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Small Business IT Spending To Rise In 2011

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 6/1/2011

Small to medium-sized businesses and consumers are expected to invest heavily in IT in the coming years.

According to the latest International Data Corporation forecast of small business technology news, the nearly 8 million small to-medium sized businesses in the United States will spend more than $125 billion on advanced technology in 2011.

Small Business IT Spending

For example, Computer Business Review reports that SMB technology consumers are becoming savvy to cloud services. Research from global strategy consulting firm AMI-Partners notes that SMB's are expected to show a strong inclination to purchase bundled cloud offerings this year as opposed to stand-alone applications.

In addition, SMB technology consumers are expected to raise their allocated funds appropriated towards cloud-based services from 10 to 15 percent in 2011.

"SMBs account for an increasing share of overall corporate IT spending in the U.S.," said Justin Jaffe, senior research analyst for SMB and home office research at IDC. "Vendors that understand how changing economic conditions and emerging technologies are affecting IT acquisition for different company size segments will have a considerable advantage in developing and marketing technology products and services for SMBs."

IDC's research also found that notebook PCs are the more popular choice for SMBs for internet use as opposed to desktops. It's projected that by 2015, the number of SMBs with notebooks will be nearly 4.7 million.

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