Advanced Technologies Not Only for Large IT Shops
Size doesn’t matter when it comes to IT organizations adopting leading-edge technologies.
Size doesn’t matter when it comes to IT organizations adopting leading-edge technologies. Recently Spiceworks, a maker of free network monitoring software for small to midsize businesses (SMB) shared the results of its State of SMB IT survey, and the data showed that many of the companies with less than 1,000 polled are putting tablet PCs, virtualization and cloud services in place.
The survey asked 1,295 IT professionals from SMB organizations around the world and of those polled, 50% are deploying or planning to deploy tablet devices such as iPads within the next six months. Nearly half (46%) of those surveyed are using cloud services, a number which grew significantly since the first half of 2011 when it reached 28%. And more than 60% of SMBs participating in the survey are using virtualization, also an increase from 54% reportedly using the technology in the first half 0f 2011, according to a Spiceworks press release.
The semi-annual global study also found that IT budgets grew since the first half of 2011. With a 9% increase, the average annual IT budget for SMBs now stands at $143,000, up from the $132,000 previously reported for the first half of 2011 – which represents the largest increase in two years. And nearly one-third of those SMB IT pros polled said their organization plans to hire IT staff, according to Spiceworks.
“Despite market fluctuations, 2011 proved to be a great year for disruptive technologies as SMBs increasingly adopted tablet computers, cloud services and virtualization technology,” said Jay Hallberg, co-founder and vice president of marketing for Spiceworks, in a company press release. “The results of our most recent survey show SMBs making similar strategic technology investments with expanded budgets – pointing to a stronger market for IT products and services among small and midsize businesses in 2012.”
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