STUDY SAYS 2004 TO SEE SURGE IN IT UPGRADES: Nearly eight of 10 businesses polled in a recent survey by information technology consultant and researcher Yankee Group said that they will have undertaken a major software upgrade by the end of 2004. According to the survey of some 1,100 network administrators worldwide, the planned upgrades would encompass everything from client/server upgrades and new off-the-shelf applications to custom applications.

The companies participating in the study also indicated that they would undertake their respective software migrations in conjunction with simultaneous upgrades in hardware and network infrastructure — a strategy that also dictates substantial investments in new PCs and laptops.

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