This year is set to be the first in the past decade in which end-user executives plan to significantly increase their IT investment, according to Gartner.
The analyst's CEO and Senior Executive Survey questioned 390 senior business leaders in worldwide companies with annual revenue over $250m (£163m), between October and December last year.
The results found that respondents planning to increase their IT spend in 2013 outnumbered those who did not by four to one, which Gartner branded a "turning point" for the industry.
The analyst claimed that after more than 10 years of only "modest investment", and "major political and economic uncertainties" obstructing investment last year, IT bosses are now ready to splash the cash. Some 78 per cent of chief executives said they feel able to plan investment and growth as "macro uncertainties".
Mark Raskino, Gartner's vice president, said cloud and mobile are high on the investment agenda.
"This is the year when business leadership teams must commit to investing bravely and deeply to redevelop the technology and information capability of their firms. After more than a decade of modest investment and sorting out the basics, it's time to think ahead," he explained.
"Business leaders tell us they recognise the need to invest in e-commerce, mobile, cloud, social and other major technology categories, and the capabilities they enable. That cannot be done from within existing IT budgets alone."
In line with the expected spending surge, Gartner's survey found that new digital-specific jobs are set to be created to dovetail with the increased investment.
Some 19 per cent of business leaders who answered the survey said they expect to have a chief digital officer role by next year, with 17 per cent hoping to see a chief data officer too.
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