Wireless LANs, Linux, and messaging are all poised to make important gains in the year ahead. Meanwhile, project-based IT services and 64-bit computing will face ongoing challenges in 2003. These are just a few of the prognostications from IDC.

“We expect to see a return to spending growth in 2003 in both the IT and telecommunications sectors,” says John Gantz, chief research officer at IDC. “However, these gains will not lift all sectors of the industry equally. Hardware spending and wireless services will benefit the most from increased spending over the near term, while IT consulting will continue to languish. Moreover, IDC expects overall technology spending growth to remain in the single digits for the foreseeable future. This is a significant departure from the double digit growth characterizing much of the last decade and will force technology providers to rethink their market strategies.”

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