled plan to spend at least £341,500 on IT services before the year ends.
Security spending will stay high on the agenda, as it did in 2003. As well as security software, companies plan to purchase infrastructure software.