Stamford, Conn. (Dec. 4, 2003) -- After two years of declines, information technology buying by small and midsized businesses should rise in 2004, according to technology industry researchers Gartner Group.

"There is unrealized potential in the SMB market and it's all up for grabs," said Gartner research director Robert Anderson. He cited Gartner research that found SMBs' budgets for IT products and services in 2004 are 7.6 greater than their budgets a year ago and follow year-to-year IT budget declines of .2 percent in 2003 and 7 percent in 2002.

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