Organisations are not tackling urgent network related tasks such as security, redesign and capacity planning because they lack the skilled workforce needed to do such jobs.
This is expected to lead to increased demand for network consulting and integration services, with the current $12.1 billion market set to explode to more than $25.5 billion within four years.
But the security services sector will grow the fastest, reaching $975 million by 2003, according to a report by IDC entitled ?Network Consulting and Integration Services Worldwide Markets and Trends?.
Richard Brewer, an IDC analyst, said: "Increased media exposure of network hackers, viruses and other security threats has left organisations desperate to protect their valuable data."
He continued: "Skilled IT employees are becoming more and more scarce, while network complexities and demands for higher quality services are increasing. As a result, a typical organisation?s internal IS staff doesn?t have enough time to deal with issues like redesign, capacity planning and security policies because it is spending all its time responding to crises."
IDC said that US firms were the largest buyers of network consulting and integration services, purchasing $7.6 billion worth last year. Western Europe ranked second at $2.6 billion.
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