A recent IDC study examines the top ten states for business IT spending from 2005-2009. Of the top ten, Georgia, Texas, and Florida are expected to have the fastest growth rates over the course of the five-year period. Not surprisingly, as three of the largest states in the country, California, New York and Texas topped the charts as the biggest spenders on business IT in 2004. These three states alone accounted for 30 percent of total spending on business IT within the U.S. last year, with the top ten states as a whole accounting for 56 percent of the total spend.

Generally speaking, the healthcare, life sciences, high tech, banking, financial markets and communications industries will all be key contributors to the future health of IT spending in these states. In terms of technological focus, refreshing the infrastructure and expanding the network of connectivity will continue to be the focal point in many companies, with the fastest acceleration to be enjoyed by vendors of smart handheld devices, volume servers, systems infrastructure software and services spending on operations and maintenance support.

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