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The semi-annual Voice of IT SMB IT Report identifies purchasing patterns and technology trends among the Spiceworks community of 1.6 million SMB IT buyers. The latest report shows increased budgets and notable trends.
The previous State of SMB IT Report (1H 2011) showed a budget “thaw” in SMB IT budgets. Just six months later, it is clear that the SMB IT growth engine is well warmed up and on a path of continued growth and investment.
In particular, results from the second half of 2011 brought forward three distinct trends:
1. Cloud & Virtualization Services Taking SMBs by Storm
Adoption of cloud services has nearly doubled since the last measurement which had also doubled adoption in the prior period. Virtualization is the top IT initiative among SMBs with 61% currently using it. Pages 5 to 8 of the report contain detailed information on growth and specific categories of virtualization and cloud-based services.
2. Tablets Taking Off
A full third of SMBs surveyed indicated they have deployed one or more tablets on their network, and more than half of SMBs are planning to use tablets in 2012. More information on tablet purchase can be found on page 9 of the report.
3. Strong IT Budget Growth
IT budgets in the second half of 2011 grew 9% when compared with IT budgets for the first half of 2011, the largest increase in two years. And on the staffing front, nearly one third of SMBs are planning to hire IT staff (Page 4).
These levels of investment and technology adoption highlight an SMB market that is seeing a healthy or better return on IT as well as recognizing the distinct value and benefits of recent technology innovations.
Go to the Spiceworks web site to download the complete report.
In 2006, Jay Hallberg co-founded Spiceworks, the largest and fastest-growing social network for IT. Dubbed “The Facebook of IT” by TechCrunch, Spiceworks is used by 1.6 million SMB IT professionals and is transforming how $1 trillion worth of technology products and services is managed, marketed and sold each year.
VN:R_U [1.9.7_1111]Report: SMB IT Budgets Grow 9% as Focus Shifts to Cloud and Tablets,
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