Piper added that because the survey showed that senior executives are very positive about spending, he has additional confidence that the expectations will actually be fulfilled. Surveys of lower-ranking employees can be misleading since their wishes may be vetoed further up the chain of command.

Both surveys are a switch from a much-less-positive IT spending poll published last fall by Goldman Sachs. "2005 forecasts are below this year's spending projections, pointing to low single-digit growth all over again," wrote Goldman analyst Laura Conigliaro.

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