As the world economy continues to improve, more and more firms have amassed large cash positions on their balance sheets. Saugatuck Technology recently convened a roundtable discussion in mid-February with its team and several leading investment research analysts and venture investors to understand whether or not this will create a windfall for IT investment in 2006 and beyond.

After the sharp downturn in IT spending that began in 2001, IT spending has quietly recovered and resumed its upward climb versus other forms of capital spending. IT spend is again approaching 50 percent of business capital investment. While this reflects stronger economic fundamentals, it begs the question as to when and where large multinationals will release and target the massive cash positions accumulated on their balance sheets over the past few years.

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