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Spiceworks Suvey: Improvement In Small Business IT Expected In 2010

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 5/28/2010

Improvements are expected in the small business IT sector following a difficult end to 2009, a recent survey said.

A recent report from Spiceworks, an IT management specialist, had some encouraging news for small business owners looking to implement IT solutions. According to the study, small and midsized business professionals expect this year to be better than last.

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The average IT budget rose to $117,200, the report found, and nearly half (43 percent) of SMBs reported budget increases. Sixty-seven percent of IT professionals said they will keep their teams the same for the first half of this year, and an additional 20 percent said they plan to add new full-time staff.

Such an increase would mark a turnaround, as the survey also found that the second half of 2009 was harder on midmarket IT departments than previously anticipated.

"In the last six months of 2009, IT budgets were used for essentials only," the report said, "primarily to upgrade or replace parts in hardware systems, enabling them to last just that bit longer."

According to its website, Spiceworks was founded in 2006 with the goal of providing small and midsized businesses with a better way to manage their IT. Borrowing from the iTunes model, the company provides management technology through an ad-supported business application.

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