Government and businesses will increase IT spending to $1.315 trillion this year and $1.4 trillion next year, Forrester Research predicts. "2014 looks like the first year since 2011 that threats of federal government shutdowns, potential failures to raise the federal debt ceiling, and austerity measures will not disrupt the prospects for US economic growth," Forrester's Andrew Bartels says in a report. Spending for software, including mobile applications, is forecast to rise to $284 billion in 2014 and $310 billion next year.

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