IDC expects IT spending to reach $496.7 billion in the U.S. and $1.3 trillion on a worldwide level by 2009. While the communications and media, healthcare, financial and consumer markets are expected to be the most sought-after industries in terms of growth opportunities, government and discrete manufacturing will continue to account for the largest percentage of overall IT spending within the U.S. through 2009. Analysis of the global five-year IT spending forecast, by industry and public sectors, yields similar trends with government and discrete manufacturing being the largest IT spenders, followed by banking.

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