In what can only be a good sign for business technology and cloud computing, 53 percent of IT leaders expect their budgets to increase in 2012, including 66 percent of CIOs, according to a survey by TEKsystems.

The company said spending on IT infrastructure will increase 44 percent and IT application services will increase 40 percent. About 24 percent of people in IT see spending growing by more than 5 percent this year. Another 54 percent said they see mobility, including mobile device management, becoming a big part of technology adoption this year.

“During 2011, a number of trends like mobility, cloud computing and business intelligence garnered a lot of hype, but many organizations did not adopt and implement these initiatives right away. In 2012 organizations will be more prepared to take action,” says TEKsystems director Rachel Russell. “It will be critical for businesses to select service providers capable of lending practical insight developed from successful, on the line experiences to help guide and support these initiatives.”

This survey is different than a prediction by Gartner, which said CIO IT budgets are expected to increase just 0.5 percent. Either way, spending on cloud computing is likely to increase by most businesses this year, as more companies become aware of the technology's numerous benefits.